Chicago Public Schools Announces All Adult Workers Will Undergo Background Checks for Rescreening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 15, 2018, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that all adults who regularly work in schools – including CPS employees, coaches, volunteers, and vendors – will undergo background checks for rescreening before school starts for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to a CPS press release. The …

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Samsonite CEO Resigns After Report Accuses Him of Resume Fraud for Falsely Claiming to Have a PhD

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 1, 2018, Ramesh Tainwala, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Samsonite, the world’s largest travel luggage company, resigned from his position citing “personal reasons” only a week after a report from “activist investment firm” Blue Orca Capital accused him of resume fraud for claiming to have a …

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FTC and ED to Host Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Education (ED) will co-host an workshop on “Student Privacy and Ed Tech”  on December 1, 2017, to examine how the FTC’s Rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to schools and intersects with the Family Educational …

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International Diploma Mill Operator Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit Over $5 Million

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Pakistani man who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through a Pakistani company and ordered to forfeit $5,303,020 in addition to the prison term, according to a …

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

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 …

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Client Education Necessary for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Informing clients of legal responsibilities and requirements imposed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state screening laws is necessary for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Employers must learn their legal responsibilities when using background checks for employment purposes. …

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Background Check Expert Says Verification of Educational Credentials is an Important Part of Hiring

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A verification of educational credentials and achievements is an important part of the hiring process since it “tells an employer a great deal about an applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation,” according to a background check expert interviewed for an article posted on the Society for Human Resource Management …

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Harvard Rescinds Admission Offers for Several Students Over Offensive Social Media Postings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Harvard University has rescinded admission offers for at least ten students who would have been part of the Class of 2021 for their “offensive” social media postings after they “traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat,” according to …

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High School Principal Resigns after Student Journalists Question Credentials from Alleged Diploma Mill

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A newly hired principal at Pittsburg High School in Kansas resigned from her job after student journalists uncovered some questionable credentials from an alleged “diploma mill” where people could purchase a degree, diploma, or certificates, according to an article in The Kansas City Star.

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Alleged Diploma Mills Settle FTC Charges of Misleading Consumers with Fake Diplomas

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The operators of two online “high schools” have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled tens of thousands of consumers by falsely claiming to be accredited schools while actually being alleged diploma mills that sold worthless fake diplomas, according to a press release …

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