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California Court of Appeal Holds that ICRAA is Not Unconstitutionally Vague


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A California Court of Appeal has held that the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA) governing “investigative consumer reports” containing information on a consumer’s character is “not unconstitutionally vague.” Continue reading

CALI Webinar Reveals Dangers Private Investigators Face with Background Checks in California


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) will sponsor a webinar hosted by Attorney and licensed Private Investigator Lester Rosen titled “Pre-Employment Background Checks in California: Dangers and Landmines Facing Private Investigators” on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for the webinar, please visit Continue reading

Fort Myers FL to Ban the Box on City Job Applications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Fort Myers, Florida plans to “Ban the Box” and remove a question on the city’s employment application that asks job seekers applying for city government jobs if they have ever been convicted of a crime, according to a report from NBC 2 in Fort Myers, FL and Cape Coral, FL. Continue reading

Maine Enacts New Social Media Privacy Law


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A newly enacted law in Maine – LD 686, HP 467, An Act To Promote Privacy in Social Media – will protect the social media privacy of employees and job applicants law by prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose passwords or any other means for accessing their personal social media accounts. The new law takes effect October 15, 2015. Continue reading

Judge Refuses to Dismiss EEOC Background Check Lawsuit against BMW


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against BMW Manufacturing Co. claiming the criminal background check policy used by BMW to screen workers is unfair to African-Americans, according to a report from Continue reading

Are Your Background Check Forms Up To Date?


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In spring of 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made some minor but nevertheless important modifications to a form critical to the employment screening background check process titled “A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.” Continue reading

EEOC Criminal Records Guidance Examined in Webinar August 13


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers understand U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records when hiring, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled “EEOC Criminal Records Update” on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT. To learn more, visit: Continue reading

July Jobs Report Shows 215,000 Jobs Gained


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Total nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 215,000 jobs in July while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons both remained unchanged at 5.3 percent and 8.3 percent respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2015’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest jobs report is available at Continue reading

Bill Would Prohibit Employers from Using Credit Reports in Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate – the “Equal Employment for All Act of 2015” – would amend the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit employers from using the credit reports of job applicants and current employees during background checks for employment. The text of the legislation is at Continue reading