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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

Credit Reporting Agencies to Pay $7.1 Million to State of Mississippi over Credit Report Errors

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The nation’s three major credit reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—will pay the state of Mississippi a total of $7.175 million and two of the agencies will offer Mississippians unlimited access to free credit reports over the next three years to resolve an investigation into credit report errors and deceptive marketing, according to a press release on Attorney General Jim Hood’s website. Continue reading

FTC Issues Data Breach Response Guide for Businesses

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With massive data breaches like the one affecting 500 million Yahoo users in the news lately, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a new Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business that outlines the steps that businesses should take when experiencing a data breach. Continue reading

Jackson County MO Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Jackson County, Missouri has joined the fast spreading Ban the Box movement and will no longer require job candidates applying for employment with the county to check a box on application forms if they have a criminal record, according to a report from the Kansas City Star. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on Use of Criminal Records by Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for Clear Law Institute entitled “The Use of Criminal Records by Employers: Staying Safe, Fair and Legal” on November 22, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To register for this webinar, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars/the-use-of-criminal-records-by-employers-staying-safe-fair-and-legal/. Continue reading

October Employment Situation Report Shows 161,000 Jobs Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs while the unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons dropped to 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively in October of 2016, according to the Employment Situation report released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

FCRA Lawsuit against Bank of America over Background Checks Dismissed

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A California federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Bank of America Inc. and other defendants over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) during background checks on contract workers by ruling the plaintiff lacked standing to bring any claims, according a blog on the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor website. Continue reading

Background Check Experts Brad Landin and Dawn Standerwick to Speak at Paycor Online HR and Compliance Web Summit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two background check experts from Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ESR President and Chief Compliance Officer Brad Landin and ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick – will co-present a session entitled “Hiring Compliance: Strategies and Trends for Background Checks” on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM ET at the Paycor Online HR and Compliance Web Summit. Continue reading

Man Misidentified as Criminal on Background Check Awarded Over $3 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Florida man who was denied jobs after a background check company misidentified him twice as a criminal – one who just happened to have the same birth date and a similar name – has won a nearly $3.6 million verdict in federal court, according to a report on the Gainesville.com website. Continue reading

Continuous Screening of Employees Could Be More Common in Near Future

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

While most companies currently perform background screening on employees once at the pre-hire stage, “the new normal may call for continuous, post-hire monitoring” in the near future to avoid insider threats, according to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article. Continue reading

DOJ Charges Dozens in Alleged Indian Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has unsealed an indictment charging 61 individuals and entities for their alleged involvement in an Indian call center scam that victimized tens of thousands of people in the United States resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a DOJ press release. Continue reading