Uber to Pay $10 Million to Settle Lawsuits with SF and LA Over Driver Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Ride-sharing application provider Uber has agreed pay at least $10 million to settle lawsuits filed by district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles that claim the company misled passengers about the quality of driver background checks, a figure that could rise to $25 million if …

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Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Gets Final Approval

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge in Los Angeles has given final approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement that finally ends a class action lawsuit against Sony Pictures stemming from a massive data breach suffered by the studio in November 2014 that exposed the personal data of thousands of employees …

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Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Federal agents have arrested twenty-one recruiters and employers from across the United States for allegedly conspiring with more than 1,000 foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student visas and obtain foreign worker visas through a “pay to stay” scam uncovered by a fake diploma mill created by …

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Home Improvement Store May Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit with Gift Cards

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Lowe’s Companies, Inc. may offer more than 450,000 people a $50 gift card or a $35 check in a settlement agreement for a class action lawsuit that claims the home improvement store violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with background checks, reports Time Warner Cable …

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IRS Offers Taxpayers Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft so that taxpayers can take additional actions to combat tax-related identity theft that occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. For more …

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Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present at SHRM 2016 Talent Management Conference

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present two sessions at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) 2016 Talent Management Conference & Exposition held April 18-20, 2016, at the Walt …

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March Jobs Report Reveals U.S. Economy Added 215,000 Jobs in Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy increased by 215,000 jobs in March while the unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.0, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MARCH 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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USCIS Tells Employers to Continue to Use Current Form I-9 Until New Version Released

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a 30-day notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on proposed changes to the current Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The USCIS also told employers to continue to use the current Form I-9 until the new version …

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EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Text Now Available on Department of Commerce Website

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The full text of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework issued by the European Commission to govern data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) while providing a set of robust and enforceable protections for the personal data of EU individuals is now …

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Austin TX to Ban the Box for Most Private Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Austin City Council has passed Ban the Box legislation to give people with criminal records a fair chance to find work by prohibiting most private employers in the City from conducting a background check into the criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional …

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