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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Marriott Resorts for Alleged FCRA and California Labor Code Violations


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action complaint filed against Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. claims the vacation ownership company allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to adequately disclose and obtain authorization to conduct background checks on job applicants. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announces the Addition of Kirk Bogue as Vice President of Operations


Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, announced today that Kirk Bogue has joined the company as Vice President of Operations with overall responsibility for ESR’s operations and client services. Continue reading

August Employment Situation Report Shows US Economy Added 156,000 Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 156,000 jobs in August 2017 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4 percent during the month, according to the Employment Situation for August 2017 report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

International Diploma Mill Operator Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit Over $5 Million


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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Pakistani man who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through a Pakistani company and ordered to forfeit $5,303,020 in addition to the prison term, according to a press release from the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Continue reading

Home Depot Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Consent Forms


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 4, 2017, a class action lawsuit filed in California federal court against Home Depot USA Inc. claimed the home improvement retailer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with allegedly improper disclosures and authorizations on background check consent forms. Continue reading

Hurricane Harvey Closes Courts in Texas and Louisiana


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

Along with tragic deaths, catastrophic flooding, and widespread damage caused by Hurricane Harvey – a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on August 25, 2017 – courts affected by the tropical storm in Texas and Louisiana were closed for several days but all have now reopened, according to a notice from the website. Continue reading

IRS Rehires More than 200 Former Employees with Past Conduct and Performance Issues


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 24, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a final audit report entitled “The Internal Revenue Service Continues to Rehire Former Employees with Conduct and Performance Issues” that found over 200 of more than 2,000 former employees rehired by the IRS from January 2015 to March 2016 were previously terminated or separated from the IRS while under investigation for substantiated conduct or performance issues. Continue reading

Hospital Faces Over $200,000 in OSHA Penalties for Workers Exposed to Workplace Violence


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A behavioral health facility in Massachusetts faces $207,690 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged violations found while conducting a follow-up inspection for workplace violence prevention, according to a news release from OSHA. Continue reading

Uber Settles FTC Allegations Over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. agreed to settle FTC charges over deceptive privacy and data security claims that the ride-sharing company “deceived consumers by failing to monitor employee access to consumer personal information and by failing to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data stored in the cloud.” Continue reading

Survey Reveals Nearly Half of Job Applicants Lie on their Resume


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nearly half – 46 percent – of more than 1,000 workers and 300 senior managers reported they knew job applicants who misrepresented themselves and included false information on a resume, a 25 point rise up from only 21 percent in 2011, according to a survey from staffing service OfficeTeam. Continue reading