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

Credit Reporting Agencies Announce Plan to Improve Credit Report Accuracy

Credit Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The three leading national Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs) – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – have announced a National Consumer Assistance Plan to improve the collection of complete and accurate consumer information while giving consumers more transparency and improved interaction with credit bureaus about credit reports, according to a joint press release from all three companies. Continue reading

Video Interviewing and Discrimination Webcast Scheduled for March 19

 

Video Interviewing & Discrimination - What Talent Acquisition Leaders Need to Know

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled ‘Video Interviewing and Discrimination: What Talent Acquisition Leaders Need to Know’ with video interviewing solution provider Montage through the Human Capital Institute (HCI) on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT/12:00 Noon PM PDT. To register, please visit http://www.hci.org/lib/video-interviewing-and-discrimination-what-talent-acquisition-leaders-need-know. Continue reading

February 2015 Jobs Report: 295,000 Jobs Added

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 295,000 jobs in February while the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — FEBRUARY 2015’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Tribal Gaming Conference to Include Session on Background Check Trends

Tribal Gaming Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

As part of the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGC/R) Spring 2015 Semi-Annual Conference, Hudson Tree, Director of Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the session “Hot Background Screening Topics in Indian Gaming” on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM. To learn more, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/NTGCR/. Continue reading

February ADP Employment Report: 212,000 Jobs Added

 Employment Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 212,000 jobs from January to February, according to the February 2015 ADP National Employment Report® (NER). The complete employment report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2015/February/NER/NER-February-2015.aspx. Continue reading

Free E-Verify Webinars Scheduled for March 2015

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the federal government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has scheduled free E-Verify and Form I-9 webinars for employers and employees in March 2015. The full webinar schedule from the USCIS for March 2015 is available at http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/e-verify-webinars/take-free-webinar. Continue reading

Medical Identity Theft Increased in 2014

Identity Theft & Fraud Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The 2014 Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) found that medical identity theft increased nearly 22 percent in the last year, with nearly half a million more victims in 2014 than in 2013. To obtain a copy of this study, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, please visit http://medidfraud.org/2014-fifth-annual-study-on-medical-identity-theft/. Continue reading

New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective March 1, 2015, Ban the Box legislation in New Jersey – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – will establish certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking about criminal records of job applicants early in the hiring process. The Ban the Box Act is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2124_I1.HTM. Continue reading

Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an Executive Order that will make Georgia the 14th state to Ban the Box. Job applicants will no longer be required to disclose their criminal histories on job applications for state jobs. A copy of the Executive Order is available at https://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/02.23.15.03.pdf. Continue reading

Court Affirms Judgment against EEOC in Freeman Case

ESR News Blogs about EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that corporate events service provider Freeman conducted criminal background checks that had an unlawful disparate impact on black and male job applicants in violation of Title VII. The appeal decision in EEOC vs. Freeman, No.13-2365 (February 20, 2015) – which unanimously affirms the rejection of “utterly unreliable analysis” from an EEOC expert – is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/EEOC-v-Freeman-Decision.pdf. Continue reading