Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Achieves Renewal of HRCI Approved Provider Status

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm, has achieved renewal of its “Approved Provider” status from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), the premier credentialing organization for the human resources profession, for the period of January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018. This distinction allows ESR …

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Drug Testing for Opioids Expected to Increase after President Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Public Health Emergency

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump officially declared “the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law” and directed “all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis” during remarks in the East Room of the White House.

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Texas Church Shooting Suspect Passed Gun Background Check Despite Military Court-Martial for Assault

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Updated November 7, 2017) The deceased suspect in a mass shooting in a Texas church that left 26 people dead and 20 others wounded – which Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called “the largest mass shooting” in the state’s history – passed a background check required to purchase the …

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U.S. Economy Adds 261,000 Jobs in October 2017 while Unemployment Drops to 4.1 Percent

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 261,000 jobs in October 2017 while the unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons dropped to 4.1 percent and 6.5 million during the month, according to the Employment Situation released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims Home Depot Violated FCRA with Background Checks of Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed by a Florida man claims Home Depot USA violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background checks on potential employees by not making the proper disclosures required by the FCRA to job applicants, according to a report from Top Class …

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Maryland Rejects Nearly 15 Percent of Drivers Who Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has indicated that “nearly 15 percent of new ride-hail drivers” were removed from apps over the past six months for failing state mandated screening “despite having passed Uber and Lyft’s background checks,” according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Spokane County Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Prohibit Questions about Criminal History of Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has voted to Ban the Box and will “remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications” to give applicants seeking employment with Spokane Country, Washington a fair chance, according to a report from The Spokesman-Review.

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Woman Who Used Resume Fraud to Work in Hospital Shows Importance of Education and Employment Verifications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A woman who admitted in court that she lied about her credentials and experience on her resume to work as a nurse at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital for months and teach nursing at a New Mexico college shows the importance of education and employment verifications when background screening …

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ICE May Quadruple Worksite Enforcement Actions Next Year to Better Enforce Immigration Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan has indicated he instructed the investigative unit of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to potentially quadruple worksite enforcement actions next year while speaking at an event focused on enforcing immigration laws and strengthening border security, according a video recording …

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FTC and ED to Host Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Education (ED) will co-host an workshop on “Student Privacy and Ed Tech”  on December 1, 2017, to examine how the FTC’s Rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to schools and intersects with the Family Educational …

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