Survey Reveals Nearly One in Five American Workers Face Hostile or Threatening Social Environment at Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A “disturbingly high” number of American workers – nearly one in five – face a hostile or threatening social environment at work, according to the latest American Working Conditions Survey (AWCS) that revealed the American workplace can be “very physically and emotionally taxing” for many workers.

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Appeals Court Rules FCRA Lawsuit Against Spokeo Establishes Sufficient Concrete Injury to Meet Article III Standing

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 15, 2017, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Appeals Court ruled in the case of Robins v. Spokeo on remand from the Supreme Court of the United States that a man who claimed an online “people search engine” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by providing …

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Study Finds Average Time to Hire for U.S. Employers Grew to 23.8 Days

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The average time to hire from start to finish of the interview process for employers in the United States was 23.8 days in the first half of 2017 – up nearly a full day when compared to the average time to hire of 22.9 days in 2014 – and …

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Courier Service Settles Background Check Lawsuit for $2.5 Million Over Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Applicants who applied for job with Postmates – a  logistics company that operates a network of couriers who deliver goods locally – may be entitled to payment from a $2.5 million class action lawsuit settlement fund over claims the company’s background check process allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), …

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Retail Giant Walmart Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations with Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Walmart faces a class action lawsuit that claims the retail giant allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California law by using unauthorized background checks on job applicants and employees without properly obtaining legal authorization, according to a Top Class Actions report.

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Family of Murder Victim Files Lawsuit Against Property Owner and Former Employer of Suspect Over Lack of Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The family of a murder victim has filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois that claims the property owner and the former employer of a suspect in the death of a Chicago-area woman are partially at fault due to a background check on the suspect that lawyers …

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Class Action Lawsuit First to Challenge Alleged Employer Violations of New York City Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on August 4, 2017, could be the first of its kind to challenge alleged violations by employers of a New York City “Ban the Box” law called the Fair Chance Act (FCA), according to a press release …

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Some Common Job Applicant Fears about Background Checks Unfounded

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help calm nerves job applicants have about background checks done by employers,  an article on job website Monster.com – “Employment background check guide for job applicants” – compared common fears against the facts and featured background check experts such as Dawn Standerwick, Chair of the Board of …

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CFPB Orders Bank to Pay $4.6 Million Penalty for Violating FCRA Requirements for Checking Account Screening Reports

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 2, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. to pay a $4.6 million penalty for failing to comply with obligations outlined in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) related to the accuracy of information about consumer checking account behavior provided …

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July Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Gained 209,000 Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 209,000 jobs in July 2017 while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent, according to the Employment Situation Report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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