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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Consumer Reporting Agency Reaches $3.3 Million Settlement in Lawsuit Over Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A $3.3 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claimed a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing background check reports on job applicants for employment purposes, according to a report from Top Class Actions.

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Study Finds Relative Risk of Pedestrian Fatality is 43 Percent Higher on Halloween

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study of 42 years of car-versus-pedestrian fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed the relative risk of a pedestrian fatality is 43 percent higher on Halloween, celebrated on October 31, and that the average Halloween results in four additional pedestrian deaths.

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Virginia Criminal Records Database Used for Background Checks Missing More than 750,000 Cases

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Virginia State Crime Commission staff members “made a stunning discovery” while reviewing the state’s Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE), finding that 750,000 records used for background checks were not in the system maintained by the Virginia State Police, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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USCIS Reminds Employers Using E-Verify Not to Terminate Employees for Tentative Nonconfirmations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding employers using E-Verify that they may not terminate or take adverse action against employees because of Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNC) until after the Social Security Administration (SSA) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have reviewed the case and the TNC becomes …

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