CFPB Releases Report Providing Overview of Background Screening Industry

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 3, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the agency enforcing federal consumer financial laws – announced the release of a report titled “Market Snapshot: Background Screening Reports – Criminal Background Checks in Employment” that provides an overview of companies involved in the background …

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Family of Woman Murdered during Appliance Delivery Calls for Background Checks on In-Home Service Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The family of an elderly woman brutally murdered during an appliance delivery at her home in Boca Raton, Florida, in August of 2019 has called for “state – and possibly federal – legislation to require comprehensive background checks for in-home service workers, as well as continuous monitoring …

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Man Linked to Cold Case Murder by Fingerprint Background Check for Job Sentenced to Life in Prison

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 23, 2019, a man linked to a decades-old cold case murder that occurred in Florida in 1998 after he applied for a job that required him to undergo a fingerprint background check in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison for the crime, according to …

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Criminal Record of Quadruple Homicide Suspect Did Not Appear on Tenant Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia is investigating why the past criminal record of a quadruple homicide suspect accused of stabbing his girlfriend and their three children to death did not appear on a tenant background check conducted on him, according to a report from WTVM-TV News …

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Pennsylvania Clean Slate Starts Sealing 30 Million Criminal Records on One-Year Anniversary of Signing

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced at a press conference to celebrate the one-year anniversary of him signing House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill into law that the automatic sealing of criminal records would begin that day, according to a press release on …

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Madison Square Garden to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Madison Square Garden has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the arena “imposed too strict of requirements for criminal disclosures that had a disparate impact on minority applicants,” according to a report from the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor. Consumer …

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Macy’s Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Discrimination Against Employee Fired for Having a Criminal Record

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Macy’s, Inc. is facing a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against job applicants and employees with criminal records and violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act …

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Why Employers Should Conduct a Criminal Record Background Check on Potential Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A disturbing story about a worker who compiled a lengthy criminal record over decades “including embezzlement, unlawful imprisonment, domestic abuse, and rape” while working on and off for the same company serves as “a cautionary tale” on why employers should always “conduct a thorough background check” on …

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Background Check Expert Explains How “Instant Clears” of Criminal Record Searches Can Be Problematic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In his article “What Employers Need to Know About ‘Instant Clears,’” background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of global screening firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), explains how a new and innovative method designed to more quickly deliver a criminal record …

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Fingerprints Submitted for Employment Background Check Lead to Arrest in Decades Old Murder

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Florida man was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder after the fingerprints he submitted for a background check while applying for a job linked him to a decades old murder of a woman stabbed and bludgeoned to death in a Delray Beach consignment shop, according …

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