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

Michigan Law Protects Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders with Certificate of Employability

State Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective January 1, 2015, new Michigan laws – Public Acts 359, 360, and 361 – offer protection for employers in the state that hire ex-offenders by issuing a “certificate of employability” to certain prisoners before their release. Under the new Michigan law, these certificates may be used as evidence to show duty of care by employers when hiring or retaining ex-offenders. A summary of these Public Acts – Michigan House Bills 5216, 5217, and 5218 that have become law – is available here. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Background Checks

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against Michaels Stores Inc. alleges the craft supply retailer “neglected to properly inform job applicants that the company regularly performed background checks on potential employees during the application process” in violation of state and federal consumer protection laws, according to a report from TopClassActions.com. The full story is at http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/45583-michaels-hit-background-check-class-action-lawsuit/. Continue reading

Webinars on Top Background Check Trends for 2015

Background Check  Expert Attorney Lester Rosen

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present two webinars titled the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015’ on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 and Thursday, January 22, 2015. For information about the “ESR Speaks” schedule, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/ESR-Speaks/. Continue reading

Paramount Class Action Lawsuit Alleges FCRA Violations

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit claims Paramount Pictures Corporation improperly performed consumer reports for employment purposes in alleged violation of federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to TopClassActions.com. The FCRA regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information including credit reports. The full story is available at http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/47331-lawsuit-paramount-illegally-obtains-applicants-credit-reports/. Continue reading

Risky Business Not Using Background Checks when Hiring

News about Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Businesses that do not use background checks are putting themselves at risk for hiring strangers as new employees, according to a safe hiring expert interviewed in the Business News Daily article ‘Choosing a Background Check Service: A Buying Guide for Businesses.’ The article is at http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7636-choosing-a-background-check-service.html. Continue reading

USCIS Announces myE-Verify Expansion to 16 More States

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the expansion of myE-Verify – a free Web-based service that provides users with a secure account to use self-service features to participate in the E-Verify process – to sixteen more states. For more information about myE-Verify, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/mye-verify. Continue reading

Background Checks Examined in Webinar on January 20

 News about Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Bloomberg BNA titled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET. To learn more, visit http://www.bna.com/negligent-hiring-background-m17179921229/. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Named One of Top Dozen Background Check Firms by Business News Daily

 Background Check News from ESR

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – was named one of the top dozen background check firms in the January 2015 Business News Daily report ‘Best Background Check Services: Roundup.’ To read the report, visit http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7638-best-background-check-services.html. Continue reading

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