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Background Check Expert Reveals Strategies To Minimize Insider Threats


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers increasingly concerned about the risks associated with “insider threats” – where employees have the ability to wreak havoc on the organizations that hired them – need strategies to minimize those risks, according to an article written by Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual.” Continue reading

Updated Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect March 14


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An update to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ban the Box legislation signed into law by Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Bill No. 150815 – An Ordinance Amending Chapter 9-3500 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards” – will take effect on Monday, March 14, 2016, and help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the City, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor. Continue reading

USCIS Website and E-Verify Optimized for Mobile Devices


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 announced a series of enhancements to make both the USCIS website and the online E-Verify program easier to use on mobile devices. Continue reading

U.S. Economy Adds 242,000 Jobs in February 2016

BLS Jobs Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 242,000 jobs in February while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons both remained unchanged at 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively, according to the February 2016 Employment Situation Report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Co-Host Webinar with Paycor on Trends for Background Checks in 2016


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading global provider of on demand background check services, will co-host a third webinar in a three part series on recruiting and hiring with leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor. This webinar, entitled ‘Strategies and Trends for Background Checks in 2016 That Will Impact You,’ is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 2:15 PM ET/11:15 PT. Continue reading

Need for Speed in Hiring Process May Compromise Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A safe hiring expert believes that the “need for speed” in the hiring process “unfortunately can often run contrary to the need for accuracy and due diligence” in the background checks of job applicants, according to the article ‘Push to Reduce Time-to-Hire May Impede Background Check Process’ on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

HR West 2016 to Feature Session on California Background Checks by Attorney Lester Rosen


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The HR West 2016 Conference presented by the Northern California HR Association (NCHRA) will feature a session entitled ‘Legally Using Criminal Background Checks for California Employers’ by Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), on Monday, March 7, 2016, from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM PT. Continue reading

CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on FCRA Requirements for Data Furnishers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued Compliance Bulletin 2016-01 regarding compliance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that emphasizes the obligation of data furnishers under Regulation V to establish and implement written policies and procedures regarding the accuracy and integrity of information being furnished to Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs). Continue reading

Complaint Claims Violations of California ICRAA by Consumer Reporting Agency


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A complaint filed in Superior Court of California County of San Francisco claims a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) has violated the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), California Civil Code § 1786 ET SEQ. The ICRAA “regulates the procurement, content, and use of criminal, credit, medical, and other background checks by investigative credit reporting agencies and employers.” Continue reading