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Legal Workforce Act Would Require E-Verify Use by All U.S. Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 8, 2017, U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) – whose 1996 bill created the pilot for the E-Verify system – introduced to Congress “The Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 3711) which would require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify to check the work eligibility of new hires, according to a press release on Congressman Smith’s website. Continue reading

Congress Considers FCRA Liability Harmonization Act to Amend Fair Credit Reporting Act to Limit Damages in Class Action Lawsuits


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 7, 2017 – ironically the same day nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced it had suffered a massive data breach – Congress held a hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime” to consider six proposals including one called “The FCRA Liability Harmonization Act” (H.R. 2359) that would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to limit damages related to class action lawsuits filed under the FCRA. Continue reading

Massive Equifax Data Breach Should Not Affect Credit Reports Ordered by Employers for Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers concerned about credit reports used for background checks being affected by the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million Americans — almost half the country – “can breathe somewhat easier knowing their employees won’t be affected,” according to the Bloomberg BNA article ‘Should Equifax Data Breach Worry Employers?’ Continue reading

Hurricane Irma Closes Courts in Florida


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated September 18, 2017)

Federal courthouses in Southern Florida are reopening after closures caused by Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10, 2017, according to the United States Courthouse website. Federal courthouses in Key West, Florida, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands remain closed until further notice. Continue reading

Employers Need to Use Proper Drug Testing Panels to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Workplace


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Even with the dramatic rise in the use of opioids – which can include the illegal drug heroin and legally prescribed pain relievers such as OxyContin® and Vicodin® – some employers hoping to avoid hiring opioid-addicted workers through drug testing may not know the best type of drug test panel to use to uncover opioid abuse, according to an article from Talent Economy. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Marriott Resorts for Alleged FCRA and California Labor Code Violations


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action complaint filed against Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. claims the vacation ownership company allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to adequately disclose and obtain authorization to conduct background checks on job applicants. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announces the Addition of Kirk Bogue as Vice President of Operations


Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, announced today that Kirk Bogue has joined the company as Vice President of Operations with overall responsibility for ESR’s operations and client services. Continue reading

August Employment Situation Report Shows US Economy Added 156,000 Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 156,000 jobs in August 2017 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4 percent during the month, according to the Employment Situation for August 2017 report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

International Diploma Mill Operator Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit Over $5 Million


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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Pakistani man who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through a Pakistani company and ordered to forfeit $5,303,020 in addition to the prison term, according to a press release from the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Continue reading

Home Depot Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Consent Forms


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 4, 2017, a class action lawsuit filed in California federal court against Home Depot USA Inc. claimed the home improvement retailer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with allegedly improper disclosures and authorizations on background check consent forms. Continue reading