New Data Protection Regulations for European Union will Elevate Privacy Rules for International Screening in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect as the primary law regulating how companies protect the personal data of citizens in the European Union (EU). The need for U.S. companies to comply with GDPR privacy rules when performing international background screening in the …

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Background Checks of Growing Extended Workforce Will Be More in Demand by Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2015 Contingent Work Supplement (CWS) survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated the “extended workforce” – workers with non-traditional employer-employee relationships – could be “more than a third of the total employed labor force.” The need for employers to properly screen the expanding extended workforce …

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Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017, nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a massive data breach incident had impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  a number that grew to include 145.5 million people in the U.S. The need for background screening firms to ensure …

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Opioid Crisis in America Will Lead to More Advanced Drug Testing for Opiates by Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 26, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump officially declared “the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law” and directed executive agencies “to fight the opioid crisis” during a speech at the White House. The growing awareness of an opioid crisis in America by employers …

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Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft Will Face More Scrutiny Over Background Checks in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states in the U.S. have passed laws that seek to strengthen the background checks of drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to ensure the safety and security of passengers who use these popular ride-hailing applications. The growing scrutiny over the strength of …

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Salary History Questions by Employers Will Be Restricted as Pay Equity Movement Spreads in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states and cities in the U.S. have passed legislation prohibiting employers from seeking salary history information about job applicants as part of a “pay equity” movement to narrow the gender wage gap between women and men. This growing restriction on questions about the salary history of applicants by …

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E-Verify System Will Move Closer to Becoming Mandatory Requirement for All U.S. Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation introduced in Congress in 2017 – “Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 3711) – hopes to make the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system a “mandatory and permanent” requirement for U.S. employers to ensure the workers they hire are legally eligible to work in the United States. This move toward the …

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ICE Administrative Arrests and Interior Removals Increased During Trump Administration

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released immigration enforcement statistics for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 that are available at “ICE Impact in FY 2017” and reveal that  ICE totaled 143,473 administrative arrests in FY 2017, with 110,568 of those arrests occurring after start of the Administration of …

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U.S. Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs in November 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs while the unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons remained largely unchanged at 4.1 percent and 6.6 million in November 2017, according to the Employment Situation released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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North Carolina Law Reducing Wait Time for Criminal Record Expungement Took Effect December 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 1, 2017, North Carolina Senate Bill 445 (SB 445) took effect to reduce the wait time for criminal record expungement for first-time non-violent offenders where the legal record of an individual’s arrest or criminal conviction is sealed and essentially erased in the eyes of the law.

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