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Small Business Administration To Hold National Small Business Week May 1-7


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – an agency of the federal government that protects the interests of small business owners – will hold the National Small Business Week (NSBW) from May 1-7, 2016 with this year’s theme being “Dream Big, Start Small.” Links to information about the many events that are being held around the country during National Small Business Week are available below. Continue reading

President Obama Urged to Ban the Box for Federal Contractors by Civil and Human Rights Groups


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has written an advocacy letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of more than 100 organizations and individuals that both commends the administration’s “commitment to reducing barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction records” but also asks “for additional action that extends ban the box and fair chance hiring to the nation’s government contractors.” Continue reading

Data Breach Caused by Alleged Phishing Scam Leads to Class Action Lawsuit against Supermarket


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A proposed nationwide class action lawsuit claims that Phoenix, Arizona-based supermarket chain Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. allegedly fell victim to a data breach caused an email “phishing” scam that led the company’s payroll department to voluntarily release the W-2 Wage and Tax Forms of up to 21,000 employees in March 2016, according to a report on the Top Class Actions website. Continue reading

Attorney Lester Rosen To Examine Top Ten Background Check Trends in Webinar on May 2


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers stay up to date with evolving trends in the background check industry, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for the Clear Law Institute entitled “Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016” on Monday, May 2, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET / 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM PT. To register for the event, click here. Continue reading

Census Bureau Agrees to Pay $15 Million to Settle Lawsuit for Discrimination in Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Census Bureau has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the criminal background checks performed when hiring workers for the 2010 census racially discriminated against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records, according to a report from Reuters on the Census Discrimination Lawsuit website. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mill May Have Helped High School Football Team Cheat


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An independent investigation by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Bellevue School District claims a Seattle-area high school football team used ineligible players, falsified addresses, and let players who could not qualify academically to play sports take classes at an alleged “diploma mill” with their tuition paid by boosters, according to a report from Courthouse News Service. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Shows How Improper Use of Criminal Records Can Get Employers Sued


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a live 90 minute webinar with Compliance World entitled “Employers – Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued” on Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PST. For more information or to register for this event, click here. Continue reading

Major Corporations Sign White House Pledge to Ban the Box

Fair Chance Business Pledge

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several major American corporations including Coca-Cola, Facebook, and Starbucks have joined President Barack Obama as the founding members in signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge that asks all of the U.S. private sector to Ban the Box on employment applications in order to eliminate barriers to job seekers with a criminal record, according to a White House Fact Sheet. Continue reading

Missouri to Ban the Box by Removing Criminal History Questions from State Job Applications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed Ban the Box legislation – Executive Order 16-04 – to direct state agencies to lessen unnecessary barriers to jobs by removing questions relating to criminal history from initial state employment applications, according to a report on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Article 29 Working Party Has Strong Concerns with EU-U.S. Privacy Shield


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

European Union (EU) data protection watchdog group Article 29 Working Party has released a statement about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that “welcomes the significant improvements brought by the Privacy Shield compared to the Safe Harbor decision” but also expresses “strong concerns on both the commercial aspects and the access by public authorities to data transferred under the Privacy Shield.” Continue reading