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

Class Action Lawsuit Against Big Lots Claims FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania against Big Lots Stores Inc. claims the retail discount store chain allegedly conducted improper background checks on employees in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

Nashville TN Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Metro Civil Service Commission of Nashville, Tennessee has voted unanimously to join the Ban the Box movement and remove the check box on job applications for employment with the consolidated city and county that asks if applicants were ever convicted of a crime in the past, according to report on the WKRN-TV News 2 website. Continue reading

Employers Should Watch Out for Phony Job Seekers Looking for FCRA Lawsuits Not Work

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers conducting background checks on prospective employees have to worry about the sharp rise in the number of class action lawsuits filed by job applicants over alleged technical violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Employment Screening Resources (ESR) saw the potential for phony job seekers looking to file FCRA class action lawsuits over technical violations of the FCRA as far back as a March 25, 2009 blog “Cup of Coffee with that Criminal Conviction? Starbucks Case Underscores Importance of Well-Crafted Employment Application” written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. Continue reading

Military Veterans Face Unique Challenges in Civilian Workforce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nearly two-thirds – 64 percent – of U.S. military veterans employed in white collar jobs in the civilian workforce say they are not using skills that could be relevant in the corporate world while more than one-third – 38 percent – say corporate leaders are incapable of seeing their full potential, according to findings in the book Mission Critical: Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce from the Center for Talent Innovation that highlights the unique challenges military veterans face in civilian workplaces. Continue reading

European Commission Issues Guidance on Data Transfers to US after Safe Harbor Ruled Invalid

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Commission has issued guidance on transatlantic data transfers and is urging the establishment of a new data transfer agreement within three months after an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidated the Safe Harbor pact allowing data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), according to a European Commission press release. Continue reading

Banks Have Special Obligation to Perform Background Checks when Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Banks and financial entities have a special obligation to exercise care when hiring due to regulations and the need to maintain a workforce that clients will trust. To help with this task, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a Greg Souther Bank Webinar titled “Who is Your Bank Hiring: Trends, Legal Developments and Regulatory Obligations for Employment Background Checks” on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 2 PM to 4 PM Eastern Time (11AM to 1 PM Pacific Time). Continue reading

Using Social Networking Sites to Screen Job Applicants Can Be Risky Business for Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers navigate through legal pitfalls when using the Internet to screen job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Screening Applicants Using Social Networking Sites” with Clear Law Institute on November 12, 2015, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against GEO Group for Alleged FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in New York federal court claims The GEO Group, Inc. and their background screening provider violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) during criminal background checks of job applicants, the law firm Outten & Golden LLP announced. Continue reading

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Spokeo v. Robins

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins which could decide whether or not a plaintiff has the legal right, or “standing,” to bring a class action lawsuit for a technical violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) if that individual suffered no actual concrete harm from the violation. Continue reading