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EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Webinar on February 18

ESR News Blogs about EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled ‘EEOC Criminal Records Update’ on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit Continue reading

Free E-Verify Webinars for Employers in February 2015


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the federal government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has scheduled free E-Verify and Form I-9 webinars for employers in February 2015. The view the full webinar schedule from USCIS for February 2015, please visit Continue reading

Data Privacy Day Celebrated on January 28

Data Privacy Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, marks the eighth annual Data Privacy Day “celebration” in the United States. Data Privacy Day encourages consumers to protect their personal information and businesses to be more transparent about how they collect and use data. For information about Data Privacy Day, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) website at Continue reading

Winter Storm Juno Closes Courts in Several States

Court Cases & Closures

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the National Weather Service issuing blizzard warnings for Winter Storm Juno from New Jersey to Maine, courts in several states in the northeast will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Courts will be closed due to Winter Storm Juno in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New JerseyNew York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. For the latest weather updates on Winter Storm Juno, please visit Continue reading

Report Makes Case for Federal Ban the Box Initiative

Ban the Box Blogs

 Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A January 2015 report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) – ‘Advancing a Federal Fair Chance Hiring Agenda: Background Check Reforms in Over 100 Cities, Counties & States Pave the Way for Presidential Action’ – makes the case for a federal Ban the Box initiative to ensure federal agencies and federal contractors create job opportunities for qualified people with criminal records. The report is available for download at Continue reading

Webinar Reveals Top Background Check Trends for 2015

Background Check Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – presented a complimentary webinar hosted by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen titled “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015” on January 21, 2015. The webinar featured emerging and influential trends in the background check industry selected by Rosen himself. To view a recording of this hour long webinar, please visit Continue reading

FTC Issues Credit Report Accuracy Study

Credit Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A follow-up study of credit report accuracy issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found that most consumers with previously reported unresolved errors on their credit reports believe that some disputed information on those reports is still inaccurate, according to an FTC press release. The study is available here: Report to Congress Under Section 319 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. Continue reading

Michigan Law Protects Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders with Certificate of Employability

State Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective January 1, 2015, new Michigan laws – Public Acts 359, 360, and 361 – offer protection for employers in the state that hire ex-offenders by issuing a “certificate of employability” to certain prisoners before their release. Under the new Michigan law, these certificates may be used as evidence to show duty of care by employers when hiring or retaining ex-offenders. A summary of these Public Acts – Michigan House Bills 5216, 5217, and 5218 that have become law – is available here. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Background Checks

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against Michaels Stores Inc. alleges the craft supply retailer “neglected to properly inform job applicants that the company regularly performed background checks on potential employees during the application process” in violation of state and federal consumer protection laws, according to a report from The full story is at Continue reading