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Lawsuit Claims Job Applicants Misidentified As Criminal Defendants

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Class Action LawsuitA federal class action lawsuit claims a background check company misidentified thousands of job applicants as criminal defendants after they posted bail for people who had been arrested, according to a report from available at Continue reading

Background Check Lawsuit Claims Hotels Violated FCRA

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Background Check Class Action LawsuitsA class action lawsuit filed against ESA Management LLC, which operates more than 680 Extended Stay America hotels in the United States, alleges the company obtained background check reports on job applicants without their authorization in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A report about the background check class action lawsuit from is available at Continue reading

Illinois May Ban the Box for Private Employers

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Illinois Ban the BoxA Senate Committee of the Illinois General Assembly has voted to approve legislation – House Bill 5701, The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act – to restrict private employers with more than 15 employees from asking job applicants about criminal records until later in the hiring process. A copy of HB5701 is at (Updated July 21, 2014: Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation) Continue reading

Using Internet to Screen Applicants has Legal Risks

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Legal Risks & Legal ComplianceTo help employers and recruiters navigate legal risks when screening, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled Legal Risks of Using the Internet to Recruit and Screen Applicants on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To register for this event, which has been approved by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for 1.25 hours of general recertification credit, visit: (NOTE: This webinar is rescheduled for July 10, 2014. Click here to learn more.) Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Co-Present Screening Webcast

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Screening WebcastAttorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will co-present a webcast with iCIMS Product Specialist Kiley Brazil titled ‘Tips for Compliant Candidate Screening’ on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. To register for this event, part of the iCIMS Hire Expectations™ Institute Live Webcast Series, visit Continue reading

Delaware Latest State to Ban the Box

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Ban the BoxDelaware Governor Jack Markell has signed Ban the Box legislation – House Bill 167 – that will prohibit public employers in the state from inquiring into criminal records of job applicants before their first interview by “banning the box” that asks job candidates to check if they have a criminal record. The full text of House Bill 167 is at$file/legis.html?open. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims Bad Background Check Cost Man His Job

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Background Check Class-Action LawsuitsA Manhattan man has filed a class-action lawsuit against a background check company claiming that a job offered to him was rescinded after a background check mistakenly found he had felony and misdemeanor convictions belonging to another man with the same name and birthday. A story about the lawsuit by the New York Daily News is available at Continue reading

Background Checks of College Players Part of NFL Draft

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ESR News BlogLong before National Football League teams select players in the annual NFL draft beginning Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET in New York City, background checks are used to reveal information about the character and behavior of potential picks that cannot be found on game tape or stopwatches, according to an article by NFL Columnist Dan Pompei on the Bleacher Report website. Continue reading

Webcast Shares Tips for Compliant Candidate Screening

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iCIMS Screening WebinarAs part of the iCIMS Hire Expectations™ Institute Live Webcast Series for May 2014, iCIMS Product Specialist Amie Smith and Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen will present ‘Tips for Compliant Candidate Screening’ on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. PDT. To register for this event, please visit Continue reading