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

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

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper with Montage on Video Interviewing and Discrimination

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

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – has released a new whitepaper sponsored by leading video interviewing solution provider Montage titled ‘Video Interviewing & Discrimination – What Talent Acquisition Leaders Need to Know.’ The complimentary whitepaper is available for download at http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/Download/. Continue reading

NFL Combine Involves Social Media Background Checks

Social Media Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The “tweets, posts, and snapchats” of National Football League (NFL) prospects are just as important as their physical ability on the field at the NFL Scouting Combine taking place this weekend due to the rise of social media background checks performed by NFL teams, according to a story from SportTechie.com. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance at HR West

ESR News Blogs about EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a session titled ‘The New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance: Taking Practical Steps to Comply’ at HR West 2015 on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 10:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. To register for the event, visit http://hrwest.org/. Continue reading

Macon-Bibb County GA Votes to Ban the Box

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Macon-Bibb County (Georgia) Commission has voted 6-3 to Ban the Box and remove any questions that ask about criminal records of applicants from county job applications, according to a report from 13WMAZ in Central Georgia. Continue reading

EEOC Guidance Webinar Scheduled for February 25

ESR News Blogs about EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) better understand the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance for the use criminal records in employment background checks, ClearStar Technology is sponsoring a webinar titled ‘Best Practices Standards: A Powerful Tool for CRAs’ that will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. To register, visit https://clearstar.webex.com/clearstar/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec428b48f1c324813d7477fb21a67fed5. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Valentine’s Day Study Looks at Office Romance

ESR News Blog

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, leading human capital solutions provider CareerBuilder has released a survey of workers that takes a closer look at office romance. According to CareerBuilder’s annual Valentine’s Day study, 37 percent of workers have dated a co-worker and 30 percent of those office romances have led to marriage. Continue reading

FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Best Practices

Internet & Privacy Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a detailed report – ‘Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World’ – that recommends best practices that businesses can follow to enhance and protect the privacy and security of American consumers in a world of Internet-connected devices. Continue reading

Court Rules in Favor of Employer Withdrawing Job Offer after Applicant Lied

Court Cases

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled in favor of an employer who withdrew a job offer after finding discrepancies between the criminal history found on a background check of a job applicant and criminal history information reported to the employer by that applicant. The summary judgment is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/McCorkle-v-Scheinker.pdf. Continue reading

Tallahassee FL Votes to Ban the Box

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City Commission of Tallahassee, Florida has voted 3-2 to support a “Ban the Box” measure that will remove the question asking people who apply for jobs with the city if they have had a criminal conviction from applications, according to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat. Continue reading