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

EEOC Does Not Have to Reveal Statistical Analysis Used for Background Check Lawsuit against Dollar General

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An Illinois federal judge has denied an objection by Dollar General to an earlier ruling that determined the retailer could not obtain the statistical analysis used in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed Dollar General’s background check program kept African Americans from finding work with the company, according to a report from CookCountyRecord.com. Continue reading

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Posts Article by Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen on Helping Ex-Offenders Find Work

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Job seekers with criminal records face many challenges when re-entering the workforce. To help these reformed ex-offenders find employment, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), a California nonprofit corporation helping individuals protect their privacy, has posted an article titled “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back Into the Workforce” by safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR). Continue reading

Webinar Shows Employers How to Deal with Employees Charged With a Crime

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

When a business learns that an employee has been arrested, numerous concerns are raised. To address this problem, Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled “Dealing With Employees That Have Been Charged With a Crime” on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Against Big Lots Claims FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania against Big Lots Stores Inc. claims the retail discount store chain allegedly conducted improper background checks on employees in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

Nashville TN Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Metro Civil Service Commission of Nashville, Tennessee has voted unanimously to join the Ban the Box movement and remove the check box on job applications for employment with the consolidated city and county that asks if applicants were ever convicted of a crime in the past, according to report on the WKRN-TV News 2 website. Continue reading

Employers Should Watch Out for Phony Job Seekers Looking for FCRA Lawsuits Not Work

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers conducting background checks on prospective employees have to worry about the sharp rise in the number of class action lawsuits filed by job applicants over alleged technical violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Employment Screening Resources (ESR) saw the potential for phony job seekers looking to file FCRA class action lawsuits over technical violations of the FCRA as far back as a March 25, 2009 blog “Cup of Coffee with that Criminal Conviction? Starbucks Case Underscores Importance of Well-Crafted Employment Application” written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. Continue reading

Military Veterans Face Unique Challenges in Civilian Workforce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nearly two-thirds – 64 percent – of U.S. military veterans employed in white collar jobs in the civilian workforce say they are not using skills that could be relevant in the corporate world while more than one-third – 38 percent – say corporate leaders are incapable of seeing their full potential, according to findings in the book Mission Critical: Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce from the Center for Talent Innovation that highlights the unique challenges military veterans face in civilian workplaces. Continue reading

European Commission Issues Guidance on Data Transfers to US after Safe Harbor Ruled Invalid

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Commission has issued guidance on transatlantic data transfers and is urging the establishment of a new data transfer agreement within three months after an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidated the Safe Harbor pact allowing data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), according to a European Commission press release. Continue reading

Banks Have Special Obligation to Perform Background Checks when Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Banks and financial entities have a special obligation to exercise care when hiring due to regulations and the need to maintain a workforce that clients will trust. To help with this task, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a Greg Souther Bank Webinar titled “Who is Your Bank Hiring: Trends, Legal Developments and Regulatory Obligations for Employment Background Checks” on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 2 PM to 4 PM Eastern Time (11AM to 1 PM Pacific Time). Continue reading