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Senators Raise Concerns about New Security Clearance Agency NBIB


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) have written a letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that raises concerns about the transition of federal security clearance background checks from the old Federal Investigative Services (FIS) to a newly created agency called the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), according to a press release on Senator McCaskill’s website. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Deaths by Co-Workers on the Rise


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Although the number of deaths related to workplace violence by co-workers remains relatively small, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows this type of workplace violence incident is rising nationwide, according to the article ‘Active shooters at work on rise’ on the Houston Chronicle website. Continue reading

Judge Dismisses FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Against Target


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in Minnesota has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Target Corp. by ruling the discount retailer did not “willfully” violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates background checks for employment in the U.S., according to a report from Top Class Actions. Continue reading

Study Finds Ex-Offenders Can Be Good Workers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study assessing the performance of ex-offenders with past criminal records in the workplace reveals that employers could be missing out on good workers by avoiding job applicants with criminal pasts when hiring, according to an article ‘Ex-Cons May Outperform You in the Workplace’ available on the website. Continue reading

Sarasota FL Adopts Ban the Box Policy for City Hiring


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Sarasota, Florida has joined the fast growing “Ban the Box” movement and adopted a policy that voluntarily removes the box on city employment applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have any past criminal convictions, according to a press release on city’s website. Continue reading

HUD Releases Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of General Counsel has released ‘Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions’ to show how The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. The HUD Guidance is available here. Continue reading

Supreme Court Rules in Spokeo Case on Whether Consumers Must Prove Concrete Injury in Class Action Lawsuits

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (Docket No. 13-1339) that consumers must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute. The SCOTUS ruling sent the case back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stating its Article III standing analysis in a February 4, 2014 decision to reverse a dismissal of the case was incomplete because the Ninth Circuit “failed to consider both aspects of the Article III injury-in-fact requirement.” Continue reading

Webinar Examines Explosion of FCRA Lawsuits against Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With class action suits against employers who conduct background checks on job applicants mushrooming, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a live webinar with Compliance World entitled “The Explosion of Lawsuits against Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – Traps and Pitfalls to Avoid” on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT. To register for this webinar, click here. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Explains the FCRA and Background Checks in Webinar


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar for Compliance Online entitled “The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Background Checks” on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT. To register, please visit Continue reading

Vermont Passes Ban the Box Law for Both State and Private Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill – H.261 – that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal records from initial job applications for both state and private employment in Vermont, according to a press release on the Governor’s website. Continue reading