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Nevada Removes Seven Year Reporting Restriction for Convictions


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Senate Bill 409 (S.B. 409) which “removes the prohibition against disclosing a record of conviction of a crime which is more than 7 years old, meaning that there is no limitation of time for which such a record may be disclosed.” The text of Nevada SB 409 – which revises the law for preparing background check reports by Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) – is at Continue reading

Washington State Criminal Records Database Missing Dispositions


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Performance Audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office – “Improving the Completeness of Washington’s Criminal History Records Database” – has found that a third of the dispositions reported in the Judicial Information System (JIS) in 2012 were missing from the Washington State Identification System (WASIS). The audit report is at Continue reading

Background Check Expert Talks Top Trends


Background Check Expert Talks Top Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), will present ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends of 2015’ with Clear Law Institute on Monday, June 22nd, 2015, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM, ET. To learn more, visit Continue reading

New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Sector


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Council has passed a “Ban the Box” bill – Introduction 318-A – Fair Chance Act – that will prevent many private sector employers in the city from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record until after a conditional job offer is made, according to an Associated Press (AP) report on AP also reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signaled support and is expected to sign the Ban the Box bill into law (Update: Mayor de Blasio Signs “Fair Chance Act”). Continue reading

Hertz Faces Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court claims Hertz Corporation and the Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) providing background check reports to the rental car giant allegedly “acted willfully in violating the requirements” of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing criminal background checks on job applicants. Continue reading

TSA Fails to Identify 73 Employees with Terrorism Links


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) – ‘TSA Can Improve Aviation Worker Vetting’ – found that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism related category codes because TSA is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related information under current interagency watchlisting policy.” The report is available at Continue reading

OSHA Releases Update to Preventing Workplace Violence Guidelines


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers that highlights the most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in various healthcare and social service settings. The complete report from OSHA is available at Continue reading

May Jobs Report Stronger than Expected with 280,000 Jobs Added


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Total nonfarm employment in the United States increased by a stronger than expected 280,000 jobs in May while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons rose slightly to 5.5 percent and 8.7 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2015’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The jobs report is available at Continue reading