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

Ban the Box Demonstration Planned for White House

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Advocates, civil rights leaders, clergy, and impacted individuals will hold a demonstration at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, to call on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to “Ban the Box” and implement fair hiring practices for federal jobs, according to a press release from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Continue reading

OPM Restores e-QIP Online Background Check System

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has restored access to the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) online federal background check system taken offline in June after a massive data breach was discovered, according to an update on the e-QIP Application web page. Continue reading

FTC Claims Identity Theft Protection Service Misled Consumers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming that LifeLock, Inc. violated a 2010 settlement with the FTC by allegedly continuing to make deceptive claims about the company’s identity theft protection services and by failing to take steps required to protect the data of users, according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

New CFPB Report Reveals Top Consumer Complaints

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the federal agency solely focused on consumer financial protection and consumer complaints – has released its initial Monthly Complaint Report to provide “a high-level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints.” Continue reading

New Legislation Aims to Reform TSA Employee Screening

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – the Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015 – aims to reform and streamline Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee screening procedures for airport and airline workers, according to a press release from Representative John Katko (New York – 24th District). Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuits Rise Sharply in June 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Fair Credit reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuits rose 26.8 percent from May 2015 to June 2015, and FCRA class action lawsuits rose 67.4 percent in June 2015 over June 2014, according Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Complaint Statistics available on the WebRecon LLC website. Continue reading

Background Check Completion Act Introduced in House of Representatives

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A South Carolina Congressman has introduced the Background Check Completion Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to close a loophole that allowed the purchase of a gun allegedly used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston in June 2015, according to a press release from the office of Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC 6th District). Continue reading

City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report on KAKE.com. Continue reading

Background Check Class Action Lawsuit Settles for 1.75 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A $1.75 million settlement in a class action lawsuit that claimed entertainment chain restaurant Chuck E. Cheese failed to provide job applicants with proper background check disclosures was granted preliminary approval by a California federal judge, according to a report on TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

FBI Director Says Background Check System Should Have Stopped Gun Purchase by Alleged South Carolina Church Shooter

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check system should have stopped the alleged killer of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina from purchasing the gun he allegedly used in the shootings, according to a statement by FBI Director James Comey. Continue reading