Class Action Lawsuit against Major National Online Retailer Underscores Need to Comply with the FCRA

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Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

In a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle on April 7, 2015, a major national online retailer and a staffing firm that provides workers have been sued in a class action lawsuit alleging that the defendants failed to comply with the adverse action notice requirements of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) where employment was denied due to a past criminal matter. Continue reading

Fake Diploma Mills Cost Students Real Money

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Phony diploma mills that use “slick websites” and claim to be “nationally accredited” to lure honest students looking to improve themselves through education only offer certificates costing hundreds of dollars that “are not worth the paper they are printed on,” according to a report from ABC Action News WFTS in Tampa Bay, Florida. Continue reading

Reference Checking and Education Verification Webinar on April 14

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 3:00 PM ET to 4:15 PM ET. For more information, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars-and-seminars/legal-effective-reference-checking-education-verification/. Continue reading

Apple Bans Construction Workers with Criminal Records from Building New Campus

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several construction workers hired to help build a new campus in Cupertino, California for tech giant Apple were let go from their jobs in January because of prior felony criminal convictions, according to a report from The San Francisco Chronicle. (UPDATE: An Apple spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News the company has lifted the requirement that people convicted of felonies in the past seven years could not work on the Cupertino construction project. Read the full story at ‘Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for construction work’.) Continue reading

Virginia to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed Executive Order 41 to “Ban the Box” and remove questions about the criminal history of applicants from state job applications, according to a news release on the Governor’s website. The Order also makes clear that the criminal history of state job applicants shall not be a determining factor in employment decisions unless the criminal history of state job applicants bears specific relation to the job for which they are being considered. Continue reading

March Jobs Report: 126,000 Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 126,000 jobs in March while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MARCH 2015’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent jobs report is at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

IRS Warns Taxpayers about Phone Scams

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the tax filing deadline of Wednesday, April 15, 2015 less than two weeks away, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers not to be fooled by phone scams using fake names, bogus IRS badge numbers, and altered caller IDs to make it appear the IRS is calling and asking for money. These scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, and license revocation among other threats over the phone. Continue reading

March ADP Employment Report Shows 189,000 Jobs Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 189,000 jobs from February to March led by growth in small business, according to the March 2015 ADP National Employment Report® (NER). The complete employment report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2015/March/NER/NER-March-2015.aspx. Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Against Paramount Pictures Dismissed

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A U.S. District Judge has granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss in the class action lawsuit that claimed Paramount violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirement for disclosure of consumer reports. A copy of the ‘Order Granting Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss’ is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Peikoff-v-Paramount-Pictures_Order-Granting-Defendant-Motion-to-Dismiss.pdf. Continue reading

NCHRA Webinar on Background Checks Scheduled for April 10

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) has scheduled an online webinar titled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to12:00 p.m. The webinar will be hosted by Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm located in the San Francisco, California-area. To register for the webinar, visit http://www.nchra.org/events/event_details.asp?id=588606&group. Continue reading