New CFPB Report Reveals Top Consumer Complaints

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the federal agency solely focused on consumer financial protection and consumer complaints – has released its initial Monthly Complaint Report to provide “a high-level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints.”

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New Legislation Aims to Reform TSA Employee Screening

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – the Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015 – aims to reform and streamline Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee screening procedures for airport and airline workers, according to a press release from Representative John Katko (New …

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FCRA Class Action Lawsuits Rise Sharply in June 2015

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Fair Credit reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuits rose 26.8 percent from May 2015 to June 2015, and FCRA class action lawsuits rose 67.4 percent in June 2015 over June 2014, according Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Complaint Statistics available on the WebRecon LLC website.

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Background Check Completion Act Introduced in House of Representatives

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A South Carolina Congressman has introduced the Background Check Completion Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to close a loophole that allowed the purchase of a gun allegedly used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston in June 2015, according to a press …

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City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report …

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Background Check Class Action Lawsuit Settles for 1.75 Million

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A $1.75 million settlement in a class action lawsuit that claimed entertainment chain restaurant Chuck E. Cheese failed to provide job applicants with proper background check disclosures was granted preliminary approval by a California federal judge, according to a report on TopClassActions.com.

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FBI Director Says Background Check System Should Have Stopped Gun Purchase by Alleged South Carolina Church Shooter

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check system should have stopped the alleged killer of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina from purchasing the gun he allegedly used in the shootings, according to a statement by FBI Director James Comey.

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ESR’s Hudson Tree to Speak at HR Star San Francisco Conference

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will be exhibiting at the 2015 San Francisco HR Star Conference held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The conference will include a session on “Top Background Check Trends for 2015” presented by Hudson Tree, Director of Strategic Partnerships …

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Background Check Data Breach Affects 21.5 Million People

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that sensitive information including Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for 21.5 million people was compromised in a database breach involving the background check records of current, former, and prospective Federal employees and contractors. Information about the OPM background …

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New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies Background Check Clearances

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1276 to help clarify the state’s new law regarding background check clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children. A copy of Pennsylvania HB 1276, which takes effect immediately, is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/PennsylvaniaHouseBill1276.pdf.

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