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Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Involving Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In March 2017, a federal judge in Minnesota dismissed a class action lawsuit where a woman claimed that her former employer and its related entities “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) even though she said she did not suffer any “actual damages” but only “informational damages.” Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper Showing How Shortcuts Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check provider – has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen entitled “21 Shortcuts and Traps that Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records” that is a summary of ways background screening firms could potentially take shortcuts that may undermine the accuracy of criminal records data.  The whitepaper is at www.esrcheck.com/Whitepapers/21-Shortcuts-Lead-To-Inaccurate-Criminal-Records/. Continue reading

Pennsylvania to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Fair Chance Hiring Policy for state agencies will “Ban the Box” and remove criminal history questions from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under his jurisdiction, according to a news story on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Video Featuring Attorney Lester Rosen Shows Employers How to Avoid Bad Hires

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Business training video producer Kantola Productions has released an updated version of the DVD ‘Safe Hiring: How You Can Avoid Bad Hires’ featuring Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’ Continue reading

Background Check Expert Explains Why Past Employment Checks Are Critical to Hiring Process at SHRM Talent Management Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Speaking at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), said “not checking the past employment of potential new hires is one of the biggest mistakes employers can make,” according to a SHRM article about the presentation. Continue reading

FTC Tells Employers to Keep FCRA Required Disclosures Simple for Background Screening Reports on Job Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a blog entitled “Background checks on prospective employees: Keep required disclosures simple” to help employers understand requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when procuring background screening reports on job applicants from third party screeners. Continue reading

National Small Business Week Takes Place from April 30 to May 6

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Small Business Week (NSBW) – which takes place from April 30, 2017, to May 6, 2017, to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners – offers events in  Washington, DC, Indiana, Texas, and California. For more information about NSBW, please visit www.sba.gov/nsbw/. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen Explains Social Media Screening at 2017 SHRM Talent Management Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), “presented how to successfully use social media for recruiting or background screening” at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, according to a Workforce Magazine article about Rosen’s presentation. Continue reading

Utah to Join Ban the Box Movement to Delay Questions about Criminal Records of Applicants for State Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The state of Utah has joined the so-called “Ban the Box” movement to delay any questions by government employers about the criminal records of job applicants applying for state employment in order to give ex-offenders a fair chance to find work after release from prison, according to a report by the U.S. News & World Report. (UPDATE: The Indiana General Assembly has passed Indiana Senate Bill 312 that prohibits local governments in Indiana from adopting “Ban the Box” ordinances that interfere with an employer’s ability to obtain or use criminal history information during the hiring process to the extent allowed by state or federal law. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has said he will sign the bill, which takes effect on July 1, 2017.) Continue reading