Tag Archives: Background Checks

JPMorgan Chase Granted Summary Judgment in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has granted JPMorgan Chase a summary judgment motion in a class action lawsuit that claimed the banking and financial services company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when obtaining Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks, according to an article on the website of international law firm Troutman Sanders LLP. Continue reading

EEOC Holds Meeting on Use of Big Data in Background Checks for Employment Decisions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – is being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks, according to an EEOC press release. Continue reading

DOJ and EEOC Report Finds Background Checks Can Be Barrier to Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have released a comprehensive report entitled “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement” that examines many promising practices as well as possible barriers – including criminal background checks – in recruitment, hiring, and retention for advancing diversity in law enforcement. Continue reading

New California Law Requires Stricter Background Checks on Transportation Network Company Drivers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will take effect January 1, 2017 – Assembly Bill (AB 1289) – and require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to conduct stricter background checks on their drivers or else face a fine up to $5,000 for each violation of the law. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Co-Present Session on Background Checks at 2016 AELC Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will co-present a session on workplace security and background checks at the 2016 American Employment Law Council (AELC) Conference taking place from October 19, 2016, to October 22, 2016, at The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen Reviews Best Practices for Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a 90 minute audio conference for HRTrainingCenter.com entitled “Background Checks and Safe Hiring: Trends, Legal Developments, and Best Practices” on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Noon Pacific Time. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Director of Gaming Solutions Marcy Montellano to Speak at National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Marcy Montellano, Director of Gaming Solutions for global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a workshop entitled “Social Media and Background Screening: Is it Right for Your Commission?” at the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGCR) Fall 2016 Conference taking place at the Seneca Niagara Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, New York, from Tuesday, September 20, 2016, to Thursday, September 22, 2016. A brochure for the NTGCR Fall 2016 Conference describes Montellano’s presentation in the following way: Continue reading

Michigan Courthouse Shooter with Criminal Record Passed Background Checks as School Volunteer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In a story that shows “how” background checks are performed is just as important as “if” they are performed, an inmate who shot and killed two bailiffs and wounded two others during an escape attempt at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan on July 11, 2016, was also a volunteer at a nearby elementary school where he passed two background checks that did not uncover his long criminal record, the WZZM Channel 13 Watchdog Team reports. Continue reading

FBI Fingerprinting Background Checks of Uber Drivers Central Theme of Regulatory Battle

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and state criminal history repositories that require fingerprinting “are now a central theme of the regulatory battle” for regulation of drivers for the on-demand ride-hailing service provider Uber, according to a blog on The Huffington Post website. Continue reading

NAPBS Submits Comments to OPM on Proposed Revisions to Federal Agency Hiring Practices

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – which currently represents more than 750 member companies engaged in employment and tenant background screening across the United States – has submitted comments in response to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) request for comment on its proposed rule concerning revisions to federal agency hiring practices. Continue reading