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DHS Awards $190 Million Contract to Background Check Firm

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a new $190 million contract to a background check firm once accused of “defrauding the government while carrying out background checks on millions of people” but never blocked from federal work, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal available online at Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Class Action Lawsuit BlogsA Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuit filed in a Georgia federal court alleges that a rent-to-own retailer ran background checks and credit reports on employees and job applicants without providing copies of the reports and took adverse employment action against applicants and employees without giving them access to the reports or informing them of their rights under the FCRA. A copy of the Complaint is available at Continue reading

Indiana Changes Criminal Background Checks for Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Indiana Background ChecksEffective July 1, 2014, an amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 changes what information “criminal history providers” such as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that assemble criminal history reports for employment background checks may report to employers. The amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 is available at Continue reading

Survey Finds California Public Employers Ready to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxA survey released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) details compliance efforts by public employers in California to successfully put in place new job applications to comply with a Ban the Box law – Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) – which took effect July 1, 2014. The Ban the Box law removes questions about convictions from state and local government job applications and postpones such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The survey titled ‘Implementation of California Ban the Box Legislation (AB 218)’ is available at Continue reading

June Jobs Report Shows Increase of 288000 Jobs

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Jobs Report BlogsTotal nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 288,000 jobs in June 2014 while the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent and the number of unemployed persons decreased to  9.5 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JUNE 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The most recent jobs report is available at Continue reading

June 2014 ADP Employment Report: 281000 Jobs Added

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Employment Report BlogsLed by gains in both small and medium businesses, private sector employment in the United States increased by 281,000 jobs from April to June, according to the June 2014 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The June 2014 ADP Employment Report is available at: Continue reading

Two New Tennessee Employment Laws Take Effect July 1

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Tennessee LawsTennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed two new employment laws that take effect July 1, 2014. One, The Tennessee Negligent and Retention Law, is designed to provide protection to employers that hire and retain employees with convictions while helping ex-offenders gain employment. The other, Senate Bill 2126 (SB 2126), limits liability and the damages available under the state’s statutory employment discrimination laws. Continue reading

Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at San Francisco HR Star Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco area-based background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Only in California: Using Background Checks to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court’ at the 2014 San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. For more information about San Francisco HR Star, which takes place from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time, visit Continue reading

Webinar Examines Using Social Media to Screen Job Applicants

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenTo help employers learn how to navigate legal pitfalls when using social media to screen job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled ‘Legal Risks of Using the Internet to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. For more information about the webinar, which has been approved by the HR Certification Institute for 1.25 hours of general recertification credit, visit: Continue reading

Background Check Expert Reviews EEOC Criminal Record Guidance

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenIn April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an Audio Conference titled ‘Complying With The New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance’ with on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. For more information, visit Continue reading