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

Use of Big Data for Background Checks Will Be Closely Watched for Potential Discrimination Issues

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In October of 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – was being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks. The potential controversies surrounding the use of Big Data is Trend Number 10 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Los Angeles to Ban the Box on Job Applications for Public and Private Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to pass a ‘Fair Chance Initiative’ ordinance to “Ban the Box” from job applications and prevent public and private employers from asking applicants about criminal records while delaying background checks until conditional job offers, according to a blog on the website of Councilman Curren D. Price (District 9). The law will take effect January 22, 2017. (UPDATE: Mayor Garcetti signs historic Fair Chance Initiative into law.) Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Announce Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider that enables employers to make informed hiring decisions quickly and easily – will announce the selection of the 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017 by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. The list featuring emerging and influential trends in the background check industry will be available during the month of December 2016 at www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

University of Minnesota to Ban the Box on Student Admission Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Starting in the Fall of 2017, the University of Minnesota will adopt a Ban the Box rule on student admission applications and applicants to the school will no longer have to answer questions about past felony convictions or pending criminal charges, according to a report from the Minnesota Daily. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Host Webinar on Background Checks and Legal Compliance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will host a live webinar for Aurora Training Advantage entitled “Background Checks and Legal Compliance” on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To register for this event, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/webinars/background-checks-legal-compliance-2/. Continue reading

November Jobs Report Shows Decrease in Unemployment and Labor Force Participation Rates

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The unemployment rate in the United States decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 4.6 percent while the economy added 178,000 jobs in November of 2016, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

HR Technology and Integrations Improving Background Screening Process for Human Resources

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New HR technology is making background screening for employment purposes “faster, smarter, and easier” while integrations with HR systems have “changed the game” for Human Resources, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

FTC Issues New Guidance for Tenant Background Screening

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new guidance for landlords who use background checks to screen tenants and for tenant background screening companies to help them comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which the FTC helps enforce. Continue reading

Uber and Lyft Drivers in Massachusetts to Undergo Most Comprehensive State Background Checks in Nation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts – Uber and Lyft – have entered into voluntary agreements to ensure the immediate implementation of the most stringent background checks for TNC drivers of any state in the nation, according to a press release from the office of Governor Charlie Baker. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Co-Sponsor Webinar on Managing the New Form I-9

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check provider, will co-sponsor a complimentary webinar entitled “Managing the New Form I-9: Compliance Updates” with EMP Trust HR, Berkshire Associates Inc., and PDS on Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time. To register for the Form I-9 webinar, click here. Continue reading