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Jury Awards Record Damages of $60 Million after Finding Credit Reporting Agency Violated FCRA

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 20, 2017, a federal jury in California awarded a record $60 million in statutory and punitive damages after finding that major credit reporting agency TransUnion allegedly violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing credit checks by confusing consumers with individuals found in the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) database. Continue reading

Louisiana to Ban the Box on Admissions Applications for Public Colleges and Universities

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation – ACT 276 – House Bill 688 (HB 688) – that will prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from inquiring about the criminal history of prospective students prior to their acceptance for admission except for history pertaining to specific offenses. The Louisiana Ban the Box law takes effect on August 1, 2017. Continue reading

Business Practices Mission Critical for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Business practices that ensure proper character of owners and employees, worker training, and quality assurance are mission critical for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). The business practices of a background screening firm are the foundation that helps them perform accurate and professional background checks. This blog is the last in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Service Standards Important for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Policies and procedures to ensure maximum possible accuracy when obtaining, recording, and reporting verification information for their clients is important for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Verifications of past education and past employment of job applicants are a necessary part of background checks. This blog is the fifth in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Product Standards Required for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ensuring high standards for public record researchers are met through policies for data products used for background checks is required for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Criminal record information gathered by these researchers at county courts is an important part of background checks. This blog is the fourth in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Client Education Necessary for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Informing clients of legal responsibilities and requirements imposed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state screening laws is necessary for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Employers must learn their legal responsibilities when using background checks for employment purposes. This blog is the third in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Legal Compliance a Serious Matter for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Being well versed in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and numerous state screening laws is a serious matter for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). The increasingly complex laws governing background checks in the United States mean employers need screening providers that know compliance. This blog is the second in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Consumer Protection Safeguards Crucial for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Having consumer protection safeguards in place to ward off unauthorized users and unwanted intrusions is crucial for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). These policies and procedures protect the information of individuals during background checks and guard against data breaches and identity theft. This blog is the first in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at SHRM 2017 Annual Conference on June 19

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session during the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana. To learn more about the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference, visit http://annual.shrm.org/. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Says Verification of Educational Credentials is an Important Part of Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A verification of educational credentials and achievements is an important part of the hiring process since it “tells an employer a great deal about an applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation,” according to a background check expert interviewed for an article posted on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) website. Continue reading