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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

New York City Businesses Must Comply with New Law Banning Credit Checks by Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With New York City passing the nation’s strongest ban on employment credit checks that took effect on September 3, 2015, businesses in the Big Apple need all the help they can get to comply with this new law that strictly prohibits most employers from using credit history to decide whether to hire, fire, or promote an individual. Continue reading

Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Underscores Why Businesses Must Ensure Information Security

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Information security is a critical concern for businesses to prevent embarrassing and costly data breaches that harm a company’s reputation and bottom line. The case of Corona, et al. vs. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. is just one example among many of why businesses need to protect data. Continue reading

BMW to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle EEOC Criminal Background Check Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMW) will pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to the alleged victims of race discrimination to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed BMW’s criminal record background check policy disproportionately affected African-American workers, according to a press release from the EEOC. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Theme Park for Alleged FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against Universal Studios Orlando alleges that the Universal Inc. theme park violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by not properly disclosing to job applicants and current employees that the company used credit reports for employment decisions, according to a story on the TopClassActions.com website. Continue reading

August Jobs Report Shows 173,000 Added in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 173,000 jobs in August while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons decreased to 5.1 percent and 8.0 million percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2015’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest jobs report is at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading