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Ban the Box Toolkit from NELP Helps Advocates Start a Fair Chance Campaign


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) – a national advocacy organization for employment rights of lower-wage workers – is offering a Ban the Box Toolkit to provide advocates with a step-by-step guide on how to launch a Fair Chance campaign in their city or state to ban the box that job applicants are asked to check on employment applications to indicate that they have a past criminal record. Continue reading

New California Law Limits Misuse of E-Verify by Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill (AB) 622 which takes effect on January 1, 2016 and will limit the misuse of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system by prohibiting employers from using E-Verify in a manner not prescribed by federal law. Continue reading

Judge Rules Healthcare Provider Complied With FCRA in Background Check Lawsuit


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled in a class action lawsuit over background checks that Genesis Healthcare LLC complied with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when obtaining the criminal history of a job applicant from a third party background check provider. Continue reading

New NLRB Joint Employer Standard Could Increase Liability for Acts of Staffing Vendors


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The dangers of lawsuits against employers for the actions of their staffing vendors may have increased with the August 27, 2015 decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a case where the definition of a “joint” employer was expanded by holding that the ability of an employer to exercise control over a worker can create joint employment, according to one safe hiring expert. Continue reading

Amazon Faces Second FCRA Class Action Lawsuit


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against Amazon claims the online retailer violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for not warning an applicant about a negative background check report neglecting to give him a chance to fix errors on the report, according to Continue reading

Lawsuit Against Kohl’s Over Background Checks Dismissed


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A California federal judge has granted a Motion to Dismiss in a class action lawsuit against Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. that claimed the company conducted improper background checks on job applicants in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Announces Completion of 2015 SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit


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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading nationwide accredited background screening firm, has announced that independent auditors conducted a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2® examination of its operations for the six month testing period of January 2015 through June 2015 and issued a SOC 2® Type 2 report stating that ESR management maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of its employee screening system and related data. Continue reading

US EU Safe Harbor Data Transfer Pact Ruled Invalid



Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a 15-year-old international agreement called Safe Harbor that allowed companies to transfer the digital data of individuals between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) is immediately invalid, according to a press release from the ECJ. Continue reading

September Jobs Report Shows Gain in Health Care and Business Services

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs in September 2015 led by gains in the health care and professional and business services industries, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2015’ released by the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Whole Foods Settles FCRA Lawsuit for $803,000


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Natural grocery store chain Whole Foods Market Group Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $803,000 to settle a class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for improperly disclosing to job applicants that they would undergo background checks, according to a report from Top Class Actions. Continue reading