Millennials Expanding in Workforce Will Make Background Checks More Applicant Friendly in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Millennials” – people aged 18 to 34 in 2015 – numbered 75.4 million and surpassed the 74.9 million “Baby Boomers” aged 51 to 69 in 2015, according to the Pew Research Center. The fact that technically savvy Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest segment of the …

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Local Ban the Box Laws Will Be Challenged as Less Effective than Statewide Laws with Incentives for Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of January 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties in America have passed “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about criminal history from job applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The fact that employers will have to deal …

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Review of Safe Hiring Manual Calls Book a Comprehensive Blueprint for Developing Safe Hiring Programs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The third edition of “The Safe Hiring Manual” (Facts On Demand Press/826 Pages) – an “exceptionally well organized and presented” guide to background checks written by Employment Screening Resources (ESR) founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen – is “a comprehensive blueprint for developing a safe hiring program for employers, …

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FCRA Class Action Lawsuits Will Continue to Target Employers Performing Background Checks in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, Inc. that plaintiffs must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The fact that employers are still targeted …

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New Data Protection Regulations for European Union will Elevate Privacy Rules for International Screening in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect as the primary law regulating how companies protect the personal data of citizens in the European Union (EU). The need for U.S. companies to comply with GDPR privacy rules when performing international background screening in the …

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Background Checks of Growing Extended Workforce Will Be More in Demand by Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2015 Contingent Work Supplement (CWS) survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated the “extended workforce” – workers with non-traditional employer-employee relationships – could be “more than a third of the total employed labor force.” The need for employers to properly screen the expanding extended workforce …

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Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017, nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a massive data breach incident had impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  a number that grew to include 145.5 million people in the U.S. The need for background screening firms to ensure …

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Opioid Crisis in America Will Lead to More Advanced Drug Testing for Opiates by Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 26, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump officially declared “the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law” and directed executive agencies “to fight the opioid crisis” during a speech at the White House. The growing awareness of an opioid crisis in America by employers …

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Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft Will Face More Scrutiny Over Background Checks in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states in the U.S. have passed laws that seek to strengthen the background checks of drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to ensure the safety and security of passengers who use these popular ride-hailing applications. The growing scrutiny over the strength of …

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Salary History Questions by Employers Will Be Restricted as Pay Equity Movement Spreads in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states and cities in the U.S. have passed legislation prohibiting employers from seeking salary history information about job applicants as part of a “pay equity” movement to narrow the gender wage gap between women and men. This growing restriction on questions about the salary history of applicants by …

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