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Lawsuit Against Kohl’s Over Background Checks Dismissed


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A California federal judge has granted a Motion to Dismiss in a class action lawsuit against Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. that claimed the company conducted improper background checks on job applicants in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Announces Completion of 2015 SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit


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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading nationwide accredited background screening firm, has announced that independent auditors conducted a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2® examination of its operations for the six month testing period of January 2015 through June 2015 and issued a SOC 2® Type 2 report stating that ESR management maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of its employee screening system and related data. Continue reading

US EU Safe Harbor Data Transfer Pact Ruled Invalid



Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a 15-year-old international agreement called Safe Harbor that allowed companies to transfer the digital data of individuals between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) is immediately invalid, according to a press release from the ECJ. Continue reading

September Jobs Report Shows Gain in Health Care and Business Services

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs in September 2015 led by gains in the health care and professional and business services industries, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2015’ released by the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Whole Foods Settles FCRA Lawsuit for $803,000


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Natural grocery store chain Whole Foods Market Group Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $803,000 to settle a class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for improperly disclosing to job applicants that they would undergo background checks, according to a report from Top Class Actions. Continue reading

Experian Data Breach Exposes PII of T-Mobile Customers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 15, 2015, credit reporting agency Experian discovered a data breach where an unauthorized party accessed records containing personally identifiable information (PII) of T-Mobile users including names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers (SSNs), and additional information housed in an Experian server, according an FAQ page about the data breach on the Experian website. Continue reading

E-Verify Extended to December 11 After Government Shutdown Avoided


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The E-Verify employment eligibility verification system due to expire at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015 was extended to December 11, 2015 within hours of the deadline as part of a continuing resolution that funded the federal budget short term to avoid a government shutdown, according to a report from The Daily Signal. Continue reading

Top Ten Deadliest Jobs in America Revealed


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

What are the top ten deadliest civilian jobs in America with the highest fatal work injury rates? A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014, an increase of 2 percent over the revised count of 4,585 fatal work injuries in 2013, according to results from the national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) released in September 2015 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Identity Theft Victimized 17.6 Million People in 2014


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An estimated 17.6 million people in the United States – or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older – were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014, according to the report Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Continue reading

Top Trends for Background Checks Examined at ASIS 2015


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help security professionals stay up to date with latest trends in the background check industry, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled “Ten Trends for Background Checks” at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) in Anaheim, California. For more information about ASIS 2015, please visit ASIS 2015 webpage. Continue reading