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Sacramento CA May Ban the Box on Job Applications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Sacramento, California is considering a law that may “Ban the Box” and prohibit private companies from receiving city contracts if they ask their workers whether or not they have a criminal conviction on job applications, according to a report from KCRA 3 News in Sacramento. Continue reading

Senators Send Second Letter to OPM about Progress of the National Background Investigations Bureau


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In a follow up to a letter sent in May 2016, Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) have sent a second letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) expressing concern about the transition of the government background check process from the Federal Investigative Services (FIS) to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). Continue reading

BBB Offers Tips for College Students to Prevent Identity Theft


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With millions of college students soon heading to campuses across the United States to attend school, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering seven tips that these young adults can use to help protect themselves from identity theft and other types of fraud while away on campus. Continue reading

Judge Finds FCRA Lawsuit against Background Check Firm May Proceed Under Supreme Court Spokeo Ruling


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In July of 2016, a federal judge in the Northern District of California certified a class of job applicants in a lawsuit claiming a background check firm violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that may proceed under the “concreteness” test established by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Spokeo case. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Explains Steps Employers Should Take When Employees are Charged with a Crime


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Since numerous concerns are raised when employers learn an employee has been arrested, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for Aurora Training Advantage entitled ‘Employees That Have Been Charged with a Crime’ on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.  To register for the webinar, which is worth 1.5 HR Certification Institute (HRCI) credits, visit Continue reading

White House Announces New Round of Employers Taking Ban the Box Pledge


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 16, 2016, the White House announced a new round of signers of the Obama administration’s Fair Chance Business Pledge that includes Walmart – the largest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees – to bring the total number of companies and organizations pledging to “Ban the Box” and help job candidates with criminal histories to return to the workforce to 185 employers. Continue reading

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield May Face Challenges from Data Protection Authorities


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework launched on August 1, 2016, to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor agreement for data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) may face challenges from Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) in 2017, according to an article on the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) website. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims LA Unified School District Rejected Job Seekers with Expunged Criminal Records


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) by members of a civil rights group claims job seekers with expunged misdemeanor records were illegally rejected for positions within the LAUSD, according to a story on the Courthouse News Service (CNS) website. Continue reading

NELP Argues Studies Critical of Ban the Box Reach Wrong Conclusion


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has released a policy brief – Racial Profiling in Hiring: A Critique of New “Ban the Box” Studies – critical of two studies that claim Ban the Box policies meant to help applicants with criminal records find work could do “more harm than good” by unintentionally harming minority job seekers. NELP believes these Ban the Box studies reach “the wrong conclusion.” Continue reading