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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Present at ASIS 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of the presenters for the session “Identifying and Mitigating Risks from Within” at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) in Anaheim, California. For more information about ASIS 2015, please visit https://securityexpo.asisonline.org/Pages/default.aspx. Continue reading

Fair Chance Act Would Ban the Box for Federal Contractors

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Members of Congress have introduced bipartisan legislation – The Fair Chance Act – that would “Ban the Box” and give ex-offenders a fair chance at finding employment by prohibiting federal contractors and federal agencies from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant until a conditional offer of employment is received, according to a press release on the website of U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Continue reading

Average Time To Hire Workers Jumps to Record 29 Days

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The average time needed to hire workers to fill vacant job openings in the United States jumped to a record high of 29 days in July 2015, up from 26.8 days in June 2015, according to the DHI-DFH Mean Vacancy Duration Measure. The report quantifies the average number of working days taken to fill vacant job positions and found that U.S. employers took approximately an entire month to hire workers for their companies. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims National Restaurant Chain Violated FCRA

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in California federal court claims Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by having job applications where consent for applicant background checks was “hidden” in the document, according to a report from Top Class Actions. Continue reading

FTC Finds Unique Way to Explain FCRA to Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found a unique way to summarize key requirements of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to remind businesses that use background checks in making hiring decisions of their obligations under the FCRA. A post in the FTC Business Blog contains lyrics for “F-C-R-A” based on the classic hit song “Y.M.C.A” by the 1970’s disco group Village People. Continue reading

Amazon Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in Tampa, Florida claims the nation’s largest online retailer Amazon.com allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by misusing consumer credit reports for hiring, termination, and assignment decisions, according to a report from Courthouse News Service. Continue reading

Data Furnisher to Pay Over $82,000 to Settle FTC Charges of FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The loan-servicing arm of a Texas-based auto dealer will pay $82,777 in civil penalties as part of a settlement to address Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that the company violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Furnisher Rule by failing to have written policies and procedures regarding the accuracy and integrity of reported credit information and failed to properly investigate disputed consumer credit information, according to an FTC press release about the settlement. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Recognized as SHRM Preferred Provider

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm, has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a member of the SHRM Preferred Provider Program able to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) through the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™). Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Encourages Assistance to California Fire Victims

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

As reported by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the fire in the Lake County, California area – also known as the “Valley Fire” – has killed three people, destroyed almost 600 homes, and burned more than 75,000 acres that included hot springs, wineries, and vineyards. More than 2,700 firefighters are battling the blaze. Complete coverage of the Lake County fire is available on the Press Democrat website at http://www.pressdemocrat.com/wildfire. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources CEO Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Session at 2015 NAPBS Annual Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) deal with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance issues outside the traditional employer‐applicant relationship, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled “Staffing Vendors & Third Parties Can Create Liability Landmines for CRAs” at the 2015 National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Annual Conference on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Continue reading