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Massive Yahoo Data Breach Could Affect 500 Million Users


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Technology company Yahoo has confirmed user account information that may have included names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, passwords, and security questions was stolen from 500 million Yahoo user accounts by “a state-sponsored actor” in a massive data breach in late 2014. (UPDATE: Important Security Information for Yahoo UsersYahoo believes an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts. Yahoo believes this incident is likely distinct from the incident the company disclosed on September 22, 2016.) Continue reading

USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-9 by November 22


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification will be published by November 22, 2016. Employers may use the current version of the Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until January 21, 2017. After January 21, 2017, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen Reviews Best Practices for Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a 90 minute audio conference for entitled “Background Checks and Safe Hiring: Trends, Legal Developments, and Best Practices” on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Noon Pacific Time. Continue reading

NAPBS Submits Comments to California Public Utilities Commission Concerning Transportation Network Companies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has submitted comments requested by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the background checks of prospective Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers under the ‘California Public Service Commission Rulemaking 12-12-011’ (Order Instituting Rulemaking on Regulations Relating to Passenger Carriers, Ridesharing, and New Online-Enabled Transportation Services).’ To view the complete comments from the NAPBS, click here. Continue reading

Positive Drug Tests in U.S. Workforce Rise to Highest Level in a Decade


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The percentage of employees in the U.S. workforce receiving positive results in workplace drug tests has steadily increased over the last three years to reach the highest level in 10 years, according to an analysis of nearly 11 million workforce drug tests released by Quest Diagnostics. Continue reading

SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students wishing to attend any of the SUNY schools in New York, according to a memorandum to Members of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The effective date of the SUNY Ban the Box policy will be July 1, 2017. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Director of Gaming Solutions Marcy Montellano to Speak at National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Marcy Montellano, Director of Gaming Solutions for global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a workshop entitled “Social Media and Background Screening: Is it Right for Your Commission?” at the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGCR) Fall 2016 Conference taking place at the Seneca Niagara Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, New York, from Tuesday, September 20, 2016, to Thursday, September 22, 2016. A brochure for the NTGCR Fall 2016 Conference describes Montellano’s presentation in the following way: Continue reading

Dish Network to Pay $1.75 Million to Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Satellite television company Dish Network has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for not providing proper consent and disclosure forms needed to conduct background checks for employment purposes, according to a report on the website. Continue reading

FTC Requests Public Comment on Disposal Rule for Consumer Report Information and Records


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on the Disposal Rule formally known as the ‘Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records Rule’ which implements part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) by requiring consumer report information for business purposes to be properly disposed of through reasonable measures to protect that data from unauthorized access, according to an FTC press release. Continue reading

Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million for Secretly Opening Unauthorized Accounts


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. $100 million – the largest penalty the CFPB ever imposed – as part of a total fine of $185 million “for the widespread illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts,” according to a CFPB press release. Continue reading