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FTC Issues Report Examining Data Brokers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Data BrokersThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a report – “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” – that claims data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency and recommends Congress consider enacting legislation to make data broker practices more visible to consumers and to give consumers greater control over their personal information collected and shared by data brokers. The FTC report, the result of a study of nine data brokers representing a cross-section of the industry, is available at Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act

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Blogs about PrivacyLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed House Bill 340 (HB 340), the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act into law to prohibit employers in the state from requesting or requiring access to the personal online accounts of job applicants or employees effective immediately. The full text of HB 340, the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act is available at Act. Continue reading

Auto Parts Dealer Faces Background Check Class Action Lawsuit

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Background Check Class Action LawsuitA class action lawsuit filed in Central California against O’Reilly Auto Parts alleges the company obtained and used information from background checks during its hiring processes without obeying state and federal mandates, according to a story on available at Continue reading

Rochester NY Votes to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxThe City Council of Rochester, New York has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and prohibit public and private employers in the city with four or more employees from asking about the criminal history of job seekers on applications. A report in the Rochester Democrat Chronicle about the Ban the Box law, which takes effect in 180 days, is available at Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Oracle Validated IntegrationNovato, CA – May 20, 2014 – Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of ESR’s employment background screening service with Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service, a component of Oracle Talent Management Cloud. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims Job Applicants Misidentified As Criminal Defendants

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Class Action LawsuitA federal class action lawsuit claims a background check company misidentified thousands of job applicants as criminal defendants after they posted bail for people who had been arrested, according to a report from available at Continue reading

Background Check Lawsuit Claims Hotels Violated FCRA

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Background Check Class Action LawsuitsA class action lawsuit filed against ESA Management LLC, which operates more than 680 Extended Stay America hotels in the United States, alleges the company obtained background check reports on job applicants without their authorization in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A report about the background check class action lawsuit from is available at Continue reading

Illinois May Ban the Box for Private Employers

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Illinois Ban the BoxA Senate Committee of the Illinois General Assembly has voted to approve legislation – House Bill 5701, The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act – to restrict private employers with more than 15 employees from asking job applicants about criminal records until later in the hiring process. A copy of HB5701 is at (Updated July 21, 2014: Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation) Continue reading

Using Internet to Screen Applicants has Legal Risks

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Legal Risks & Legal ComplianceTo help employers and recruiters navigate legal risks when screening, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled Legal Risks of Using the Internet to Recruit and Screen Applicants on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To register for this event, which has been approved by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for 1.25 hours of general recertification credit, visit: (NOTE: This webinar is rescheduled for July 10, 2014. Click here to learn more.) Continue reading