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Registration Opens for 2016 NAPBS Annual Conference

2016 NAPBS Annual Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – “The Voice of Screening Professionals” – has opened registration to NAPBS members for the 2016 NAPBS Annual Conference to be held in Palm Desert, California from September 18 to 20, 2016. To register for this event, NAPBS members can visit the NAPBS Annual Conference website at Continue reading

Use of Social Media Background Checks Increased 500 Percent in Past Decade


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The number of employers using “social media background checks” to screen job candidates increased 500 percent over the past decade, according to the annual CareerBuilder social media recruitment survey, with 60 percent of employers using social media to research job candidates in 2016, up significantly from 52 percent in 2015, 22 percent in 2008, and 11 percent in 2006, when the survey was first conducted. Continue reading

Judge Rules FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Against Restaurant Chain May Proceed


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge has ruled that a class action lawsuit against Waffle House that seeks damages due to the restaurant chain’s alleged “systematic and willful violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)” by obtaining background check reports without taking adequate steps to ensure that the information reported was accurate may proceed, according to a report from Courthouse News. Continue reading

Broward County FL Votes to Ban the Box on Government Employment Applications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Broward County (FL) Commission has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and remove the check box on initial government employment applications that asks about job applicants about their past criminal record, according to a news release on the Commission’s website. Continue reading

Uber to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Driver Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the online transportation network company terminated drivers after obtaining driver background checks about them without their authorization, according to a Reuters report from Reuters. Continue reading

Form I-9 Violations Lead to $209,600 Fine for Staffing Company


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In the Final Decision and Order in the case of U.S. v. Golden Employment Group, Inc., 12 OCAHO nos. 1274 and 1277 (2016), the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) found a staffing company liable for 465 Form I-9 violations resulting in civil penalties in the total amount of $209,600. Continue reading

Over Five Percent of Workers Turned Down for Jobs Due to Financial Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A survey of more than 1,100 workers conducted by the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) found 5.2 percent of respondents reported they were turned down for jobs due to their financial background while 26.3 percent reported employers ran financial background checks on them. Continue reading

Two Studies Claim Ban the Box Policies May Have Unintended Consequences


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two studies on “Ban the Box” policies that prevent employers from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record on initial applications – one by The Brookings Institution and the other by the University of Chicago – claim that these well intentioned laws meant to help ex-offenders re-enter the workforce may have the unintended consequence of causing more harm than good for minority job seekers. Continue reading

Orlando Nightclub Shooter was Employed by International Security Company


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

International security company G4S confirmed in a statement posted on the website that Omar Mateen – the shooter who killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016 in the deadliest mass shooting in American history – was an employee. The full statement from G4S about the Orlando nightclub shootings is below: Continue reading

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from access to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) sex offender background checks on employees and volunteers, according to a press release on Senator Schumer’s website. Continue reading