Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 Reviewed

Written By Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 60 minute audio conference for AudioSolutionz titled ‘The Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 – What Every Employers Needs to Know’ on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET. For more …

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Court Affirms Judgment in EEOC Background Check Case

Written By Thomas Ahearn On April 9, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, et al. The EEOC brought suit against Kaplan claiming that its practice of using credit checks during the hiring process had a disparate impact …

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Alleged Diploma Mills Sold $5 Million in Fake Degrees

Written By Thomas Ahearn A Connecticut man is accused of running so-called “diploma mills” since as early as 2003 that sold $5 million worth of false college degrees around the world. A full report about the suspected diploma mills is available on the NBC Connecticut website at http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/cromwell-diploma-fraud-fake-education-degree-charges-255589041.html. (UPDATE: Connecticut Man Accused of Operating Diploma …

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New Georgia Law Helps Ex-Offenders Find Jobs and Protects Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 365 (SB 365) to help rehabilitated offenders successfully re-enter society by removing barriers to employment and making it easier for employers to hire ex-offenders, reduce recidivism and create jobs. The text of SB 365, which also offers protection for employers hiring …

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FTC Warns of False Consumer Complaint Emails

Written By Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning small businesses that an email with a subject line of “Pending consumer complaint” that falsely states a complaint has been filed against their company is not from the FTC. The FTC advises recipients of the email not to click on any links or attachments …

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Webinar Reviews Fair Credit Reporting Act and Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates how employers conduct employment screening. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar with Clear Law Institute titled “The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Background Checks” on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:00 …

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Court Ruling Underscores Best Practices for Handling Consumer Disputes about Accuracy of Criminal Records in Background Checks

By Lester S. Rosen, Attorney at Law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) A ruling by a federal judge in a case in Minnesota on March 26, 2013 underscores the need for background screening firms to carefully review their processes for re-investigation of consumer disputes.

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IRS Investigates Tax Identity Theft and Refund Fraud

Written By Thomas Ahearn Less than a week away from the tax filing deadline on April 15, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the IRS Criminal Investigation started 295 new identity theft investigations since this filing season began in January 2014, pushing the number of active identity theft cases to more than 1,800. An …

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Webinar Focuses on Background Checks and Legal Compliance

Written By Thomas Ahearn Although most companies are using background checks to screen applicants, many may not have a full understanding of the many laws and regulations for background checks. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance’ with Aurora Training …

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Data Brokers Settle FTC Charges of FCRA Violations

Written By Thomas Ahearn Two data brokers that sell public record information about consumers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by allegedly providing reports about consumers to users such as prospective employers and landlords without taking reasonable steps to make sure that they …

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