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On-Air Shooting of Journalists a Tragic Case of Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The tragic shooting deaths of two journalists during a live on-air broadcast who worked for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia by a former colleague who was fired from his job is an example of “the widespread prevalence of workplace violence,” according to a CNN Political Commentary posted on the website. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Bank Violated FCRA with Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal court in Virginia has denied a motion for summary judgment in a class action complaint that claims Wells Fargo Bank violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing background checks on job applicants by coding some as “ineligible” prompting adverse action and including a release of liability in authorization forms. Continue reading

CFPB Finds Complaints about Credit Reports Rising Sharply


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its Monthly Complaint Report that found complaints about credit reports sharply increased compared to the prior month and the prior year. The CFPB Monthly Complaint Report can be found at: Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Seminar on Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a two day in-person seminar titled “Ready, Aim, Hire!! Employee Screening and Background Checks for Newly Hired Employees” on Thursday, September 3, 2015, and Friday, September 4, 2015, at the Courtyard Central Park/Residence Inn in Central Park, New York. To register, click here. Continue reading

Court Finds Hospital Not a Consumer Reporting Agency under FCRA


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An Appeals Court has affirmed the judgment of a district court to dismiss a complaint that claimed a hospital violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and found that the hospital was not a “consumer reporting agency” as defined under the FCRA. Continue reading

DOJ and Background Check Contractor Settle Case for $30 Million


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Justice Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a background check contractor agreed to settle allegations of allegedly failing to perform required quality control reviews on background check investigations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in violation of the False Claims Act (FCA). Continue reading

Texas Attorney General Files Lawsuit against Alleged Diploma Mills


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Texas Attorney General has filed a lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against a Dallas-based group of alleged “diploma mills” that unlawfully marketed and sold fraudulent high school diplomas and transcripts in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). Continue reading

California Court of Appeal Holds that ICRAA is Not Unconstitutionally Vague


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A California Court of Appeal has held that the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA) governing “investigative consumer reports” containing information on a consumer’s character is “not unconstitutionally vague.” Continue reading

CALI Webinar Reveals Dangers Private Investigators Face with Background Checks in California


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) will sponsor a webinar hosted by Attorney and licensed Private Investigator Lester Rosen titled “Pre-Employment Background Checks in California: Dangers and Landmines Facing Private Investigators” on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for the webinar, please visit Continue reading

Fort Myers FL to Ban the Box on City Job Applications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Fort Myers, Florida plans to “Ban the Box” and remove a question on the city’s employment application that asks job seekers applying for city government jobs if they have ever been convicted of a crime, according to a report from NBC 2 in Fort Myers, FL and Cape Coral, FL. Continue reading