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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

FTC Releases New Guidance for Employment Background Screening Companies to Help with FCRA Compliance


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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released new guidance for companies in the business of compiling background information for employment purposes called “What Employment Background Screening Companies Need to Know About the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)” in order to help these companies understand when their work defines them as a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) under the FCRA. Continue reading

Judge Rules Women Can Sue Uber Over Alleged Sexual Assaults


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A San Francisco federal judge has ruled that two women may continue their lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. for two alleged sexual assaults committed by Uber drivers even though the transportation network company claims they are not liable for the actions of drivers since they are independent contractors and not employees, according to a report on Continue reading

Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 367 (SB 367) to advance comprehensive reform for offenders entering, proceeding through, and leaving the criminal justice system to promote their successful reentry into society, benefit the public, and enact reforms recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, according to a press release on the Office of the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Explains How to Use Background Checks to Hire the Best Workers


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 Aurora Training Advantage entitled “Background Checks and Legal Compliance – How to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court”  on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Violated FCRA and State Laws with Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Philadelphia claims that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws when conducting criminal background checks on job applicants, according to a press release from Outten & Golden LLP and a coalition of legal advocates. Continue reading

White House Proposes New Ban the Box Regulations for Federal Government Jobs


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would “Ban the Box” and prohibit the government from asking about the criminal history of applicants for Federal employment until later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer. The public has until July 1, 2016, to submit comments here before a final rule is issued. Continue reading

USCIS Announces Testing for New E-Verify Mobile App


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has announced testing for the new E-Verify Mobile App (“Application”) for employment eligibility verification of workers. Continue reading

National Reentry Week Part of Department of Justice Mission to Help Ex-Offenders


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help reformed ex-offenders contribute to their communities upon release from prison, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) designated the week of April 24-30, 2016, as National Reentry Week and asked the Bureau of Prisons to coordinate reentry events such as job fairs, practice interviews, and mentorship programs at their facilities across the country. Continue reading