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

Hurricane Irma Closes Courts in Florida

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated September 18, 2017)

Federal courthouses in Southern Florida are reopening after closures caused by Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10, 2017, according to the United States Courthouse website. Federal courthouses in Key West, Florida, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands remain closed until further notice. Continue reading

Employers Need to Use Proper Drug Testing Panels to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Workplace

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Even with the dramatic rise in the use of opioids – which can include the illegal drug heroin and legally prescribed pain relievers such as OxyContin® and Vicodin® – some employers hoping to avoid hiring opioid-addicted workers through drug testing may not know the best type of drug test panel to use to uncover opioid abuse, according to an article from Talent Economy. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Marriott Resorts for Alleged FCRA and California Labor Code Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action complaint filed against Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. claims the vacation ownership company allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to adequately disclose and obtain authorization to conduct background checks on job applicants. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announces the Addition of Kirk Bogue as Vice President of Operations

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, announced today that Kirk Bogue has joined the company as Vice President of Operations with overall responsibility for ESR’s operations and client services. Continue reading

August Employment Situation Report Shows US Economy Added 156,000 Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 156,000 jobs in August 2017 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4 percent during the month, according to the Employment Situation for August 2017 report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

International Diploma Mill Operator Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit Over $5 Million

 

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Pakistani man who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through a Pakistani company and ordered to forfeit $5,303,020 in addition to the prison term, according to a press release from the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Continue reading

Home Depot Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Consent Forms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 4, 2017, a class action lawsuit filed in California federal court against Home Depot USA Inc. claimed the home improvement retailer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with allegedly improper disclosures and authorizations on background check consent forms. Continue reading

Hurricane Harvey Closes Courts in Texas and Louisiana

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated September 18, 2017)

Along with tragic deaths, catastrophic flooding, and widespread damage caused by Hurricane Harvey – a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on August 25, 2017 – courts affected by the tropical storm in Texas and Louisiana were closed for several days but all have now reopened, according to a notice from the USCourts.gov website. Continue reading

IRS Rehires More than 200 Former Employees with Past Conduct and Performance Issues

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 24, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a final audit report entitled “The Internal Revenue Service Continues to Rehire Former Employees with Conduct and Performance Issues” that found over 200 of more than 2,000 former employees rehired by the IRS from January 2015 to March 2016 were previously terminated or separated from the IRS while under investigation for substantiated conduct or performance issues. Continue reading

Hospital Faces Over $200,000 in OSHA Penalties for Workers Exposed to Workplace Violence

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A behavioral health facility in Massachusetts faces $207,690 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged violations found while conducting a follow-up inspection for workplace violence prevention, according to a news release from OSHA. Continue reading