Employers Should Watch Out for Phony Job Seekers Looking for FCRA Lawsuits Not Work

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers conducting background checks on prospective employees have to worry about the sharp rise in the number of class action lawsuits filed by job applicants over alleged technical violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Employment Screening Resources (ESR) saw the potential for phony …

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Military Veterans Face Unique Challenges in Civilian Workforce

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nearly two-thirds – 64 percent – of U.S. military veterans employed in white collar jobs in the civilian workforce say they are not using skills that could be relevant in the corporate world while more than one-third – 38 percent – say corporate leaders are incapable of seeing …

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European Commission Issues Guidance on Data Transfers to US after Safe Harbor Ruled Invalid

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The European Commission has issued guidance on transatlantic data transfers and is urging the establishment of a new data transfer agreement within three months after an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidated the Safe Harbor pact allowing data transfers between the European …

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Banks Have Special Obligation to Perform Background Checks when Hiring

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Banks and financial entities have a special obligation to exercise care when hiring due to regulations and the need to maintain a workforce that clients will trust. To help with this task, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a …

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Strong October Jobs Report Exceeds Expectations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy added a higher than expected 271,000 jobs in October 2015 while the unemployment rate dipped to 5.0 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — OCTOBER 2015’ jobs report released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Using Social Networking Sites to Screen Job Applicants Can Be Risky Business for Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help employers navigate through legal pitfalls when using the Internet to screen job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Screening Applicants Using Social Networking Sites” with Clear Law Institute on November 12, 2015, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 …

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against GEO Group for Alleged FCRA Violations

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in New York federal court claims The GEO Group, Inc. and their background screening provider violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) during criminal background checks of job applicants, the law firm Outten & Golden LLP announced.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Spokeo v. Robins

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins which could decide whether or not a plaintiff has the legal right, or “standing,” to bring a class action lawsuit for a technical …

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President Obama to Announce Executive Order to Ban the Box for Federal Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn United States President Barack Obama will announce an Executive Order to Ban the Box and remove the question about the criminal history of applicants from the job applications for hiring by federal employers, according to “FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration …

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CFPB Orders Background Check Firms to Pay $13 Million for Alleged Inaccurate Reports

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is ordering two of the nation’s largest employment background check firms to correct their practices, provide $10.5 million in relief to harmed consumers, and pay a $2.5 million civil penalty for allegedly failing to take steps to ensure the information they …

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