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

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen Reviews Best Practices for Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a 90 minute audio conference for HRTrainingCenter.com entitled “Background Checks and Safe Hiring: Trends, Legal Developments, and Best Practices” on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Noon Pacific Time. Continue reading

NAPBS Submits Comments to California Public Utilities Commission Concerning Transportation Network Companies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has submitted comments requested by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the background checks of prospective Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers under the ‘California Public Service Commission Rulemaking 12-12-011’ (Order Instituting Rulemaking on Regulations Relating to Passenger Carriers, Ridesharing, and New Online-Enabled Transportation Services).’ To view the complete comments from the NAPBS, click here. Continue reading

Positive Drug Tests in U.S. Workforce Rise to Highest Level in a Decade

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The percentage of employees in the U.S. workforce receiving positive results in workplace drug tests has steadily increased over the last three years to reach the highest level in 10 years, according to an analysis of nearly 11 million workforce drug tests released by Quest Diagnostics. Continue reading

SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students wishing to attend any of the SUNY schools in New York, according to a memorandum to Members of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The effective date of the SUNY Ban the Box policy will be July 1, 2017. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Director of Gaming Solutions Marcy Montellano to Speak at National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Marcy Montellano, Director of Gaming Solutions for global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a workshop entitled “Social Media and Background Screening: Is it Right for Your Commission?” at the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGCR) Fall 2016 Conference taking place at the Seneca Niagara Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, New York, from Tuesday, September 20, 2016, to Thursday, September 22, 2016. A brochure for the NTGCR Fall 2016 Conference describes Montellano’s presentation in the following way: Continue reading

Dish Network to Pay $1.75 Million to Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Satellite television company Dish Network has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for not providing proper consent and disclosure forms needed to conduct background checks for employment purposes, according to a report on the TopClassActions.com website. Continue reading

FTC Requests Public Comment on Disposal Rule for Consumer Report Information and Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on the Disposal Rule formally known as the ‘Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records Rule’ which implements part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) by requiring consumer report information for business purposes to be properly disposed of through reasonable measures to protect that data from unauthorized access, according to an FTC press release. Continue reading

Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million for Secretly Opening Unauthorized Accounts

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. $100 million – the largest penalty the CFPB ever imposed – as part of a total fine of $185 million “for the widespread illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts,” according to a CFPB press release. Continue reading

NAPBS Elects Dawn Standerwick of Employment Screening Resources Chair of Board of Directors

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Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm – is pleased to announce that Dawn Standerwick, ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) for the 2016-17 term. Continue reading

OMB Approves Revisions to New Form I-9

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the latest revisions to the current version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification which expired on March 31, 2016 to clear the way for a new Form I-9 to be released to the public, according to an OMB Notice of Action dated August 25, 2016. Continue reading