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More than Eight Out of Ten Employers Find Resume Fraud


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A benchmark study on employment background screening revealed more than eight out of ten employers – a whopping 85 percent – found resume fraud that includes “embellishments or outright lies on job applicant resumes in the last year,” according to a bulletin from SharedHR. Continue reading

Former Partner at Wolf of Wall Street Firm Now CEO of Job Board Helping Ex-Offenders Find Work


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A former partner at the notorious brokerage house Stratton Oakmont that was profiled – some might even say glorified – in the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street” who ended up serving 22 months of jail time for securities fraud is now the founder and CEO of a for-profit job placement company called that connects ex-offenders like him with criminal records to job opportunities. Continue reading

FREE Act Would Give Consumers Control Over Credit Information in Wake of Equifax Data Breach


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 15, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act to give consumers control over their credit information in the wake of the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal data of as many as 143 million Americans, according a press release on Senator Warren’s website. Continue reading

2017 NAPBS Annual Conference to Take Place as Scheduled in Florida from September 17 to 19


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has announced that the 2017 NAPBS Annual Conference will take place as scheduled from September 17 to 19, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The NAPBS had been closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Irma – a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10, 2017 – on the host site for the conference. Continue reading

Employers Must Start Using Revised Form I-9 by September 18


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Starting Monday, September 18, 2017, all employers in the United States must use the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Revision Date 07/17/17 N) published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on July 17, 2017 and available at Continue reading

Legal Workforce Act Would Require E-Verify Use by All U.S. Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 8, 2017, U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) – whose 1996 bill created the pilot for the E-Verify system – introduced to Congress “The Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 3711) which would require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify to check the work eligibility of new hires, according to a press release on Congressman Smith’s website. Continue reading

Congress Considers FCRA Liability Harmonization Act to Amend Fair Credit Reporting Act to Limit Damages in Class Action Lawsuits


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 7, 2017 – ironically the same day nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced it had suffered a massive data breach – Congress held a hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime” to consider six proposals including one called “The FCRA Liability Harmonization Act” (H.R. 2359) that would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to limit damages related to class action lawsuits filed under the FCRA. Continue reading

Massive Equifax Data Breach Should Not Affect Credit Reports Ordered by Employers for Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers concerned about credit reports used for background checks being affected by the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million Americans — almost half the country – “can breathe somewhat easier knowing their employees won’t be affected,” according to the Bloomberg BNA article ‘Should Equifax Data Breach Worry Employers?’ Continue reading

Hurricane Irma Closes Courts in Florida


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated September 18, 2017)

Federal courthouses in Southern Florida are reopening after closures caused by Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10, 2017, according to the United States Courthouse website. Federal courthouses in Key West, Florida, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands remain closed until further notice. Continue reading

Employers Need to Use Proper Drug Testing Panels to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Workplace


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Even with the dramatic rise in the use of opioids – which can include the illegal drug heroin and legally prescribed pain relievers such as OxyContin® and Vicodin® – some employers hoping to avoid hiring opioid-addicted workers through drug testing may not know the best type of drug test panel to use to uncover opioid abuse, according to an article from Talent Economy. Continue reading