U.S. Employers Performing International Background Checks in EU Face GDPR Enforcement Starting May 25

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – which has been called “the most important data privacy regulation in 20 years” – will begin and the GDPR will be the primary law regulating how companies protect the personal data of citizens in the European Union …

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Cautionary Tale Shows Consequences of Not Performing Background Checks on Temporary Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Do you think temporary workers – or “temps” – do not need to undergo background checks because they will not be with a company long enough to cause a problem? Think again. A cautionary tale from the second installment of the new CNBC Make It series HR …

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Congress Members Send Letter to CEOs of Transportation Network Companies Asking about Safety Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 21, 2018, nine members of Congress sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Uber, Lyft, Juno, Curb, and Via inquiring about the practices transportation network companies (TNCs) employ for ensuring passenger safety after a CNN investigation found 103 Uber drivers and 18 Lyft …

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Survey Finds Most Managers and HR Professionals Willing to Hire Job Applicants with Criminal Records   

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New research from a collaboration between the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charles Koch Institute (CKI)  has identified a potentially significant pool of untapped workers – job applicants with criminal records – and found most employers are willing to hire and work with them.

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Linn County in Iowa Adopts Ban the Box Resolution for Inclusive Hiring Practices for Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2018, the Linn County Board of Supervisors adopted a “Ban the Box” resolution for inclusive hiring practices for County positions to demonstrate a “commitment to equal employment opportunity for otherwise qualified individuals with a prior criminal conviction,” according to a Civic Alert on County’s …

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Talent Shortage in U.S. Continues as Job Openings Hit Record High of 6.6 Million in March 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The talent shortage problem continued in the United States as job openings increased to a record high of 6.6 million on the last business day of March 2018, according to the ‘Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary’ from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest level since the …

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Background Check Expert to Present Webinar on Employment and Education Verifications on May 30

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar entitled “Verifying Employment, Education, and Credentials” on May 30, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT. The webinar is the third in a four-part series …

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ICE Worksite Enforcement Investigations for Fiscal Year 2018 Already Double the Amount of FY 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2018, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – which enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration – announced that the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had already doubled the amount of ongoing worksite enforcement investigation cases in Fiscal Year (FY) …

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Analysis of Workforce Drug Testing Results Finds Positivity Rate at Highest Level in a Decade

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Drug use by the U.S. workforce remained at its highest level in more than a decade as the positivity rate for drug tests was 4.2 percent in 2017, the same as in 2016 and the highest since 2004, according to analysis of more than 10 million drug …

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Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order to Ban the Box on State Employment Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 2, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued Executive Order 18-12 to “Ban the Box” on state employment practices and instruct Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to ensure that job applicants are not asked about their criminal record during the initial stage of a …

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