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USCIS Launches New E-Verify Usage Statistics Webpage


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new E-Verify Usage Statistics webpage with easy-to-use interactive tools that allows the public to view the total number of E-Verify Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) by state and the top 20 industries in the U.S. that use the Internet-based E-Verify employment eligibility verification system. Continue reading

NAPBS Executive Director Melissa Sorenson Explains How Removing Birthdate from Court Records May Have Unintended Consequences


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With many courts considering the removal of identifiers such as date of birth (DOB) from public records to protect citizens from identity theft, Melissa Sorenson, Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has written a guest column for The Gazette entitled ‘Removing birthdate from Iowa court records could have unintended consequences’ that explains how doing this may negatively impact people seeking employment or housing. Continue reading

Uber to Pay $10 Million to Settle Lawsuits with SF and LA Over Driver Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride-sharing application provider Uber has agreed pay at least $10 million to settle lawsuits filed by district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles that claim the company misled passengers about the quality of driver background checks, a figure that could rise to $25 million if Uber does not fully comply with terms of the settlements, according to a report from KGO-TV ABC 7 News in San Francisco, CA. Continue reading

Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Gets Final Approval


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in Los Angeles has given final approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement that finally ends a class action lawsuit against Sony Pictures stemming from a massive data breach suffered by the studio in November 2014 that exposed the personal data of thousands of employees online, Deadline Hollywood reports. Continue reading

Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Federal agents have arrested twenty-one recruiters and employers from across the United States for allegedly conspiring with more than 1,000 foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student visas and obtain foreign worker visas through a “pay to stay” scam uncovered by a fake diploma mill created by the government called the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), according a press release from the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey. Continue reading

Home Improvement Store May Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit with Gift Cards


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. may offer more than 450,000 people a $50 gift card or a $35 check in a settlement agreement for a class action lawsuit that claims the home improvement store violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with background checks, reports Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte, North Carolina. Continue reading

IRS Offers Taxpayers Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft so that taxpayers can take additional actions to combat tax-related identity theft that occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. For more information about tax-related identity theft, please visit Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present at SHRM 2016 Talent Management Conference


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present two sessions at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) 2016 Talent Management Conference & Exposition held April 18-20, 2016, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida. For more information or to register for the SHRM conference, visit Continue reading

USCIS Tells Employers to Continue to Use Current Form I-9 Until New Version Released


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a 30-day notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on proposed changes to the current Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The USCIS also told employers to continue to use the current Form I-9 until the new version is released even though the current Form I-9 displays “Expires 03/31/2016” in the upper right hand corner. Continue reading