July 2019 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Gained 164,000 Jobs in Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 164,000 jobs in July 2019 while the unemployment was unchanged at 3.7 percent during the month, according to the jobs report for July 2019 released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The July 2019 jobs report showed …

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FINRA Fines Citigroup Global Markets $1.25 Million for Failing to Conduct Adequate Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 29, 2019, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) – which regulates brokerage firms doing business with the public in the U.S. – announced it had fined Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (CGMI) $1.25 million for failing to conduct timely or adequate background checks on more than 10,000 …

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Employers May Consider Ex-Offenders and People Recovering from Substance Use Disorders in Hiring Crunch

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With “an estimated 23.5 million adults in recovery from substance use disorder and 5 million people who were formerly incarcerated” – along with a historically low unemployment rate causing a hiring crunch in a tight job market – employers that need workers may consider these two previously …

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New York Passes SHIELD Act to Protect New Yorkers Against Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 25, 2019, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act or SHIELD Act (S.5575B/A.5635) into law to protect New Yorkers against data breaches by imposing stronger obligations on businesses handling private customer data to provide proper notification …

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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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CFPB and FTC Announce $700 Million Settlement with Equifax Over 2017 Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 22, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico announced a settlement with Equifax that will provide up to $700 million in monetary relief and penalties for a data breach in …

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OSHA to Show Importance of Workplace Safety During Safe + Sound Week from August 12 to 18

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will help businesses and organizations nationwide recognize the importance and successes of workplace safety and health programs during Safe + Sound Week from August 12th to 18th, 2019, according to an OSHA news release. Safe …

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FTC Imposes Historic $5 Billion Penalty and Sweeping Privacy Restrictions on Facebook

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 24, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer – imposed a historic $5 billion penalty and sweeping privacy restrictions on Facebook, Inc. to hold the company accountable for decisions made about the privacy of users, according to …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at 2019 NAPBS Annual Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about “Becoming an Expert or Expert Witness in Background Screening” during the 2019 National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Annual Conference that will be held …

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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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