Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that plaintiffs must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The fact that employers are still targeted in lawsuits …Continue reading "FCRA Class Action Lawsuits Will Continue to Target Employers Performing Background Checks in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect as the primary law regulating how companies protect the personal data of citizens in the European Union (EU). The need for U.S. companies to comply with GDPR privacy rules when performing international background screening in the …Continue reading "New Data Protection Regulations for European Union will Elevate Privacy Rules for International Screening in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2015 Contingent Work Supplement (CWS) survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated the “extended workforce” – workers with non-traditional employer-employee relationships – could be “more than a third of the total employed labor force.” The need for employers to properly screen the expanding extended workforce …Continue reading "Background Checks of Growing Extended Workforce Will Be More in Demand by Employers in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017, nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a massive data breach incident had impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country – a number that grew to include 145.5 million people in the U.S. The need for background screening firms to ensure …Continue reading "Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 26, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump officially declared “the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law” and directed executive agencies “to fight the opioid crisis” during a speech at the White House. The growing awareness of an opioid crisis in America by employers …Continue reading "Opioid Crisis in America Will Lead to More Advanced Drug Testing for Opiates by Employers in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states in the U.S. have passed laws that seek to strengthen the background checks of drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to ensure the safety and security of passengers who use these popular ride-hailing applications. The growing scrutiny over the strength of …Continue reading "Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft Will Face More Scrutiny Over Background Checks in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states and cities in the U.S. have passed legislation prohibiting employers from seeking salary history information about job applicants as part of a “pay equity” movement to narrow the gender wage gap between women and men. This growing restriction on questions about the salary history of applicants by …Continue reading "Salary History Questions by Employers Will Be Restricted as Pay Equity Movement Spreads in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation introduced in Congress in 2017 – “Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 3711) – hopes to make the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system a “mandatory and permanent” requirement for U.S. employers to ensure the workers they hire are legally eligible to work in the United States. This move toward the …Continue reading "E-Verify System Will Move Closer to Becoming Mandatory Requirement for All U.S. Employers in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider – will release the 11th annual “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” of 2018 that features emerging and influential trends in the background screening industry for the coming year during December of 2017. The complete list of trends …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources (ESR) To Release Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Maryland man says his “life is turned upside down because he shares a name and birthdate with a felon” who shows up on his background check report, according to a report from NBC Channel 4 in Washington.Continue reading "Background Check of Man Includes Criminal History of Felon with Same Name and Birthdate"