New Legislation Aims to Reform TSA Employee Screening

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – the Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015 – aims to reform and streamline Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee screening procedures for airport and airline workers, according to a press release from Representative John Katko (New York – 24th District). Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuits Rise Sharply in June 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Fair Credit reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuits rose 26.8 percent from May 2015 to June 2015, and FCRA class action lawsuits rose 67.4 percent in June 2015 over June 2014, according Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Complaint Statistics available on the WebRecon LLC website. Continue reading

Background Check Completion Act Introduced in House of Representatives

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A South Carolina Congressman has introduced the Background Check Completion Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to close a loophole that allowed the purchase of a gun allegedly used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston in June 2015, according to a press release from the office of Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC 6th District). Continue reading

City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report on KAKE.com. Continue reading

Background Check Class Action Lawsuit Settles for 1.75 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A $1.75 million settlement in a class action lawsuit that claimed entertainment chain restaurant Chuck E. Cheese failed to provide job applicants with proper background check disclosures was granted preliminary approval by a California federal judge, according to a report on TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

FBI Director Says Background Check System Should Have Stopped Gun Purchase by Alleged South Carolina Church Shooter

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check system should have stopped the alleged killer of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina from purchasing the gun he allegedly used in the shootings, according to a statement by FBI Director James Comey. Continue reading

ESR’s Hudson Tree to Speak at HR Star San Francisco Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will be exhibiting at the 2015 San Francisco HR Star Conference held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The conference will include a session on “Top Background Check Trends for 2015” presented by Hudson Tree, Director of Strategic Partnerships for ESR, a nationwide background check firm located in the San Francisco, CA-area. Continue reading

Background Check Data Breach Affects 21.5 Million People

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that sensitive information including Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for 21.5 million people was compromised in a database breach involving the background check records of current, former, and prospective Federal employees and contractors. Information about the OPM background check database incident will be updated regularly at https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity/. Continue reading

New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies Background Check Clearances

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1276 to help clarify the state’s new law regarding background check clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children. A copy of Pennsylvania HB 1276, which takes effect immediately, is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/PennsylvaniaHouseBill1276.pdf. Continue reading

Uber and Lyft Face FCRA Class Action Lawsuits

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two class action lawsuits filed against Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. claim the ride sharing technology companies violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), and the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA) by allegedly not providing clear background check disclosures to job applicants, according to a report on TopClassActions.com. Continue reading