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Forensic Investigation of Equifax Data Breach Reveals 2.5 Million More Americans May Be Impacted


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. has announced that a forensic investigation of the massive data breach incident first disclosed on September 7, 2017, that impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  revealed the impact may potentially reach 2.5 million more Americans. Continue reading

Tree Trimming Company to Pay Record $95 Million Fine for Unlawful Employment of Illegal Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 28, 2017, Asplundh Tree Experts, Co. – one of the largest privately-held companies in the United States – was sentenced to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $80,000,000.00 and an additional $15,000,000.00 to satisfy civil claims arising out of their failure to comply with U.S. immigration law by unlawfully employing illegal workers, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). Continue reading

Background Check of Man Includes Criminal History of Felon with Same Name and Birthdate

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Maryland man says his “life is turned upside down because he shares a name and birthdate with a felon” who shows up on his background check report, according to a report from NBC Channel 4 in Washington. Continue reading

NAPBS Announces Record Breaking Attendance of Background Screening Professionals at 2017 Annual Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – a non-profit trade association representing background screening organizations – has announced that a record-breaking 817 background screening professionals attended the 2017 NAPBS Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida from September 17 to 19, 2017. Continue reading

Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges Over False Claims of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Participation


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Three companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to allow companies to transfer consumer data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.) in compliance with EU law, according to a FTC press release. Continue reading

New York Proposes Regulations for Credit Reporting Agencies in Response to Equifax Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In response to the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers – almost half the country – Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to issue a proposed regulation that would require credit reporting agencies to register to comply with the state’s cybersecurity standard, according to a NYDFS press release. Continue reading

Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations during Applicant Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action complaint filed in a federal court in Georgia against Starbucks Corporation claims the coffeehouse chain allegedly violated required provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by not giving job applicants the chance to correct inaccurate information on their background check reports. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Completes Annual EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Re-Certification


Written By Employment Screening Resources© (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s annual submission for its self-certification of adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework has been finalized and is effective as of September 22, 2017. Continue reading

Survey Finds Only One in Five HR Professionals Confident in Ability of Employers to Assess Applicant Skills when Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Only one in five Human Resource (HR) professionals are “fully confident” in the overall ability of their employers to “effectively assess the skills of entry-level applicants” when screening new hires despite the fact that most of these applicants possess many of the important skills employers value, according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Mercer. Continue reading

Employers Must Learn How to Handle Employees with Extreme or Unpopular Political Views


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 that left one person dead, several people injured, and some participants fired from their jobs as a result has brought to light “the question of how employers should handle the employment of workers who may hold extreme, unpopular, or controversial political views,” according to an article from Talent Economy. Continue reading