Oregon to Join Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Oregon House and Senate have approved House Bill (HB) 3025 that will Ban the Box and bar most employers in the state from asking applicants about criminal convictions on initial job applications, according to a report in the Portland Tribune. The legislation now heads to Governor Kate Brown for her signature. The text of HB 3025 is available at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3025. (UPDATE: On June 25, 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law House Bill 3025. The new law takes effect January 1, 2016. Read more.) Continue reading

Why Every PI Should Know Background Check Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and licensed Private Investigator (PI) Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be a guest on the radio show “PI’s Declassified” for an episode titled “What Every Private Investigator Needs to Know about the Laws Governing Pre-Employment Screening” on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 9 AM to 10 AM Pacific Time. More information about “PI’s Declassified” is available at http://www.voiceamerica.com/Show/1748/pis-declassified. Continue reading

Nevada Removes Seven Year Reporting Restriction for Convictions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Senate Bill 409 (S.B. 409) which “removes the prohibition against disclosing a record of conviction of a crime which is more than 7 years old, meaning that there is no limitation of time for which such a record may be disclosed.” The text of Nevada SB 409 – which revises the law for preparing background check reports by Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) – is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Nevada-SB409-Enrolled.pdf. Continue reading

Washington State Criminal Records Database Missing Dispositions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Performance Audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office – “Improving the Completeness of Washington’s Criminal History Records Database” – has found that a third of the dispositions reported in the Judicial Information System (JIS) in 2012 were missing from the Washington State Identification System (WASIS). The audit report is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/WA-Criminal-History-Records.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Talks Top Trends

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Background Check Expert Talks Top Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), will present ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends of 2015’ with Clear Law Institute on Monday, June 22nd, 2015, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM, ET. To learn more, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars/top-ten-background-check-trends-of-2015/. Continue reading

New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Sector

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Council has passed a “Ban the Box” bill – Introduction 318-A – Fair Chance Act – that will prevent many private sector employers in the city from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record until after a conditional job offer is made, according to an Associated Press (AP) report on myfoxny.com. AP also reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signaled support and is expected to sign the Ban the Box bill into law (Update: Mayor de Blasio Signs “Fair Chance Act”). Continue reading

Hertz Faces Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court claims Hertz Corporation and the Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) providing background check reports to the rental car giant allegedly “acted willfully in violating the requirements” of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing criminal background checks on job applicants. Continue reading

TSA Fails to Identify 73 Employees with Terrorism Links

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) – ‘TSA Can Improve Aviation Worker Vetting’ – found that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism related category codes because TSA is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related information under current interagency watchlisting policy.” The report is available at https://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2015/OIG_15-98_Jun15.pdf. Continue reading