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Client Education Necessary for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Informing clients of legal responsibilities and requirements imposed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state screening laws is necessary for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Employers must learn their legal responsibilities when using background checks for employment purposes. This blog is the third in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Legal Compliance a Serious Matter for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Being well versed in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and numerous state screening laws is a serious matter for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). The increasingly complex laws governing background checks in the United States mean employers need screening providers that know compliance. This blog is the second in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Consumer Protection Safeguards Crucial for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Having consumer protection safeguards in place to ward off unauthorized users and unwanted intrusions is crucial for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). These policies and procedures protect the information of individuals during background checks and guard against data breaches and identity theft. This blog is the first in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at SHRM 2017 Annual Conference on June 19

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session during the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana. To learn more about the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference, visit http://annual.shrm.org/. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Says Verification of Educational Credentials is an Important Part of Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A verification of educational credentials and achievements is an important part of the hiring process since it “tells an employer a great deal about an applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation,” according to a background check expert interviewed for an article posted on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) website. Continue reading

New Jersey Governor Announces Bipartisan Agreement on Three New Expungement Reform Bills  

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced a bipartisan agreement on three new expungement reform bills that will prohibit employment discrimination based upon expunged criminal records, increase the number of convictions that can be expunged while accelerating expungements, and reduce the waiting period to expunge an entire juvenile record, according to a press release on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Judge Grants CFPB Petition Enforcing Demand for Information from Public Records Company

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in Texas has ordered a company located in the state that compiles public records to turn over information requested in a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as part of a nonpublic investigation to determine whether consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) are violating the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Continue reading

Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 Prohibits Employers from Screening Applicants Based on Salary History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 1, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (HB 2005) which will prohibit employers from screening job applicants based on past or current salary history or seeking information about past or current salary history from job applicants before making them an offer of employment that includes an amount of compensation. Continue reading

Burger Chain Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A potential class action lawsuit brought by a former employee against Five Guys claims the popular burger chain violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California labor law by conducting background checks on employees without properly notifying them, according to a report from BigClassAction.com. Continue reading

Harvard Rescinds Admission Offers for Several Students Over Offensive Social Media Postings

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Harvard University has rescinded admission offers for at least ten students who would have been part of the Class of 2021 for their “offensive” social media postings after they “traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat,” according to a report from The Harvard Crimson. Continue reading