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

October Employment Situation Report Shows 161,000 Jobs Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs while the unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons dropped to 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively in October of 2016, according to the Employment Situation report released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

FCRA Lawsuit against Bank of America over Background Checks Dismissed

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A California federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Bank of America Inc. and other defendants over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) during background checks on contract workers by ruling the plaintiff lacked standing to bring any claims, according a blog on the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor website. Continue reading

Background Check Experts Brad Landin and Dawn Standerwick to Speak at Paycor Online HR and Compliance Web Summit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two background check experts from Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ESR President and Chief Compliance Officer Brad Landin and ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick – will co-present a session entitled “Hiring Compliance: Strategies and Trends for Background Checks” on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM ET at the Paycor Online HR and Compliance Web Summit. Continue reading

Man Misidentified as Criminal on Background Check Awarded Over $3 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Florida man who was denied jobs after a background check company misidentified him twice as a criminal – one who just happened to have the same birth date and a similar name – has won a nearly $3.6 million verdict in federal court, according to a report on the Gainesville.com website. Continue reading

Continuous Screening of Employees Could Be More Common in Near Future

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

While most companies currently perform background screening on employees once at the pre-hire stage, “the new normal may call for continuous, post-hire monitoring” in the near future to avoid insider threats, according to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article. Continue reading

DOJ Charges Dozens in Alleged Indian Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has unsealed an indictment charging 61 individuals and entities for their alleged involvement in an Indian call center scam that victimized tens of thousands of people in the United States resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a DOJ press release. Continue reading

Court Rules DOT Screening Program Does Not Violate Privacy of Drivers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal appeals court has ruled the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) did not violate the privacy of truck drivers by providing information about their non-serious safety violations to prospective employers, a decision that leaves intact the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) established by the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2010. Continue reading

JPMorgan Chase Granted Summary Judgment in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has granted JPMorgan Chase a summary judgment motion in a class action lawsuit that claimed the banking and financial services company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when obtaining Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks, according to an article on the website of international law firm Troutman Sanders LLP. Continue reading

NAPBS Issues Comments on Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has submitted comments to the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) in response to the revised version of the proposed changes to DCJIS regulations governing the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) that reiterates previous comments NAPBS filed with the DCJIS in May of 2016. Continue reading

USCIS Invites E-Verify Users to Join E-Verify Tutorial Listening Session

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is inviting all current E-Verify users to join the E-Verify Tutorial Listening Session on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 11:00:00 AM PDT to 12:00:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern. Continue reading