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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

FTC Files Charges Against Alleged High School Diploma Mills

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed charges against two operators of alleged online high schools that claim to be legitimate but are “little more than diploma mills charging anywhere from $135 to $349 for a worthless certificate,” according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Reviews Book on Criminal Records in America

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

“The Eternal Criminal Record” (Harvard University Press 2015) by Professor James B. Jacobs “covers critical topics and is essential reading for anyone dealing with background checks and the impact of criminal records on individuals,” according to a book review by Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of San Francisco, California area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Continue reading

NFL to Background Check Players Entering 2016 Draft for Criminal Convictions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

All college football players planning to enter the 2016 National Football League (NFL) Draft will undergo a criminal record background check that could bar them from attending the NFL Scouting Combine or the NFL Draft if convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault, or weapons charges are revealed, according to a news story on NFL.com. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Present Webinar on Social Media Screening for Paycor Coffee Break Series

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading global provider of background check services, will present the webinar “Social Media and Background Screening: If It’s on the Internet, Isn’t it Fair Game?” for the Coffee Break educational programming series from leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor. This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT. To register, click here. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Helps Employers Avoid FCRA Lawsuits

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With litigation against employers conducting background checks mushrooming, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Compliance World – ‘The Explosion of Lawsuits against Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – Traps and Pitfalls to Avoid’ – on February 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PT/1:00 PM to 2:30 AM ET. Continue reading

January Jobs Report Reveals 151,000 Jobs Added in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January while the unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent and the number of unemployed people fell to 7.8 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JANUARY 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Continue reading

Report Finds Exonerations in US Reached Record High in 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report released by the National Registry of Exonerations revealed that 2015 was record year for exonerations in the United States with 149 in 29 states, the District of Columbia, federal courts, and Guam. The 149 exonerations broke the previous record of 139 set in 2014. The 149 defendants who were exonerated in 2015 served on average approximately 14-and-a-half years in prison. Continue reading

International Background Checks and Global Compliance Examined in Webinar

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help Human Resources professionals maintain global compliance, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with TrainHR entitled ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST (NOTE: This webinar is being re-scheduled for a later date). Continue reading

EU and US Agree to Replace Safe Harbor Data Transfer Agreement with EU-US Privacy Shield

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Union (EU) Commission and the United States (US) have agreed on a new framework for data transfers called the EU-US Privacy Shield to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor pact, according to a European Commission press release (PDF). The deal creating a replacement for the 16-year-old Safe Harbor agreement comes two days after the original January 31, 2016 deadline for such an agreement had passed. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Co-Sponsor E-Verify Webinar on Making HR Compliance Easy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check provider that enables employers to make informed hiring decisions quickly and easily, will co-sponsor a complimentary webinar entitled “E-Verify with the DHS: Making HR Compliance Easy” with EMP Trust HR, Berkshire Associates Inc., and PDS on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST. To learn more, click here. Continue reading