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Study Finds Average Time to Hire for U.S. Employers Grew to 23.8 Days

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The average time to hire from start to finish of the interview process for employers in the United States was 23.8 days in the first half of 2017 – up nearly a full day when compared to the average time to hire of 22.9 days in 2014 – and the average length of the job interview process grew longer depending on the region and industry, according to a worldwide study conducted by Glassdoor. Continue reading

Courier Service Settles Background Check Lawsuit for $2.5 Million Over Alleged FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Applicants who applied for job with Postmates – a  logistics company that operates a network of couriers who deliver goods locally – may be entitled to payment from a $2.5 million class action lawsuit settlement fund over claims the company’s background check process allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a news report on the Top Class Actions website. Continue reading

Retail Giant Walmart Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations with Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Walmart faces a class action lawsuit that claims the retail giant allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California law by using unauthorized background checks on job applicants and employees without properly obtaining legal authorization, according to a Top Class Actions report. Continue reading

Family of Murder Victim Files Lawsuit Against Property Owner and Former Employer of Suspect Over Lack of Background Check

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The family of a murder victim has filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois that claims the property owner and the former employer of a suspect in the death of a Chicago-area woman are partially at fault due to a background check on the suspect that lawyers say was never completed, according to a news report from NBC 5 in Chicago, IL. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit First to Challenge Alleged Employer Violations of New York City Ban the Box Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on August 4, 2017, could be the first of its kind to challenge alleged violations by employers of a New York City “Ban the Box” law called the Fair Chance Act (FCA), according to a press release from employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP, which filed the suit along with the nonprofit organization Youth Represent. Continue reading

Some Common Job Applicant Fears about Background Checks Unfounded

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help calm nerves job applicants have about background checks done by employers,  an article on job website Monster.com – “Employment background check guide for job applicants” – compared common fears against the facts and featured background check experts such as Dawn Standerwick, Chair of the Board of Directors at the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Continue reading

CFPB Orders Bank to Pay $4.6 Million Penalty for Violating FCRA Requirements for Checking Account Screening Reports

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 2, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. to pay a $4.6 million penalty for failing to comply with obligations outlined in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) related to the accuracy of information about consumer checking account behavior provided for checking account screening reports, according to a news release on the CFPB website. Continue reading

Survey Finds 96 Percent of Employers Conduct Background Screening

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A nationwide survey sponsored by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has found that nearly all of the employers surveyed – 96 percent – stated that their organizations conducted one or more types of employment background screening. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Top 10 Background Check Trends

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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 a live webinar sponsored by Clear Law Institute entitled ‘Top 10 Background Check Trends for 2017’ on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. Continue reading