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

University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging qualified ex-offenders from applying to work at the universities, according to a news report on the UC website. Continue reading

Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Statistics released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout reveal the number of data breaches in the U.S. tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to an ITRC press release. At this pace, ITRC anticipates the number of data breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017, a 37 percent increase over 2016, when data breaches reached an all-time record high of 1,093. Continue reading

Massachusetts Court Rules Employers Cannot Fire Employees Using Medical Marijuana for Positive Drug Tests

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that employers cannot fire employees with prescriptions for medical marijuana – the use of which voters in the state approved in 2012 – simply for flunking drug tests and even though marijuana is still illegal to use under federal law. Continue reading

San Francisco Passes Parity in Pay Ordinance to Prohibit Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 19, 2017, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed into law legislation that was passed the city’s Board of Supervisors called the “Parity in Pay Ordinance” to prohibit employers in the City by the Bay from asking job applicants about their salary history or from considering earnings information in determining whether to hire an applicant and what salary to offer them. The ordinance takes effect July 1, 2018. Continue reading

Judge Grants Class Certification in FCRA Lawsuit against Disneyland

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A California Superior Court Judge has granted a motion for class certification for two certified Classes of job applicants in a lawsuit that claims Disneyland background checks for employment did not comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from Top Class Actions. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Shows Employers How to Deal with Employees Charged with a Crime

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar for Clear Law Institute – “Dealing with Employees Charged with a Crime” – on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To register for this event, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars/dealing-with-employees-charged-with-a-crime/. Continue reading

Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Over Background Check Disclosure for Lack of Standing Under Article III

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 15, 2017, a Judge in the Northern District of Texas issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting a dismissal for the defendants in a class action lawsuit, Dyson v. Sky Chefs, Inc., holding that the plaintiff who alleged the improper inclusion of “extraneous” information in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure for a background check lacked standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Ban the Box and Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a webinar for Business & Legal Resources (BLR) entitled “Ban the Box and Background Checks Update: How to Effectively Pre-Screen Prospective Job Candidates and Stay Within the Law” on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific. To register for this event, click here. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-9 on July 17

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on July 17, 2017. Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using the Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017. On September 18, 2017, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers should also continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9s. Continue reading

Background Screening Expert Brad Landin to Speak at Marin County Employer Advisory Council Event

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Brad Landin, president and chief compliance officer (CCO) at Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background check firm headquartered in Novato, California, will speak at a Marin County Employer Advisory Council (EAC) event entitled “Documenting the Employer Employee Relationship and Pre-employment Inquiries” on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. To register for this event, please click here. Continue reading