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Judge Approves $4.75 Million Settlement against Background Check Firm in FCRA Lawsuit


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A New York federal judge has granted final approval to a $4.75 million settlement in class action lawsuit against a background check company for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report on the website. Continue reading

Employers Need to Know Background Check Trends to Remain in Compliance in 2016


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers who regularly conduct background checks on job applicants should be aware of several background check trends to remain in compliance in 2016, as government oversight, a sharp rise in class action lawsuits, and the threat of data breaches impact background check practices, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

Global Immersion Press Publishes Third Volume of Global HR Practitioner Handbook

 Global HR Practitioner Handbook Volume 3

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Global Immersion Press, a network of leading global HR practitioners from around the world, has published Volume 3 of the Global HR Practitioner Handbook that focuses on ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ topics that global HR professionals must understand to add value to their organizations. The handbook is available as an e-book ($24.95) or as separate modules ($4.99 each) at Continue reading

U.S. Government Establishes National Background Investigations Bureau to Modernize and Strengthen Federal Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Federal Government has announced a series of changes including the establishment of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to modernize and strengthen the way Federal background checks are conducted and sensitive data protected for Federal employees and contractors. Continue reading

Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on initial employment applications at their Buffalo stores, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading

SHRM Survey Finds Employers Use Social Media to Both Hire and Disqualify Job Candidates


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Job seekers who believe the information they post on public social media websites like Facebook and Twitter does not affect their search for employment – for better or worse – should think again. A new survey shows employers are using the Internet and social media more than ever to recruit and screen potential employees, and some are even disqualifying applicants based on their social media content. Continue reading

Wells Fargo Settles Background Check Lawsuit for $12 Million


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to a settlement of $12 million to resolve a class action lawsuit that claimed the financial institution allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) after denying employment to a job applicant based on the results of a background check report. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Co-Host Webinar Series with Paycor on Recruiting and Hiring

Recruiting and Hiring 

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading global provider of on demand background check services, will co-host a three part webinar series on recruiting and hiring with leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor. The first webinar in the series – “Recruiting and Hiring Series Part 1: The Background Screening Landscape has Changed! Is your Company Compliant?” – is scheduled for Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT. To register for the webinar, click here. Continue reading

ESR CEO Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on Negligent Hiring and Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Since negligent hiring is one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for entitled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST (10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST). Continue reading