Major Corporations Sign White House Pledge to Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several major American corporations including Coca-Cola, Facebook, and Starbucks have joined President Barack Obama as the founding members in signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge that asks all of the U.S. private sector to Ban the Box on employment applications in order to eliminate barriers to job …

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Missouri to Ban the Box by Removing Criminal History Questions from State Job Applications

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed Ban the Box legislation – Executive Order 16-04 – to direct state agencies to lessen unnecessary barriers to jobs by removing questions relating to criminal history from initial state employment applications, according to a report on the Governor’s website.

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Article 29 Working Party Has Strong Concerns with EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn European Union (EU) data protection watchdog group Article 29 Working Party has released a statement about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that “welcomes the significant improvements brought by the Privacy Shield compared to the Safe Harbor decision” but also expresses “strong concerns on both the commercial aspects …

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USCIS Launches New E-Verify Usage Statistics Webpage

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new E-Verify Usage Statistics webpage with easy-to-use interactive tools that allows the public to view the total number of E-Verify Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) by state and the top 20 industries in the U.S. that use …

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NAPBS Executive Director Melissa Sorenson Explains How Removing Birthdate from Court Records May Have Unintended Consequences

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With many courts considering the removal of identifiers such as date of birth (DOB) from public records to protect citizens from identity theft, Melissa Sorenson, Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has written a guest column for The Gazette entitled ‘Removing …

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Uber to Pay $10 Million to Settle Lawsuits with SF and LA Over Driver Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Ride-sharing application provider Uber has agreed pay at least $10 million to settle lawsuits filed by district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles that claim the company misled passengers about the quality of driver background checks, a figure that could rise to $25 million if …

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Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Gets Final Approval

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge in Los Angeles has given final approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement that finally ends a class action lawsuit against Sony Pictures stemming from a massive data breach suffered by the studio in November 2014 that exposed the personal data of thousands of employees …

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Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Federal agents have arrested twenty-one recruiters and employers from across the United States for allegedly conspiring with more than 1,000 foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student visas and obtain foreign worker visas through a “pay to stay” scam uncovered by a fake diploma mill created by …

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Home Improvement Store May Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit with Gift Cards

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Lowe’s Companies, Inc. may offer more than 450,000 people a $50 gift card or a $35 check in a settlement agreement for a class action lawsuit that claims the home improvement store violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with background checks, reports Time Warner Cable …

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IRS Offers Taxpayers Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft so that taxpayers can take additional actions to combat tax-related identity theft that occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. For more …

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