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DOT Approves Electronic Forms for Drug Testing

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A final rule that took effect on April 13, 2015 amends U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to incorporate changes to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) chain of custody and control form (CCF) approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For more information about this rule – which expands the DOT’s definition of the CCF to include both paper and electronic form – visit: Use of Electronic Chain of Custody and Control Form in DOT-Regulated Drug Testing Programs. Continue reading

CFPB Report Examines How CRAs Handle Consumer Disputes

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its latest Supervisory Highlights report that shows CFPB supervisory resolutions resulted in remediation of $19.4 million to more than 92,000 consumers. Among the highlights of the 20-page report is a focus on how Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) handle consumer disputes that question the accuracy and completeness of background check reports. Continue reading

LinkedIn Granted Motion to Dismiss in FCRA Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in the Northern District of California has granted a motion to dismiss in a class action lawsuit against LinkedIn Corporation that claimed the online professional networking website’s “References Searches” function violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A copy of the ruling is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Sweet-v-LinkedIn_Motion-to-Dismiss.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Talks Background Checks on May 5

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an Audio Conference with The Industry Calendar titled ‘Background Checks And Safe Hiring: Trends, Legal Developments, And Best Practices In 2015’ on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.theindustrycalendar.com/showWCDetails.asp?TCID=1014708. Continue reading

myE-Verify Now Available in All 50 States

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the expansion of the myE-Verify service that gives workers a free and secure way to participate in the E-Verify process nationwide to all 50 states. To learn more, visit the myE-Verify page on the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/mye-verify. Continue reading

New York City to Bar Employers from Viewing Credit Reports of Job Seekers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Council is expected to pass a bill – “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act” (Int. No. 261-A) – that will bar employers from viewing the credit reports of job seekers and also prohibit them from asking about credit scores in job interviews, according to an exclusive report from the New York Daily News. (UPDATE: The New York City Council passed a bill that makes it illegal to request or use a job applicant’s credit history in making a hiring decision and bars most employers from checking a job candidate’s credit record. Read the full story.) Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit against Major National Online Retailer Underscores Need to Comply with the FCRA

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Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

In a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle on April 7, 2015, a major national online retailer and a staffing firm that provides workers have been sued in a class action lawsuit alleging that the defendants failed to comply with the adverse action notice requirements of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) where employment was denied due to a past criminal matter. Continue reading

Fake Diploma Mills Cost Students Real Money

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Phony diploma mills that use “slick websites” and claim to be “nationally accredited” to lure honest students looking to improve themselves through education only offer certificates costing hundreds of dollars that “are not worth the paper they are printed on,” according to a report from ABC Action News WFTS in Tampa Bay, Florida. Continue reading

Reference Checking and Education Verification Webinar on April 14

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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), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 3:00 PM ET to 4:15 PM ET. For more information, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars-and-seminars/legal-effective-reference-checking-education-verification/. Continue reading

Apple Bans Construction Workers with Criminal Records from Building New Campus

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several construction workers hired to help build a new campus in Cupertino, California for tech giant Apple were let go from their jobs in January because of prior felony criminal convictions, according to a report from The San Francisco Chronicle. (UPDATE: An Apple spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News the company has lifted the requirement that people convicted of felonies in the past seven years could not work on the Cupertino construction project. Read the full story at ‘Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for construction work’.) Continue reading