FBI Completes Investigation into Unauthorized Flight of Aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma Airport

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has completed its investigation of the unauthorized flight of a Horizon Air Q400 aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington by Richard Russell on Friday, August 10, 2018, and decided – given the death of Russell in the incident and his …

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Worker Accused of Illegally Downloading Employee Data Shows Need for Unauthorized Browsing Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Chicago Public Schools (CPS) worker was fired from her job and charged with computer tampering and four felony counts of identity theft for illegally downloading personal data of CPS employees without permission, The Chicago Tribune reports. This incident shows the need for an “Unauthorized Browsing” policy.

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Home Service Provider Allegedly Recommended Contractor with Criminal Record Who Botched Job

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A North Carolina couple claims that HomeAdvisor – a home service provider claiming to have “one of the industry’s most comprehensive screening processes”– recommended a contractor with a criminal record who left their home renovation project a “disaster,” according to WCNC-TV in Charlotte, NC.

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Hiring Veterans Is Right Thing and Smart Thing To Do for Businesses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In honor of Veterans Day observed annually on November 11 – when Americans thank veterans for their service in the United States military – business and technology leaders would be wise to help the approximately 200,000 U.S. service members who are making the transition to civilian life each year …

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Stanford University Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations with Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a Northern California District Court in October of 2018 claims Stanford University procured background checks for employment purposes without obtaining the proper authorization from job applicants in an alleged violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates the …

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Amendment 4 Approved by Florida Voters to Restore Voting Rights of Over One Million Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 6, 2018, Florida voters approved Amendment 4 with almost 65 percent of the vote – the measure needed at least 60 percent to become law – allowing approximately 1.2 million convicted ex-offenders in the state to automatically have their voting rights restored, according to The …

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Denton County TX to Pay $115,000 to Female Doctor in EEOC Equal Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced that Denton County in Texas will pay $115,000 to a female former county doctor after a federal court ruled in favor of the EEOC in an equal …

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Study Identifies States in America Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft and Fraud

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Some Americans are more “likely to be exposed to and affected by identity theft and fraud” depending on the state where they live, according to a comparison of 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) across three key dimensions – identity theft, fraud, and policy – …

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Background Check Expert to Present Webinar on Avoiding Illegal Employment Screening Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar entitled “Avoiding Illegal Pre-Employment Screening Practices: Update on Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Salary Secrecy Law” for continuing education provider Clear Law Institute on Wednesday, December 5th, …

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October 2018 Jobs Report Reveals U.S. Economy Added 250,000 Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 250,000 jobs in October 2018 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent during the month, according to the jobs report for October 2018 released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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