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

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

Sony Pictures Faces Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. claims the company did not take adequate measures to prevent a “massive” data breach that compromised the data of 15,000 current and former Sony employees, according to a report available on the Top Class Actions website. Continue reading

Webinar Reviews Best Practices for EEOC Compliance

ESR News Blogs about EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers comply with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar for Avant Resources titled ‘Proper Use of Criminal Records When Hiring: Best Practices for Complying with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidelines.’ The webinar will take place Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PT. For more details, visit http://www.avantresources.com/store/proper-use-of-criminal-records-when-hiring2014-05-30-19-16-20-detail. Continue reading

Background Check Delays Common in Contra Costa County

Background Check News from ESR

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Contra Costa County Superior Court in California has experienced background check delays of “epic proportions” lasting up to a month and causing job seekers to be passed over for jobs by employers unable to verify records, according to a news report from the Contra Costa Times. Continue reading

November Jobs Report Shows 321,000 Jobs Added

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 321,000 jobs in November 2014 while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent and the number of unemployed persons rose slightly to  9.1 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — NOVEMBER 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The most recent jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Announce Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015

ESR News Blog

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – will announce the selection of the 8th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015’ by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen during the month of December 2014. After all of the trends are revealed, Rosen will host a complimentary webinar for the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015’ on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The registration link for this webinar presented by ESR is https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3656006267617568513. Continue reading

November ADP National Employment Report: 208,000 Jobs Added

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 208,000 jobs from October to November with small businesses leading the growth with 101,000 jobs added, according to the November 2014 ADP National Employment Report®. The ADP National Employment Report for November is at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/November/NER/NER-November-2014.aspx. Continue reading