SHRM “Getting Talent Back to Work” Initiative Helps Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Find Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 27, 2019, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the world’s largest HR professional society representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries – announced the launch of the SHRM Getting Talent Back to Work national initiative that champions the hiring of ex-offenders with criminal records, …

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January 2019 Jobs Report Shows 304,000 Jobs Added to U.S. Economy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 304,000 jobs in January 2019 while the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent during the month, according to the January 2019 jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Uber Driver Background Checks Under Scrutiny After Driver Arrested by Police in Middle of Ride

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Uber driver background checks are under scrutiny after a “terrifying ride” experienced by a North Carolina woman in December 2018 where her Uber driver was arrested mid-ride by Police and charged with impersonating an officer, according to a report from WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

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Background Check Expert Tells SHRM Employers Should Be Careful with Social Media Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers are ramping up their use of social media screening in 2019 but they must ensure that these searches protect the privacy of job applicants, according to a background check expert interviewed for an article – the first in a two-part series – from the Society for …

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E-Verify Resumes Operations after Partial Government Shutdown Ends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification service has resumed operations after being unavailable for over a month due to a lapse in federal funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that caused the longest United States federal government shutdown in history that lasted from December 22, 2018, …

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Report Finds FCRA Lawsuits Have Increased on Annual Basis Since 2011

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Consumer complaints involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) reached 4,531 in 2018, and have risen in number every year since 2011, making the FCRA the only consumer statute that has continued to increase in lawsuits filed, according to the latest report from WebRecon CEO Jack …

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Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Hiring Hacks Webinar on February 11

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a free background check webinar sponsored by Glassdoor entitled “13 Hiring Hacks in 30 Minutes” on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 10:00 to 10:30 pm PST.

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What U.S. City Has Highest Marijuana Positivity Rate in Drug Tests? The Answer Will Surprise You.

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn States with the highest marijuana positivity rates in employment drug tests do not necessarily contain the cities with the highest marijuana positivity rates, and a city where marijuana is not even legalized for medical or recreational use surprisingly led all cities in marijuana positivity rates, according to data …

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Google Fined Nearly $57 Million for Alleged Violations of EU GDPR

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 21, 2019, France’s National Data Protection Commission (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés or CNIL) imposed a financial penalty of €50 million euros – nearly $57 million U.S. dollars – against Google LLC for an alleged lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding …

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Delaware Court Confirms State Medical Marijuana Law Not Preempted by Federal Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 17, 2018, a Delaware state court in the case of Chance v. Kraft Heinz Foods Company upheld an employment claim brought by medical marijuana user and confirmed that the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not preempt the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act (DMMA).

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