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Form I-9 Non-Compliance Leads to $600,000 Fine

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A company was fined more than $600,000 after the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued a decision finding the employer liable for more than 800 Form I-9 violations of hiring employees to work in the United States without properly examining and documenting their identity. The decision is at http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/pages/attachments/2015/07/15/1255.pdf. Continue reading

Criminal Records a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen for California Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers in California deal with complex laws regarding the use of criminal records during background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled “Criminal Records and California Employers: A Lawsuit Waiting to Happen” on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT at the HR in California Virtual Event hosted by HR.com and the Institute for Human Resources (IHR). To register, please click here. Continue reading

Consumer Reporting Fairness Act Would Help Fix Inaccurate Credit Reports

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate – S. 1773 – the “Consumer Reporting Fairness Act of 2015” – would require creditors to inform consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) that certain debts have been discharged in bankruptcy cases, making it easier for consumers who rid themselves of credit card debt to fix inaccurate credit reports that do not reflect a clean financial slate. The text of S. 1773 is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1773/text. Continue reading

OPM Restores e-QIP Online Background Check System

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has restored access to the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) online federal background check system taken offline in June after a massive data breach was discovered, according to an update on the e-QIP Application web page. Continue reading

FTC Claims Identity Theft Protection Service Misled Consumers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming that LifeLock, Inc. violated a 2010 settlement with the FTC by allegedly continuing to make deceptive claims about the company’s identity theft protection services and by failing to take steps required to protect the data of users, according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

New CFPB Report Reveals Top Consumer Complaints

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the federal agency solely focused on consumer financial protection and consumer complaints – has released its initial Monthly Complaint Report to provide “a high-level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints.” Continue reading

New Legislation Aims to Reform TSA Employee Screening

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – the Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015 – aims to reform and streamline Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee screening procedures for airport and airline workers, according to a press release from Representative John Katko (New York – 24th District). Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuits Rise Sharply in June 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Fair Credit reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuits rose 26.8 percent from May 2015 to June 2015, and FCRA class action lawsuits rose 67.4 percent in June 2015 over June 2014, according Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Complaint Statistics available on the WebRecon LLC website. Continue reading

Background Check Completion Act Introduced in House of Representatives

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A South Carolina Congressman has introduced the Background Check Completion Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to close a loophole that allowed the purchase of a gun allegedly used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston in June 2015, according to a press release from the office of Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC 6th District). Continue reading

City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report on KAKE.com. Continue reading