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Presidential Candidates Asked to Make Re-Entry of People with Criminal Background into Workforce a Priority in America


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) held a press conference on Sunday, March 13, 2016, with people who have a criminal background in America to call on presidential candidates running in the upcoming Illinois primary on Tuesday to make workforce re-entry issues a priority for the United States, according to a press release from Ford’s office. Continue reading

NIGA Associate Member Employment Screening Resources Exhibiting at Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a global provider of background check services and an Associate Member of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), will be an exhibitor at the NIGA Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona from March 13-16, 2016. ESR will be located at Booth 415. Continue reading

Webinar Shows How To Legally Screen Job Applicants Using Social Networking Sites


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live 90 minute webinar with Compliance World titled “How To Legally Screen Applicants Using Search Engines and Social Networking Sites” on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. To register for this event, click here. Continue reading

Home Depot to Pay $19.5 Million for Massive Data Breach


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $19.5 million – $13 million to settle class action lawsuits and $6.5 million for identity protection services – to compensate approximately 40 to 50 million consumers affected by a massive data breach in 2014, according to a report from Reuters. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Reveals Strategies To Minimize Insider Threats


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers increasingly concerned about the risks associated with “insider threats” – where employees have the ability to wreak havoc on the organizations that hired them – need strategies to minimize those risks, according to an article written by Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual.” Continue reading

Updated Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect March 14


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An update to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ban the Box legislation signed into law by Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Bill No. 150815 – An Ordinance Amending Chapter 9-3500 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards” – will take effect on Monday, March 14, 2016, and help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the City, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor. Continue reading

USCIS Website and E-Verify Optimized for Mobile Devices


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has announced a series of enhancements to make both the USCIS website and the online E-Verify program easier to use on mobile devices. Continue reading

U.S. Economy Adds 242,000 Jobs in February 2016

BLS Jobs Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 242,000 jobs in February while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons both remained unchanged at 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively, according to the February 2016 Employment Situation Report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Co-Host Webinar with Paycor on Trends for Background Checks in 2016


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading global provider of on demand background check services, will co-host a third webinar in a three part series on recruiting and hiring with leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor. This webinar, entitled ‘Strategies and Trends for Background Checks in 2016 That Will Impact You,’ is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 2:15 PM ET/11:15 PT. Continue reading