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

NELP Argues Studies Critical of Ban the Box Reach Wrong Conclusion

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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

Santa Clara County Court Strike Ends after Clerks Approve New Contract

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Operations at Santa Clara County Courts in California have returned to normal after striking employees voted “overwhelmingly” to approve a new contract and return to work, ending a walkout by over 300 court workers that began August 3, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Receives EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification from Department of Commerce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global provider of background checks and a strategic choice for businesses needing accurate and actionable information when hiring – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s self-certification of adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is approved and effective as of August 12, 2016. Continue reading

Denver Post Editorial Calls on Colorado to Close Background Check Loophole for Doctors and Nurses

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Colorado – one of only five states without a criminal background check requirement to license doctors and one of only six to not require the same procedure to license nurses – should close this loophole and require criminal background checks for doctors and nurses in the Centennial State, according to an Editorial by The Denver Post. Continue reading

Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Time Warner Citing Supreme Court Spokeo Ruling

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Wisconsin federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Time Warner Cable, Inc. over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by finding the plaintiff could not show he suffered “concrete harm” from the background check process in a decision that cited a ruling in the case of Spokeo v. Robins by the Supreme Court of the United States. Continue reading

Research Suggests Ban the Box Policies May Unintentionally Harm Minority Job Seekers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Research on Ban the Box (BTB) policies issued in July 2016 suggests that jurisdictions in the United States that adopted Ban the Box policies preventing employers from conducting criminal background checks until late in the hiring process to improve employment opportunities for job seekers with criminal records and reduce racial disparities in the workforce may unintentionally harm minority applicants. Continue reading

Massachusetts Passes Law with Strongest Background Check Requirements in Nation for Transportation Network Companies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation – Bill H. 4570 – an Act for regulating drivers of  “transportation network companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft that includes “the strongest state background check requirements in the nation,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Continue reading

Report Finds Two Out of Three Companies Experienced Insider Theft or Corruption of Data in Prior Year

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report entitled “The State of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust 2016” has revealed that more than two out of three companies surveyed – 69 percent – experienced an attempted or successful insider theft or corruption of data during the prior 12 months, and that concerns from security professionals over insider theft of corporate information over the coming 12 to 18 months rose by nearly two-thirds. Continue reading

July 2016 Employment Situation Report Shows 255,000 Jobs Added in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July 2016 while both the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons remained essentially unchanged at 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants about Salary History before Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan pay equity bill – S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity – to prevent wage discrimination on the basis of gender.  The new law also prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer. S.2119 will take effect on July 1, 2018 for employers and employees in Massachusetts. Continue reading