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EEOC Increases Fines 150 Percent for Employers Violating Notice Posting Requirements

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced in a final rule published in the Federal Register a 150 percent increase to the monetary fine for employers who fail to follow notice-posting requirements for Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). Accordingly, the EEOC is adjusting the maximum penalty per violation from $210 to $525. This final rule is effective July 5, 2016. Continue reading

Connecticut Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill Into Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a Ban the Box bill into law that will prohibit most employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring job seekers to disclose any criminal history such as prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on initial job applications. The Ban the Box law in Connecticut – part of a growing trend sweeping the nation – shall take effect on January 1, 2017. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Achieves Background Screening Credentialing Council Re-Accreditation

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Posted By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

MORRISVILLE, N.C., June 6, 2016 – The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and is recognized as BSCC-Accredited. Continue reading

May Jobs Report Disappoints with Only 38,000 Jobs Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added a disappointing 38,000 jobs in May while the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent and the number of unemployed persons declined by 484,000 to 7.4 million during the month, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Ban the Box Legislation for State Employees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Louisiana State Legislature has passed “Ban the Box” legislation – House Bill No. 266 (HB 266) – that will prohibit state employers from inquiring about the criminal history of a prospective employee on an initial application form until after the prospective employee is given an opportunity to interview for the position or until after the prospective employee is given a conditional offer of employment. Continue reading

White House Report on Big Data Reveals Opportunities and Challenges with Employment Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In May 2016, the White House released ‘Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights’ that revealed “Big Data” – defined as information so high in volume, velocity, and variety that it requires new forms of processing for decision making – can uncover or even reduce employment discrimination but also risk enabling and automating potentially discriminatory hiring practices. Continue reading

ACFE Global Fraud Conference Features Session by Background Check Expert on Reducing Insider Threats

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the session “Background Checks and Reducing the Insider Threat: Strategies Before and After Hiring” at the 27th Annual Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Global Fraud Conference held from June 12-17, 2016 at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. To register for the ACFE conference, click here. Continue reading

Federal and State Courts Closed on Memorial Day

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Federal and state courts in the United States will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day, the federal holiday in the U.S. created for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces which is observed every year on the last Monday of May. For a schedule of federal court holidays for 2016, click here. Continue reading

Senator Requests Information from Consumer Reporting Agencies about Consumer Protection

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has written a letter to 21 Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) requesting information about the uses of specialty consumer reports and examining the practices of specialty CRAs after receiving complaints from individuals who encountered trouble removing incorrect information from – or even learning about the contents of – their specialty consumer reports, according to a news release on Senator McCaskill’s website. Continue reading

CFPB Monthly Complaint Report Spotlights Errors on Credit Reports

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released the Monthly Complaint Report for May 2016 that shows consumers continue to complain about incorrect information on their credit reports as well as the difficulty they face in having these errors corrected. The CFPB has handled approximately 143,700 complaints about credit reports since they began accepting credit reporting complaints in October 2012. Continue reading