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Report Finds Exonerations in US Reached Record High in 2015


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report released by the National Registry of Exonerations revealed that 2015 was record year for exonerations in the United States with 149 in 29 states, the District of Columbia, federal courts, and Guam. The 149 exonerations broke the previous record of 139 set in 2014. The 149 defendants who were exonerated in 2015 served on average approximately 14-and-a-half years in prison. Continue reading

International Background Checks and Global Compliance Examined in Webinar


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help Human Resources professionals maintain global compliance, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with TrainHR entitled ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST (NOTE: This webinar is being re-scheduled for a later date). Continue reading

EU and US Agree to Replace Safe Harbor Data Transfer Agreement with EU-US Privacy Shield


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Union (EU) Commission and the United States (US) have agreed on a new framework for data transfers called the EU-US Privacy Shield to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor pact, according to a European Commission press release (PDF). The deal creating a replacement for the 16-year-old Safe Harbor agreement comes two days after the original January 31, 2016 deadline for such an agreement had passed. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Co-Sponsor E-Verify Webinar on Making HR Compliance Easy


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check provider that enables employers to make informed hiring decisions quickly and easily, will co-sponsor a complimentary webinar entitled “E-Verify with the DHS: Making HR Compliance Easy” with EMP Trust HR, Berkshire Associates Inc., and PDS on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST. To learn more, click here. Continue reading

Judge Approves $4.75 Million Settlement against Background Check Firm in FCRA Lawsuit


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A New York federal judge has granted final approval to a $4.75 million settlement in class action lawsuit against a background check company for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report on the website. Continue reading

Employers Need to Know Background Check Trends to Remain in Compliance in 2016


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers who regularly conduct background checks on job applicants should be aware of several background check trends to remain in compliance in 2016, as government oversight, a sharp rise in class action lawsuits, and the threat of data breaches impact background check practices, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

Global Immersion Press Publishes Third Volume of Global HR Practitioner Handbook

 Global HR Practitioner Handbook Volume 3

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Global Immersion Press, a network of leading global HR practitioners from around the world, has published Volume 3 of the Global HR Practitioner Handbook that focuses on ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ topics that global HR professionals must understand to add value to their organizations. The handbook is available as an e-book ($24.95) or as separate modules ($4.99 each) at Continue reading

U.S. Government Establishes National Background Investigations Bureau to Modernize and Strengthen Federal Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Federal Government has announced a series of changes including the establishment of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to modernize and strengthen the way Federal background checks are conducted and sensitive data protected for Federal employees and contractors. Continue reading

Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on initial employment applications at their Buffalo stores, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading