Drug Testing in Workplace Will Have to Deal with Growth of State Laws Allowing Use of Marijuana

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of November 2016, a total of 28 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) website. Some states have also passed laws allowing for the …

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Use of Big Data for Background Checks Will Be Closely Watched for Potential Discrimination Issues

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October of 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an …

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Los Angeles to Ban the Box on Job Applications for Public and Private Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Los Angeles City Council has voted to pass a ‘Fair Chance Initiative’ ordinance to “Ban the Box” from job applications and prevent public and private employers from asking applicants about criminal records while delaying background checks until conditional job offers, according to a blog on …

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Employment Screening Resources to Announce Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider that enables employers to make informed hiring decisions quickly and easily – will announce the selection of the 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017 by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester …

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University of Minnesota to Ban the Box on Student Admission Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starting in the Fall of 2017, the University of Minnesota will adopt a Ban the Box rule on student admission applications and applicants to the school will no longer have to answer questions about past felony convictions or pending criminal charges, according to a report from the …

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Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Host Webinar on Background Checks and Legal Compliance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will host a live webinar for Aurora Training Advantage entitled “Background Checks and Legal Compliance” on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To register for this …

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November Jobs Report Shows Decrease in Unemployment and Labor Force Participation Rates

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The unemployment rate in the United States decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 4.6 percent while the economy added 178,000 jobs in November of 2016, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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HR Technology and Integrations Improving Background Screening Process for Human Resources

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New HR technology is making background screening for employment purposes “faster, smarter, and easier” while integrations with HR systems have “changed the game” for Human Resources, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website.

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FTC Issues New Guidance for Tenant Background Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new guidance for landlords who use background checks to screen tenants and for tenant background screening companies to help them comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which the FTC helps enforce.

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Uber and Lyft Drivers in Massachusetts to Undergo Most Comprehensive State Background Checks in Nation

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts – Uber and Lyft – have entered into voluntary agreements to ensure the immediate implementation of the most stringent background checks for TNC drivers of any state in the nation, according to a press release from the office of …

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