Survey Finds 96 Percent of Employers Conduct Background Screening


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A nationwide survey sponsored by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has found that nearly all of the employers surveyed – 96 percent – stated that their organizations conducted one or more types of employment background screening. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Top 10 Background Check Trends


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar sponsored by Clear Law Institute entitled ‘Top 10 Background Check Trends for 2017’ on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. Continue reading

Three More States Join E-Verify RIDE Program Beginning July 31


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Arizona, Maryland, and Wyoming became the latest states to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) program beginning on July 31, 2017. These three states join Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin in the RIDE program. Continue reading

TSA Announces New Screening Procedures for Electronic Devices at U.S. Airports


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced plans to start new domestic screening procedures in the next few weeks for carry-on luggage at airports nationwide where “passengers traveling through every U.S. airport will be required to put all electronic devices larger than a cellphone in a separate bin during security screening,” according to a national press release from the TSA. Continue reading

Fair Chance Act Rules from New York City Commission on Human Rights Take Effect August 5


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) – which enforces New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) – has amended rules to establish definitions and procedures applying to the Fair Chance Act (FCA) that took effect in October of 2015 to amend the NYCHRL provisions regarding unlawful discrimination on the basis of criminal history against job applicants and employees, and applicants for licenses, registrations, and permits. The rules take effect August 5, 2017. Continue reading

University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging qualified ex-offenders from applying to work at the universities, according to a news report on the UC website. Continue reading

Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Statistics released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout reveal the number of data breaches in the U.S. tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to an ITRC press release. At this pace, ITRC anticipates the number of data breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017, a 37 percent increase over 2016, when data breaches reached an all-time record high of 1,093. Continue reading

Massachusetts Court Rules Employers Cannot Fire Employees Using Medical Marijuana for Positive Drug Tests


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that employers cannot fire employees with prescriptions for medical marijuana – the use of which voters in the state approved in 2012 – simply for flunking drug tests and even though marijuana is still illegal to use under federal law. Continue reading

San Francisco Passes Parity in Pay Ordinance to Prohibit Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 19, 2017, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed into law legislation that was passed the city’s Board of Supervisors called the “Parity in Pay Ordinance” to prohibit employers in the City by the Bay from asking job applicants about their salary history or from considering earnings information in determining whether to hire an applicant and what salary to offer them. The ordinance takes effect July 1, 2018. Continue reading