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

Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

 Data Breach ESR News Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Officials said a U.S. background check contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suffered a data breach that most likely resulted in the theft of personally identifiable information (PII) of some DHS employees, according to a report from The Washington Post. Continue reading

Background Check Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

Background Check Class Action Lawsuits

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claimed a background check firm violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing information for background check reports, according to a report from TopClassActions.com. As a result, subjects of these background check reports may be eligible to claim $1,500 or $40 from the settlement. Continue reading

Lawsuit Over Retail Theft Database Settles for $2.38 Million

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Pennsylvania federal judge has approved a settlement for $2.38 million in a class action lawsuit that alleged a retail theft database used for background checks wrongfully labeled job seekers as criminals even if they were not convicted of a crime, according to a report by TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

Rhode Island Enacts Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts

Social Media Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts – 2014-S 2095Aaa and 2014-H 7124Aaa – to prevent potential employers or school admissions officers from asking applicants to provide login information or to sign into their social media accounts so an interviewer can view their online activities. A press release about the Rhode Island Social Media Privacy Acts is available on the State of Rhode Island General Assembly website: “Rhode Island enacts social media privacy laws” Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Completes SOC 2 Data Security Audit

AICPA SOC 2

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Independent auditors conducting a comprehensive Service Organization Control (SOC) 2(SM) examination of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading nationwide accredited background check firm –  have issued a SOC 2(SM) report stating ESR maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of employee screening system data. This SOC 2 report ensures ESR meets the current high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to protect customer and third-party information. To learn more about SOC 2 reports, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/SOC-2/. Continue reading

July 2014 Jobs Report Shows Gain of 209000 Jobs

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 209,000 jobs in July 2014 while the unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent and the number of unemployed persons increased to 9.7 million, according to THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2014 jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The most recent jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

New Alabama Expungement Law Allows Clearing of Arrest Records

Expungement Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A new Alabama expungement law that took effect July 7, 2014 allows residents who have been arrested – but not convicted – of a crime an opportunity to clear their arrest record and have the charge “deemed never to have occurred,” according to a report on the AL.com website. Continue reading

July 2014 ADP Report Shows Gain of 218000 Jobs

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 218,000 jobs from June to July, according to the July 2014 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/July/NER/NER-July-2014.aspx. Continue reading

OOIDA Members Lawsuit Challenges FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Boston, MA against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under the Federal Privacy Act, according to a press release from OOIDA. The lawsuit charges that the FMCSA is “unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers.” The class action complaint is available here. Continue reading