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June Employment Situation Report Shows U.S. Economy Gained 222,000 Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 222,000 jobs in June 2017 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4 percent, according to The Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources National Account Executive Pri Murphy to Present Session at 2017 San Francisco HR Star Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Pri Murphy, the National Account Executive for San Francisco Bay area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session on background check trends at the 2017 San Francisco HR Star Conference taking place on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at the South San Francisco Conference Center. To learn more, visit www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources and NEOGOV Announce Partnership for Integrated Background Check Solution

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading global background screening firm, and NEOGOV, the market and technology leader in on-demand human resources software for the public sector, have announced a partnership for an integrated background check solution. The integration will help employers to fill positions more quickly and easily with improved quality of hire and candidate experience while reducing time-to-hire. Continue reading

Uber Sued by Woman Who Claims She was Assaulted by Uber Driver with Criminal Past

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A female student enrolled in a post-graduate program at a university in Kansas City, Missouri referred to as “Jane Doe” is suing Uber Technologies, Inc. and an Uber driver previously convicted of felony attempted first-degree murder that she claims sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. Continue reading

Ban the Box Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in Three States on July 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 1, 2017, several “Ban the Box” laws – so called because they remove the box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal history and delay such questions until later in the hiring process – are scheduled to take effect in three states: Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Continue reading

California FEHC Regulations for Considering Criminal History in Employment Decisions take Effect July 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) – the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws – has approved the “California FEHC’s Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations” that will take effect on July 1, 2017, and restrict the use of criminal records by employers in hiring and other employment decisions. Continue reading

Jury Awards Record Damages of $60 Million after Finding Credit Reporting Agency Violated FCRA

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 20, 2017, a federal jury in California awarded a record $60 million in statutory and punitive damages after finding that major credit reporting agency TransUnion allegedly violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing credit checks by confusing consumers with individuals found in the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) database. Continue reading

Louisiana to Ban the Box on Admissions Applications for Public Colleges and Universities

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation – ACT 276 – House Bill 688 (HB 688) – that will prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from inquiring about the criminal history of prospective students prior to their acceptance for admission except for history pertaining to specific offenses. The Louisiana Ban the Box law takes effect on August 1, 2017. Continue reading

Business Practices Mission Critical for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Business practices that ensure proper character of owners and employees, worker training, and quality assurance are mission critical for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). The business practices of a background screening firm are the foundation that helps them perform accurate and professional background checks. This blog is the last in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Service Standards Important for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Policies and procedures to ensure maximum possible accuracy when obtaining, recording, and reporting verification information for their clients is important for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Verifications of past education and past employment of job applicants are a necessary part of background checks. This blog is the fifth in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading