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

Suspect in Shootings at Maryland Business had History of Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The man suspected of killing three of his co-workers and wounding two others at a business in Maryland on October 18, 2017, and then driving to Delaware to shoot a sixth person on the same day, had a history of workplace violence and a long criminal record, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. Continue reading

FCRA Consumer Litigation Filings Increased Nearly 60 Percent Over Previous Month in September 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Consumer litigation filings under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) increased by nearly 60 percent in in September 2017 over the previous month, an increase that “keeps it in line with the aggressive growth in recent years,” according to litigation statistics reported by WebRecon LLC. Continue reading

California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 11, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of criminal justice reform legislation that included Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) which is supposed to improve the state’s juvenile justice systems by authorizing courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses. Continue reading

California Governor Brown Signs AB 168 to Prohibit Employers from Seeking Salary History of Jobseekers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of legislation to improve services and support for women that included Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168) which prohibits employers in the state from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant upon reasonable request. Continue reading

California Passes Ban the Box Law to Prohibit Private Employers from Asking about Criminal History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law new “Ban the Box” legislation – Assembly  Bill 1008 (AB 1008) –  to prohibit private employers in the state with five or more employees from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s conviction history prior to a conditional offer of employment, and sets requirements for consideration of conviction histories in employment decisions. Continue reading

Sonoma County Courts Closed Due to Wildfires in California Wine County

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated October 19, 2017)

The Superior Court of Sonoma County located in Santa Rosa, California has been closed since Monday, October 9, 2017, due to massive wildfires devastating many parts of the Wine Country north of San Francisco Bay that have burned for over a week with the help of strong winds and dry conditions. The court is expected to be closed until Monday, October 23, 2017. Continue reading

BountyJobs and Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announce Strategic Partnership

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Leading Provider of Outsourced Talent Acquisition Solutions Partners with Global Leader in Background Screening

Posted By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

BountyJobs, Inc., provider of the leading recruiting technology platform for collaboration between employers and search firms with over $1.25 billion in placement fees to recruiters, today announced a strategic partnership with leading global background screening firm, Employment Screening Resources (ESR). Continue reading

Job Search Site Will Not Post Jobs from Employers that Discriminate against People with Criminal Backgrounds

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 4, 2017, job search website Glassdoor announced that it has “doubled down on its commitment to giving those with a criminal record a fair chance” by updating its Terms of Use to prevent employers from posting jobs that violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance on the use of criminal records of applicants by employers in employment decisions. Continue reading

CPUC Proposal Requires Ride-Sharing Companies in California to Use NAPBS Accredited Background Check Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 4, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposal to strengthen the criminal background checks for transportation network company (TNC) drivers that would require background check companies that ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft use to screen their drivers to be accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Continue reading

Webinar Examines Social Media and Background Screening on October 18

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), and Dawn Standerwick, ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth, will co-present a complimentary webinar entitled “Social Media and Background Screening: If It’s On the Internet, Isn’t it Fair Game?” as part of the Coffee Break Webinar Series from leading HR and payroll technology provider Paycor on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ET. To register for the event, click here. Continue reading