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

Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Underscores Why Businesses Must Ensure Information Security

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Information security is a critical concern for businesses to prevent embarrassing and costly data breaches that harm a company’s reputation and bottom line. The case of Corona, et al. vs. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. is just one example among many of why businesses need to protect data. Continue reading

BMW to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle EEOC Criminal Background Check Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMW) will pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to the alleged victims of race discrimination to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed BMW’s criminal record background check policy disproportionately affected African-American workers, according to a press release from the EEOC. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Theme Park for Alleged FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against Universal Studios Orlando alleges that the Universal Inc. theme park violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by not properly disclosing to job applicants and current employees that the company used credit reports for employment decisions, according to a story on the TopClassActions.com website. Continue reading

August Jobs Report Shows 173,000 Added in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 173,000 jobs in August while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons decreased to 5.1 percent and 8.0 million percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2015’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest jobs report is at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

ESR Director of Gaming Solutions Marcy Montellano to Speak at National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGCR) Fall 2015 Conference will include a session on “Background Screening Trends and Technology” presented by Marcy Montellano, Director of Gaming Solutions for Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm located in the San Francisco, California-area. The NTGCR Fall 2015 Conference will take place September 8-10, 2015, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources CEO Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webcast with Video Interviewing Leader Montage

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webcast with video interviewing leader Montage titled “Video Interviewing & Compliance – Getting Up, Over & Beyond the Hesitation” on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time. To register, visit http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5307339697510808321. Continue reading

USCIS Launches Spanish-Language myE-Verify

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a Spanish-language myE-Verify to give Spanish speaking employees and job seekers access to identity theft protection features for the E-Verify process. A Spanish-language version of this announcement is at http://www.uscis.gov/es/noticias/uscis-lanza-mye-verify-en-espanol-y-amplia-servicios. Continue reading

USCIS Offers Free E-Verify Webinars in September

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – is offering employers free Form I-9 and E-Verify Webinars in September 2015. To view the full webinar schedule, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/e-verify-webinars/take-free-webinar. Continue reading

On-Air Shooting of Journalists a Tragic Case of Workplace Violence

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The tragic shooting deaths of two journalists during a live on-air broadcast who worked for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia by a former colleague who was fired from his job is an example of “the widespread prevalence of workplace violence,” according to a CNN Political Commentary posted on the WDBJ7.com website. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Bank Violated FCRA with Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal court in Virginia has denied a motion for summary judgment in a class action complaint that claims Wells Fargo Bank violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing background checks on job applicants by coding some as “ineligible” prompting adverse action and including a release of liability in authorization forms. Continue reading