FTC Shares Tips on How to Avoid Ransomware Attacks Such as WannaCry

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a blog entitled ‘Ransomware worries? Keep up to date’ that shares tips on how to avoid ransomware attacks such as WannaCry that affected the computer systems of organizations around the world in May 2017, and suggests people update their own operating …

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Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Host Webinar about EEOC Criminal Record Guidance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will host a webinar with Aurora Training Advantage to help employers to comply with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance entitled “EEOC Criminal Records Update” on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM …

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EEOC Discrimination Charge Filed Against Department Store Chain Over Criminal Background Check Policies and Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 15, 2017, employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge on behalf of The Fortune Society against Macy’s, Inc. claiming “the retailer’s criminal background check policies and practices used to screen job applicants results in discrimination in violation of …

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Appeals Court Finds No Concrete Injury in FCRA Lawsuit Over Incorrect Information on Credit Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided in Dreher v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., et al that the plaintiff’s claim that Experian violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by listing a defunct company on his credit report – thus …

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Inaccurate Background Check Leads Applicant to File Class Action Lawsuit against Prospective Employer

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Booneville, Indiana woman who was shocked to learn she would not be hired for a nursing job when an employment background check report revealed that she had “multiple felonies” – even though she insists she has “a squeaky clean criminal record” – has filed a class action …

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State Department Publishes Notice in Federal Register Proposing to Expand Social Media Screening of Visa Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of State published a notice in the Federal Register requesting emergency approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to expand the collection of information though social media screening of some visa applicants by requiring them to divulge their social media “handles” …

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Security Experts Call WannaCry Ransomware Attack One of the Largest Global Cyberattacks Ever

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Security experts are calling “WannaCry” (also known as “WannaCrypt”) one of the biggest cyberattacks ever after the ransomware program took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spread to 150 countries and infect at least 200,000 computers around the world by locking down all files and allowing …

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Indiana to Prohibit Local Ban the Box Laws that Prevent Employers from Using Criminal History Information

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Indiana General Assembly has passed legislation – Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) – to prohibit “political subdivisions” in the state such as counties, municipalities, and townships from passing “Ban the Box” laws that prevent employers from obtaining or using the criminal history information of job applicants during the hiring process …

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FTC Announces Final Agenda for Identity Theft Conference on May 24

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the final agenda for the conference “Identity Theft – Planning for the Future” taking place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to examine the state of identity theft now and how the crime may evolve in the future, according to …

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Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Involving Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2017, a federal judge in Minnesota dismissed a class action lawsuit where a woman claimed that her former employer and its related entities “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) even though she said she did not suffer any “actual damages” but only “informational damages.”

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