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United States and Switzerland Finalize Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Transfer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The International Trade Administration (ITA) has announced the final approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Swiss Government to align with the European Union (EU)-U.S. Privacy Shield and replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. Continue reading

District of Columbia Council Passes Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act to Ban Credit Checks by Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Council for the District of Columbia (D.C.) has passed the “Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act” (Bill 21-244) to amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 and prohibit employers from taking discriminatory action against job applicants and current employees based on their credit report information. Continue reading

Court Finds Complete and Up To Date Requirement of FCRA Does Not Include Accuracy Component

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the “complete and up to date” requirement of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) must follow when performing background checks does not include an “accuracy” component as well. Continue reading

CFPB Orders TransUnion and Equifax to Pay for Deceiving Consumers about Credit Scores

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered TransUnion and Equifax, Inc. to pay a total of more than $17.6 million in restitution to consumers, along with fines totaling $5.5 million to the CFPB, for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers, according to a news story on the CFPB website. Continue reading

NAPBS Chair Says Background Screening Demonstrates Commitment to Public Safety

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the need to hire the most qualified candidate never greater, companies that utilize background screening when hiring are demonstrating their commitment to ensuring public safety, according to an article written by Dawn Standerwick, Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Continue reading

December Employment Situation Shows 156,000 Jobs Added to Economy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 156,000 jobs in December of 2016 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Present Webinar on Background Check Trends for 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers prepare for changes in the background screening landscape in the new year, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen will host a live complimentary webinar entitled ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017’ on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PT / 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET. To register for the webinar, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/733293271056375556. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Reference Checking and Education Verification

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar for TrainHR entitled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Friday,  January 13, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST / 1:00 PM to 2:20 PM EST. To register for the webinar, please visit http://www.trainhr.com/control/w_product/~product_id=701656LIVE/~Lester_S.%20Rosen/~Legal_and_Effective_Reference_Checking_and_Education_Verification. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global provider of background check services and solutions, has released its 10th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017 as selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. For a complete list of all of the top background check trends for 2017, please visit www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Ban the Box Will Become More the Rule than Exception when Background Screening Workers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that works to prevent employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history on the initial applications is spreading rapidly across the United States, with 24 states and over 150 cities and counties having such laws. The fact that Ban the Box laws will become more the rule than the exception when background screening potential employees is Trend Number 1 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading