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Former UC Berkeley Administrator Allegedly Stole From School

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EducationA former research administrator at UC Berkeley who had a prior conviction for embezzlement allegedly stole “tens of thousands of dollars” from the university, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The full story is available at http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/UC-Berkeley-administrator-stole-thousands-5517119.php. Continue reading

Baltimore Mayor Signs Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a signed a Ban the Box bill to make private employers in the city remove a box from job applications that asks if applicants have a criminal record, according to a report from WJZ-TV CBS 13 on CBSBaltimore.com. The full story about the signing of the bill, which takes effect 90 days after adoption, is available at http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/05/29/rawlings-blake-signs-ban-the-box-bill/. Continue reading

Tennessee Passes Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Blogs about PrivacyTennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a password protection law – the “Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014” (S.B. 1808) – which will prevent employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring employees and job applicants to disclose usernames and passwords for their personal internet accounts except under certain circumstances. The full text of this new law, which takes effect January 1, 2015, is available at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1808.pdf. Continue reading

FTC Issues Report Examining Data Brokers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Data BrokersThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a report – “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” – that claims data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency and recommends Congress consider enacting legislation to make data broker practices more visible to consumers and to give consumers greater control over their personal information collected and shared by data brokers. The FTC report, the result of a study of nine data brokers representing a cross-section of the industry, is available at http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/data-brokers-call-transparency-accountability-report-federal-trade-commission-may-2014/140527databrokerreport.pdf. Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Blogs about PrivacyLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed House Bill 340 (HB 340), the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act into law to prohibit employers in the state from requesting or requiring access to the personal online accounts of job applicants or employees effective immediately. The full text of HB 340, the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act is available at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=908152&n=HB340 Act. Continue reading

Auto Parts Dealer Faces Background Check Class Action Lawsuit

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Background Check Class Action LawsuitA class action lawsuit filed in Central California against O’Reilly Auto Parts alleges the company obtained and used information from background checks during its hiring processes without obeying state and federal mandates, according to a story on ClassActionNews.com available at http://www.classactionsnews.com/employment/o%E2%80%99reilly-auto-parts-illegal-background-class-action-lawsuit. Continue reading

Rochester NY Votes to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxThe City Council of Rochester, New York has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and prohibit public and private employers in the city with four or more employees from asking about the criminal history of job seekers on applications. A report in the Rochester Democrat Chronicle about the Ban the Box law, which takes effect in 180 days, is available at http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/05/20/city-council-votes-ban-box/9356071/. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Oracle Validated IntegrationNovato, CA – May 20, 2014 – Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of ESR’s employment background screening service with Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service, a component of Oracle Talent Management Cloud. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims Job Applicants Misidentified As Criminal Defendants

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Class Action LawsuitA federal class action lawsuit claims a background check company misidentified thousands of job applicants as criminal defendants after they posted bail for people who had been arrested, according to a report from CourthouseNews.com available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/05/19/67972.htm. Continue reading

Background Check Lawsuit Claims Hotels Violated FCRA

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Background Check Class Action LawsuitsA class action lawsuit filed against ESA Management LLC, which operates more than 680 Extended Stay America hotels in the United States, alleges the company obtained background check reports on job applicants without their authorization in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A report about the background check class action lawsuit from TopClassActions.com is available at http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/25857-extended-stay-hotel-background-check-class-action-filed-calif/. Continue reading