Denver Post Editorial Calls on Colorado to Close Background Check Loophole for Doctors and Nurses

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Colorado – one of only five states without a criminal background check requirement to license doctors and one of only six to not require the same procedure to license nurses – should close this loophole and require criminal background checks for doctors and nurses in the Centennial State, according to an Editorial by The Denver Post. Continue reading

Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Time Warner Citing Supreme Court Spokeo Ruling

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Wisconsin federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Time Warner Cable, Inc. over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by finding the plaintiff could not show he suffered “concrete harm” from the background check process in a decision that cited a ruling in the case of Spokeo v. Robins by the Supreme Court of the United States. Continue reading

Research Suggests Ban the Box Policies May Unintentionally Harm Minority Job Seekers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Research on Ban the Box (BTB) policies issued in July 2016 suggests that jurisdictions in the United States that adopted Ban the Box policies preventing employers from conducting criminal background checks until late in the hiring process to improve employment opportunities for job seekers with criminal records and reduce racial disparities in the workforce may unintentionally harm minority applicants. Continue reading

Massachusetts Passes Law with Strongest Background Check Requirements in Nation for Transportation Network Companies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation – Bill H. 4570 – an Act for regulating drivers of  “transportation network companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft that includes “the strongest state background check requirements in the nation,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Continue reading

Report Finds Two Out of Three Companies Experienced Insider Theft or Corruption of Data in Prior Year

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report entitled “The State of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust 2016” has revealed that more than two out of three companies surveyed – 69 percent – experienced an attempted or successful insider theft or corruption of data during the prior 12 months, and that concerns from security professionals over insider theft of corporate information over the coming 12 to 18 months rose by nearly two-thirds. Continue reading

July 2016 Employment Situation Report Shows 255,000 Jobs Added in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July 2016 while both the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons remained essentially unchanged at 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants about Salary History before Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan pay equity bill – S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity – to prevent wage discrimination on the basis of gender.  The new law also prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer. S.2119 will take effect on July 1, 2018 for employers and employees in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Santa Clara County Court Officials Detail Possible Impact of Strike by Hundreds of Clerks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A statement released by Santa Clara County (California) Court Officials details how the courts might be impacted by a planned strike by hundreds of court clerks on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, according to a document available on The San Jose Mercury News website. Continue reading

Security Added to Rio Olympic Games Days before Opening Ceremonies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The total number of security officers deployed for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5, 2016, to August 21, 2016, has increased significantly just days before the opening ceremonies, according to a report from CNN. Continue reading

Ohio Paying Nearly $11 Million to Replace Criminal Background Check System

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded a $10.8 million contract using money allocated by lawmakers in the state capital budget to replace the state’s “broken” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch. Continue reading