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ESR’s Hudson Tree to Speak at HR Star San Francisco Conference


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will be exhibiting at the 2015 San Francisco HR Star Conference held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The conference will include a session on “Top Background Check Trends for 2015” presented by Hudson Tree, Director of Strategic Partnerships for ESR, a nationwide background check firm located in the San Francisco, CA-area. Continue reading

Background Check Data Breach Affects 21.5 Million People


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that sensitive information including Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for 21.5 million people was compromised in a database breach involving the background check records of current, former, and prospective Federal employees and contractors. Information about the OPM background check database incident will be updated regularly at Continue reading

New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies Background Check Clearances


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1276 to help clarify the state’s new law regarding background check clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children. A copy of Pennsylvania HB 1276, which takes effect immediately, is available at Continue reading

Uber and Lyft Face FCRA Class Action Lawsuits


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two class action lawsuits filed against Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. claim the ride sharing technology companies violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), and the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA) by allegedly not providing clear background check disclosures to job applicants, according to a report on Continue reading

Top Trends for Background Checks Reviewed in Webinar July 8


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with TrainHR titled ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2015 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT. For more information about the event, please visit Continue reading

Free E-Verify Webinars Scheduled for July 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – is offering free E-Verify Webinars for employers in July 2015 about the Internet-based employment eligibility verification system. To view the E-Verify webinar schedule, visit Continue reading

June Jobs Report Shows Gain of 223,000


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Total nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 223,000 jobs in June while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined to 5.3 percent and 8.3 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JUNE 2015’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest jobs report is available at Continue reading

June ADP Employment Report: 237,000 Jobs Added


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 237,000 jobs from May to June with small businesses adding over half of the total jobs for the month, according to the June 2015 ADP National Employment Report® (NER). The complete June 2015 ADP employment report is available at Continue reading

Georgia Law Taking Effect July 1 Offers FCRA Protections


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective July 1, 2015, a new law in Georgia – House Bill 328 (HB 328) – will enact similar protections offered to consumers under Section 613 of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The text of Georgia HB 328 is at Continue reading

Business Practices Strong Foundation of NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The general business practices of a background screening firm go a long way in making sure that company performs accurate and thorough background checks. A background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has business practices that ensure proper character of owners and employees, worker training, quality assurance, and responsible parties. This blog is the last in a six part series about NAPBS Accreditation. For previous blogs about NAPBS Accreditation, please visit Continue reading