Appeals Court Rules Employer Willfully Violated FCRA with Liability Waiver on Background Check Disclosure Document

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers can “willfully” violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) if they provide job applicants with a disclosure that a background check may be obtained for employment purposes that also includes a liability waiver …

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Employers Must Use New Revised Form I-9 Starting January 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the publishing of a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification that employers must start using by January 22, 2017. The new Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016 N is available on the USCIS website …

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Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect January 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law a Ban the Box ordinance called the Fair Chance Initiative that requires employers to remove questions about criminal history from job applications and restricts them from asking job applicants about criminal convictions until after a …

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Sonoma County CA Court Workers Go on Strike

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Sonoma County (CA) Superior Court workers have gone on strike after claiming contract negotiations broke down over pay and working conditions, as approximately 100 members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local No. 1021 carried picket signs and chanted slogans in front of the Hall of Justice …

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Third Edition of Safe Hiring Manual by Attorney Lester Rosen to Be Published in January 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has updated and expanded a new Third Edition of his comprehensive book on background checks – “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers”  (Facts On Demand …

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Workplace Safety Index Finds One Billion Dollars Spent Each Week on Injuries in U.S. Workplaces

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index produced by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has found more than $1 billion is spent each week on serious but non-fatal injuries in workplaces in the United States. The Workplace Safety Index ranks the top ten causes …

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Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Allegedly Inaccurate Background Check

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starbucks Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who claims he was denied a job based on an allegedly inaccurate background check and is suing the coffeehouse chain for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a …

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United States and Switzerland Finalize Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Transfer

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The International Trade Administration (ITA) has announced the final approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Swiss Government to align with the European Union (EU)-U.S. Privacy Shield and replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework.

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District of Columbia Council Passes Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act to Ban Credit Checks by Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Council for the District of Columbia (D.C.) has passed the “Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act” (Bill 21-244) to amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 and prohibit employers from taking discriminatory action against job applicants and current employees based on their credit report information.

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Court Finds Complete and Up To Date Requirement of FCRA Does Not Include Accuracy Component

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the “complete and up to date” requirement of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) must follow when performing background checks does not include an “accuracy” component as well.

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