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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield May Face Challenges from Data Protection Authorities

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework launched on August 1, 2016, to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor agreement for data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) may face challenges from Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) in 2017, according to an article on the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) website. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims LA Unified School District Rejected Job Seekers with Expunged Criminal Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) by members of a civil rights group claims job seekers with expunged misdemeanor records were illegally rejected for positions within the LAUSD, according to a story on the Courthouse News Service (CNS) website. Continue reading

NELP Argues Studies Critical of Ban the Box Reach Wrong Conclusion

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has released a policy brief – Racial Profiling in Hiring: A Critique of New “Ban the Box” Studies – critical of two studies that claim Ban the Box policies meant to help applicants with criminal records find work could do “more harm than good” by unintentionally harming minority job seekers. NELP believes these Ban the Box studies reach “the wrong conclusion.” Continue reading

Santa Clara County Court Strike Ends after Clerks Approve New Contract

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Operations at Santa Clara County Courts in California have returned to normal after striking employees voted “overwhelmingly” to approve a new contract and return to work, ending a walkout by over 300 court workers that began August 3, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Receives EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification from Department of Commerce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global provider of background checks and a strategic choice for businesses needing accurate and actionable information when hiring – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s self-certification of adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is approved and effective as of August 12, 2016. Continue reading

Denver Post Editorial Calls on Colorado to Close Background Check Loophole for Doctors and Nurses

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Colorado – one of only five states without a criminal background check requirement to license doctors and one of only six to not require the same procedure to license nurses – should close this loophole and require criminal background checks for doctors and nurses in the Centennial State, according to an Editorial by The Denver Post. Continue reading

Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Time Warner Citing Supreme Court Spokeo Ruling

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Wisconsin federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Time Warner Cable, Inc. over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by finding the plaintiff could not show he suffered “concrete harm” from the background check process in a decision that cited a ruling in the case of Spokeo v. Robins by the Supreme Court of the United States. Continue reading

Research Suggests Ban the Box Policies May Unintentionally Harm Minority Job Seekers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Research on Ban the Box (BTB) policies issued in July 2016 suggests that jurisdictions in the United States that adopted Ban the Box policies preventing employers from conducting criminal background checks until late in the hiring process to improve employment opportunities for job seekers with criminal records and reduce racial disparities in the workforce may unintentionally harm minority applicants. Continue reading

Massachusetts Passes Law with Strongest Background Check Requirements in Nation for Transportation Network Companies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation – Bill H. 4570 – an Act for regulating drivers of  “transportation network companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft that includes “the strongest state background check requirements in the nation,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Continue reading

Report Finds Two Out of Three Companies Experienced Insider Theft or Corruption of Data in Prior Year

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report entitled “The State of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust 2016” has revealed that more than two out of three companies surveyed – 69 percent – experienced an attempted or successful insider theft or corruption of data during the prior 12 months, and that concerns from security professionals over insider theft of corporate information over the coming 12 to 18 months rose by nearly two-thirds. Continue reading