Credit Reporting Agencies to Pay $6 Million Settlement

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Generals from 31 states have announced that the three main credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – agreed to pay a $6 million settlement to their states and change their business practices to benefit consumers, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney …

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Alleged Diploma Mills Make Millions Selling Fake Degrees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A vast network of alleged “diploma mills” with hundreds of websites for phony universities and high schools offering worthless online education degrees with no true accreditation makes “tens of millions of dollars” from people worldwide, according to a report by the New York Times.

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Ban the Box Comes to Ohio Starting June 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Beginning on June 1, 2015, Ohio will “Ban the Box” and remove the box that applicants are asked to check on state civil service job applications if they have past criminal convictions, according to a report by The Associated Press (AP) on the Cincinnati.com website (UUPDATE: Kasich …

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FCRA Lawsuit against Bank of America Denied

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge in the California Central District Court has denied a class action lawsuit that claimed Bank of America NA violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by obtaining consumer reports for background checks on prospective and current employees using authorization disclosures that did not …

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Uber Not in Kansas Anymore Due to Background Check Bill

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Ride-sharing technology service provider Uber shut down operations in Kansas after the state legislature overrode Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill – SB 117, The Creation of Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act – that would require stricter background checks on drivers and increase the …

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California Background Check Laws Unique

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn California has background check laws unique from the rest of the country, according to one safe hiring expert from the Golden State. These “only in California” rules make legally complaint background checks crucial for employers in the state, where stakes are so high that failure to …

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Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference to discuss EEOC Guidance titled ‘Using Criminal Records in Employment Decisions’ on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn …

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Ohio Attorney General Audit Finds Criminal Background Check System Unreliable

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An audit by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine found that some Ohio courts are failing to follow a state law requiring them to report criminal convictions to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) resulting in “a technologically unreliable” criminal background check system, according to …

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April Jobs Report: 223,000 Added

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Total nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 223,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons dipped slightly to 5.4 percent and 8.5 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2015’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department …

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