Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Federal and state courts in the United States will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day, the federal holiday in the U.S. created for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces which is observed every year …Continue reading "Federal and State Courts Closed on Memorial Day"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has written a letter to 21 Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) requesting information about the uses of specialty consumer reports and examining the practices of specialty CRAs after receiving complaints from individuals who encountered trouble removing incorrect information from – or even learning …Continue reading "Senator Requests Information from Consumer Reporting Agencies about Consumer Protection"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released the Monthly Complaint Report for May 2016 that shows consumers continue to complain about incorrect information on their credit reports as well as the difficulty they face in having these errors corrected. The CFPB has handled approximately 143,700 complaints …Continue reading "CFPB Monthly Complaint Report Spotlights Errors on Credit Reports"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) have written a letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that raises concerns about the transition of federal security clearance background checks from the old Federal Investigative Services (FIS) to a newly created agency called the …Continue reading "Senators Raise Concerns about New Security Clearance Agency NBIB"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Although the number of deaths related to workplace violence by co-workers remains relatively small, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows this type of workplace violence incident is rising nationwide, according to the article ‘Active shooters at work on rise’ on the Houston Chronicle website.Continue reading "Workplace Violence Deaths by Co-Workers on the Rise"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge in Minnesota has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Target Corp. by ruling the discount retailer did not “willfully” violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates background checks for employment in the U.S., according to a report from Top Class Actions.Continue reading "Judge Dismisses FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Against Target"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study assessing the performance of ex-offenders with past criminal records in the workplace reveals that employers could be missing out on good workers by avoiding job applicants with criminal pasts when hiring, according to an article ‘Ex-Cons May Outperform You in the Workplace’ available on …Continue reading "Study Finds Ex-Offenders Can Be Good Workers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Sarasota, Florida has joined the fast growing “Ban the Box” movement and adopted a policy that voluntarily removes the box on city employment applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have any past criminal convictions, according to a press release …Continue reading "Sarasota FL Adopts Ban the Box Policy for City Hiring"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of General Counsel has released ‘Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions’ to show how The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in …Continue reading "HUD Releases Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers"
BREAKING NEWS Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (Docket No. 13-1339) that consumers must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute. The …Continue reading "Supreme Court Rules in Spokeo Case on Whether Consumers Must Prove Concrete Injury in Class Action Lawsuits"