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

December 2014 Jobs Report Shows 252,000 Jobs Added

 Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 252,000 jobs in December 2014 while the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — DECEMBER 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The most recent jobs report from the BLS is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Background Checks Should Not Be One Size Fits All

News about Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Background checks of drivers using ride-sharing technology from Uber that came under scrutiny after the alleged rape of a woman in Boston by an Uber driver should not be “one size fits all,” according to a background check expert quoted in the article ‘Who’s really taking you for an Uber ride?’ by CNET at http://www.cnet.com/news/whos-really-taking-you-for-an-uber-ride/. Continue reading

December 2014 ADP National Employment Report: 241,000 Jobs Added

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 241,000 jobs from November to December with small businesses leading the growth with 106,000 jobs added, according to the December 2014 ADP National Employment Report®. The complete December 2014 ADP National Employment Report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/December/NER/NER-December-2014.aspx. Continue reading

FTC and CFPB Interpret FCRA Reporting for Non-Conviction Records

Blogs about FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have filed a joint amicus brief advocating for the seven-year reporting period for non-conviction records found in the federal Fair Credit reporting Act (FCRA) to begin on date of the charge or filing and not on the date of the last action in the case. To view the entire amicus brief jointly filed by the FTC and the CFPB, click here. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Present Webinar for Top Ten Background Check Trends in 2015

Background Check News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – will present a complimentary webinar hosted by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015 on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The webinar will take place from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time. To register for this webinar, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3656006267617568513. (View Recording of “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015″ webinar Hosted by ESR CEO Lester Rosen) Continue reading

USCIS Schedules Free E-Verify Webinars in January 2015

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has scheduled several free E-Verify Webinars for employers in January 2015. The view the full January 2015 E-Verify webinar schedule from USICS, please visit  http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/e-verify-webinars/take-free-webinar. Continue reading

New Employment Laws Take Effect New Year’s Day 2015

State Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several new employment laws taking effect on New Year’s Day 2015 across the United States will affect employers in the coming year. A quick listing and brief description of just some of these new employment laws and practices involving employers taking effect on January 1, 2015 are listed below. For a listing of recent updates in state employment laws, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/tag/state-laws/. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Reveals Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015

ESR Background Check Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has revealed the 8th Annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015 selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. As in 2014, the “Ban the Box” movement that eliminates criminal record questions on initial job applications to give ex-offenders a fair chance when looking for work has again topped the list. A complete list of all of the trends is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. (View recording of “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015″ webinar hosted by ESR CEO Lester Rosen.) Continue reading

Whole Foods Faces Background Check Class Action Lawsuit

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a Florida federal court alleges that grocery store chain Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. performed illegal background checks on prospective and existing employees in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to an article on TopClassActions.com. (UPDATE: A Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit was denied on March 30, 2015. Click here for ruling.) Continue reading

California Courts Closed December 25 for Christmas Day

Court Cases & Closures

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Courts and judicial branch offices will be closed Thursday, December 25, 2014 in observance of the Christmas Day holiday. For a schedule of court holidays on which the California courts will be closed, please visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm. Continue reading