Tag Archives: Background Checks

Uber Faces Class Action Lawsuit Claiming Assaults by Drivers Due to Allegedly Inadequate Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Uber Technologies, Inc. – a leading global Transportation Network Company (TNC) – faces a class action lawsuit from two anonymous women who claim that as passengers they were sexually assaulted by two Uber drivers due in part to the TNC allegedly “using low cost, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers.” Continue reading

Texas Church Shooting Suspect Passed Gun Background Check Despite Military Court-Martial for Assault

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Updated November 7, 2017)

The deceased suspect in a mass shooting in a Texas church that left 26 people dead and 20 others wounded – which Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called “the largest mass shooting” in the state’s history – passed a background check required to purchase the rifle allegedly used in the shooting despite being “court-martialed in 2012 for assault on his spouse and assault on their child,” according to a report from CNN. Continue reading

Maryland Rejects Nearly 15 Percent of Drivers Who Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has indicated that “nearly 15 percent of new ride-hail drivers” were removed from apps over the past six months for failing state mandated screening “despite having passed Uber and Lyft’s background checks,” according to a report by The Washington Post. Continue reading

Retail Giant Walmart Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations with Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Walmart faces a class action lawsuit that claims the retail giant allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California law by using unauthorized background checks on job applicants and employees without properly obtaining legal authorization, according to a Top Class Actions report. Continue reading

Family of Murder Victim Files Lawsuit Against Property Owner and Former Employer of Suspect Over Lack of Background Check


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The family of a murder victim has filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois that claims the property owner and the former employer of a suspect in the death of a Chicago-area woman are partially at fault due to a background check on the suspect that lawyers say was never completed, according to a news report from NBC 5 in Chicago, IL. Continue reading

Some Common Job Applicant Fears about Background Checks Unfounded


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help calm nerves job applicants have about background checks done by employers,  an article on job website Monster.com – “Employment background check guide for job applicants” – compared common fears against the facts and featured background check experts such as Dawn Standerwick, Chair of the Board of Directors at the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Ban the Box and Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a webinar for Business & Legal Resources (BLR) entitled “Ban the Box and Background Checks Update: How to Effectively Pre-Screen Prospective Job Candidates and Stay Within the Law” on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific. To register for this event, click here. Continue reading

Study Finds Ban the Box Policies Increase Odds of Public Sector Employment for Ex-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study released in January of 2017 entitled “Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment” has found that Ban the Box policies that remove criminal history questions from applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process increased the odds of public sector employment for those job applicants with criminal records by close to 40 percent. This study may be downloaded here. Continue reading

Measuring Past Performance When Hiring Can Create Accurate Outlook for Potential Future Success


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

While some businesses believe an applicant’s potential for future success is more important than their past experience when hiring, a background check expert explains that “measures of past performance can create an accurate outlook for future performance,” according to the article entitled “What’s More Important When Hiring: Future Potential or Past Performance?” posted on the Talent Economy website. Continue reading

Appeals Court Finds No Concrete Injury in FCRA Lawsuit Over Incorrect Information on Credit Report


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided in Dreher v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., et al that the plaintiff’s claim that Experian violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by listing a defunct company on his credit report – thus denying him access to information to which he was entitled – failed to establish a “concrete injury” under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading