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Alleged Diploma Mills Make Millions Selling Fake Degrees


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A vast network of alleged “diploma mills” with hundreds of websites for phony universities and high schools offering worthless online education degrees with no true accreditation makes “tens of millions of dollars” from people worldwide, according to a report by the New York Times. Continue reading

Ban the Box Comes to Ohio Starting June 1


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Beginning on June 1, 2015, Ohio will “Ban the Box” and remove the box that applicants are asked to check on state civil service job applications if they have past criminal convictions, according to a report by The Associated Press (AP) on the website (UUPDATE: Kasich Signs Ban the Box into Law). Continue reading

FCRA Lawsuit against Bank of America Denied


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in the California Central District Court has denied a class action lawsuit that claimed Bank of America NA violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by obtaining consumer reports for background checks on prospective and current employees using authorization disclosures that did not comply with the FCRA. A copy of the ruling is available at Continue reading

Uber Not in Kansas Anymore Due to Background Check Bill


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride-sharing technology service provider Uber shut down operations in Kansas after the state legislature overrode Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill – SB 117, The Creation of Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act – that would require stricter background checks on drivers and increase the insurance needed for all vehicles, the Wichita Eagle reports. Continue reading

California Background Check Laws Unique


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California has background check laws unique from the rest of the country, according to one safe hiring expert from the Golden State. These “only in California” rules make legally complaint background checks crucial for employers in the state, where stakes are so high that failure to dot an “i” or cross a “t” during the screening process can result in being sued for $10,000 per occurrence. Continue reading

Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance


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 an audio conference to discuss EEOC Guidance titled ‘Using Criminal Records in Employment Decisions’ on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn more, please visit Continue reading

Ohio Attorney General Audit Finds Criminal Background Check System Unreliable


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An audit by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine found that some Ohio courts are failing to follow a state law requiring them to report criminal convictions to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) resulting in “a technologically unreliable” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch. Continue reading

April Jobs Report: 223,000 Added


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Total nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 223,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons dipped slightly to 5.4 percent and 8.5 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2015’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent jobs report is available at Continue reading

Expunged Criminal Records Appearing in Background Checks Unnecessarily


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Expunged criminal records of job and housing applicants removed from government databases are still appearing in some background checks performed by private screening companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. However, a background check expert says these expunged records should not appear if the information is verified at the primary source. Continue reading