FINRA Launches Enhanced Process for Financial Background Checks of Brokers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Beginning on July 9, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) started to perform financial background checks that include a public records review within 15 calendar days after a firm applies to register an individual with FINRA to enhance the quality of information about individual brokers available …

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Westchester County NY Ban on Salary History Questions by Employers Takes Effect on July 9

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 10, 2018 – Equal Pay Day – Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed the Wage History Anti-Discrimination Law to ban employers from asking about the salary history of applicants on applications or during interviews to prevent the perpetuation of the gender wage gap. The law …

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June 2018 Employment Situation Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 213,000 Jobs During Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 213,000 jobs in June 2018 while the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent during the month, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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North Carolina Expands Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders While Reducing Risks for Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 25, 2018, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill (HB) 774 which broadens the situations in which individuals convicted of a crime may petition for a “Certificate of Relief” and helps reduce the risks employers may face when hiring ex-offenders. HB 774 takes effect …

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Governor Brown Signs California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 into Law in Response to Recent Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a comprehensive internet privacy and data breach protection bill called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (Assembly Bill 375), according to a press release on the website of Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), one of the authors …

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NAPBS Survey Reveals 95 Percent of Employers Conducting Employment Background Screening in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has released the results of its second annual background screening survey of Human Resources (HR) professionals that revealed 95 percent of employers said their organization is conducting employment background screening in 2018.

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Employment Screening Resources to Co-Sponsor Form I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Webinar on July 26

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) will co-sponsor a webinar entitled “Managing Form I-9 Compliance in an Era of Enhanced Workforce Enforcement” presented by HR software technology company EMP Trust and featuring speaker and author Gloria Aitken, an analyst with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration …

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Oklahoma Voters Approve Initiative to Legalize Use of Medical Marijuana

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 26, 2018, voters in Oklahoma approved an initiative – State Question 788 (SQ 788) – that will legalize the use of medical marijuana. Oklahoma is now one of 30 states that permit medical marijuana usage in America. However, the use of marijuana for any purpose …

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New York Issues Regulation to Protect New Yorkers from Data Breaches at Credit Reporting Agencies

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 25, 2018, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a final regulation to protect New Yorkers from the threat of data breaches at credit reporting agencies such as the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal …

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Two Arizona Laws Addressing Data Breaches and Hiring Ex-Offenders Take Effect on July 21

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law two pieces of legislation that will affect most employers in the state when they both take effect on July 21, 2018. House Bill 2154 (HB 2154) will give employers updated guidance and notice procedures when dealing with …

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