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

USCIS Publishes Updated Handbook for Employers for Completing Form I-9

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published the updated M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 to provide employers with detailed guidance for completing the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The M-274 Handbook is at www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/m-274.pdf. Continue reading

ESR VP of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick to Speak on Panel at HR Open Standards 2017 Annual Meeting

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Dawn Standerwick, Vice President of Strategic Growth for Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), will speak on a panel at the HR Open Standards 2017 Annual Meeting taking place March 9-10, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.  To learn more, visit www.hropenstandards.org/page/2017AnnualMe. Continue reading

PASCO Sponsors Webinar on Negligent Hiring and Background Checks in California

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Professional Association of Sonoma County (PASCO) is sponsoring a live webinar entitled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks in California – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ presented by noted background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). To register for this webinar, which is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, March 17, 2017, please visit the PASCO website at http://pascohr.org/event-expresso-events-list/. Continue reading

California FTB Warns Businesses and Individuals about Tax Identity Theft and Refund Fraud Scams

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has issued a warning to businesses and individuals that tax identity theft and refund fraud schemes where criminals steal an employee’s information and file a fraudulent tax return to claim and redirect a taxpayer’s refund are off to a fast start this filing season. Continue reading

California FEHC Approves Regulations for Employers Using Criminal Records of Applicants and Employees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 10, 2017, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) approved regulations first proposed in 2016 that restrict the use of criminal records of job applicants and employees by employers in hiring and other employment decisions. The new regulations from the FEHC – the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws – will likely take effect on July 1, 2017. Continue reading

City of Los Angeles Issues Ban the Box Ordinance Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) has issued an Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form to help employers comply with the Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that took effect January 22, 2017. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Session at HR West 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” and CEO of San Francisco, California-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live session entitled “Avoiding Lawsuits and Bad Hires with Effective Background Screening” on Monday, March 6, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at HR West 2017 at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. For more information about HR West 2017, please visit http://hrwest.org/. Continue reading

UPS Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Background Check Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

United Parcel Service (UPS) of America Inc. faces a class action lawsuit that claims UPS allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by using background checks for employment without providing the results to job applicants or employees, according to a report on the Top Class Actions website. Continue reading

FTC Reminds Users of Consumer Reports of their Obligations Under the FCRA

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) blog entitled ‘Background checks? Don’t double-dip.’ reminds users who receive information from Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that compile consumer reports containing the employment, income, and criminal history of consumers that they must comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and not “double-dip” and get a report for one purpose but use if for a different purpose. Continue reading

Albany County NY Legislature Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On February 13, 2017, the Albany County (NY) Legislature voted 32 to 3 to approve “Local Law N” to Ban the Box and remove the check box on county job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record, according to a report on the WAMC/Northeast Public Radio website. Continue reading