Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The European Union (EU) Commission and the United States (US) have agreed on a new framework for data transfers called the EU-US Privacy Shield to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor pact, according to a European Commission press release (PDF). The deal creating a replacement for the 16-year-old …Continue reading "EU and US Agree to Replace Safe Harbor Data Transfer Agreement with EU-US Privacy Shield"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check provider that enables employers to make informed hiring decisions quickly and easily, will co-sponsor a complimentary webinar entitled “E-Verify with the DHS: Making HR Compliance Easy” with EMP Trust HR, Berkshire Associates Inc., and PDS on Thursday, …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources to Co-Sponsor E-Verify Webinar on Making HR Compliance Easy"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A New York federal judge has granted final approval to a $4.75 million settlement in class action lawsuit against a background check company for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report on the TopClassActions.com website.Continue reading "Judge Approves $4.75 Million Settlement against Background Check Firm in FCRA Lawsuit"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers who regularly conduct background checks on job applicants should be aware of several background check trends to remain in compliance in 2016, as government oversight, a sharp rise in class action lawsuits, and the threat of data breaches impact background check practices, according to an article …Continue reading "Employers Need to Know Background Check Trends to Remain in Compliance in 2016"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Global Immersion Press, a network of leading global HR practitioners from around the world, has published Volume 3 of the Global HR Practitioner Handbook that focuses on ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ topics that global HR professionals must understand to add value to their organizations. The handbook …Continue reading "Global Immersion Press Publishes Third Volume of Global HR Practitioner Handbook"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Federal Government has announced a series of changes including the establishment of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to modernize and strengthen the way Federal background checks are conducted and sensitive data protected for Federal employees and contractors.Continue reading "U.S. Government Establishes National Background Investigations Bureau to Modernize and Strengthen Federal Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Winter Storm Jonas – which Weather.com reports buried several states on the East Coast under more than two feet of snow and left at least 27 people dead – has caused court closures and delays on Monday, January 25, 2016 in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C, and …Continue reading "Winter Storm Jonas Closes Courts in Several East Coast States"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on …Continue reading "Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Job seekers who believe the information they post on public social media websites like Facebook and Twitter does not affect their search for employment – for better or worse – should think again. A new survey shows employers are using the Internet and social media more than …Continue reading "SHRM Survey Finds Employers Use Social Media to Both Hire and Disqualify Job Candidates"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to a settlement of $12 million to resolve a class action lawsuit that claimed the financial institution allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) after denying employment to a job applicant based on the results of a background check report.Continue reading "Wells Fargo Settles Background Check Lawsuit for $12 Million"