Compliance Remains Top Priority when Choosing Background Screening Providers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the laws governing background checks constantly shifting and regulatory oversight ever expanding, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) interviewed background screening industry experts for the article ‘How to Choose the Best Background Screening Provider’ and found that compliance with background check laws is the top …

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Three Major Credit Reporting Agencies to Implement Enhanced Public Record Data Standards on July 1

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Three major national credit reporting agencies in the United States – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – will implement enhanced public record data standards for consumer credit reports beginning on July 1, 2017, according to a statement from the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA).

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Wells Fargo Sued by Former Employees Fired Over Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In February of 2017, nearly a dozen former employees of Wells Fargo bank filed a lawsuit in a South Dakota District federal court that claimed they were fired from their jobs for minor criminal charges already disclosed when they were originally hired after Wells Fargo conducted background …

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Background Check Expert and Author Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at SHRM 2017 Talent Management Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ will make three presentations at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition taking place in Chicago, Illinois, from April …

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CFPB Fines Credit Reporting Agency $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers about Credit Scores

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered one of the nation’s three largest credit reporting agencies, Experian, to pay a civil penalty of $3 million for deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores it sold to them, according to a report on the CFPB …

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IRS Offers Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft for 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the deadline for filing taxes nearing – Tuesday, April 18, 2017, because the usual Tax Day of April 15 falls on a weekend – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to help taxpayers combat “tax-related identity theft” that occurs …

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White House FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Invests $15 Million for Mandatory Nationwide Use of E-Verify

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has introduced the first budget submitted by President Donald Trump’s Administration – ‘America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again’ – that invests $15 million to begin implementation of mandatory nationwide use of the E-Verify Program as …

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NAPBS Survey Reveals Views of HR Professionals on Background Screening

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has commissioned HR.com to conduct an unprecedented national survey of 1,528 human resources (HR) professionals to gauge their views on background screening and found that public safety was cited as the number one reason for employers to conduct …

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Court Finds Sending Copy of Background Check and Summary of Rights Satisfies FCRA Pre-Adverse Action Requirements

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Pennsylvania Court has found in the case of Wright v. Lincoln Property Company that an employer who considered rejecting an applicant based on a background check and followed “pre-adverse” action rules under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that requires employers to send applicants …

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CFPB Releases Report Detailing Problems in Credit Reporting Industry

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a special report that details the problems in the credit reporting industry that the CFPB has uncovered and corrected through oversight work and outlines actions the CFPB has taken to address these problems such as fixing data accuracy …

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