Congress Urges President Obama to Ban the Box

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn More than 70 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to “Ban the Box” on job applications and adopt a federal fair chance hiring policy at the federal level, according to a press release on the …

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House Bill 2865 Seeks to Provide Fairness and Accuracy in FBI Criminal Background Checks for Employment

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – ‘H.R. 2865 – Fairness and Accuracy in Employment Background Checks Act of 2013’ – seeks to provide safeguards with respect to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal background checks prepared for employment purposes. The complete text of H.R. 2865 is available at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2865/text.

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Maine Revises State Fair Credit Reporting Act to be More Consistent with Federal FCRA

Maine Governor Paul LePage signed LD 1410 in June of 2013 to update the state’s consumer reporting law by adopting most of the provisions of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 United States Code, Section 1681 et seq., as amended. LD 1410 incorporates the federal fair credit reporting laws into state law while …

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News Reports about Bank Firing Employee for 40 Year Old Shoplifting Charge Do Not Tell Entire Story

Recent news reports about how an employee of Wells Fargo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was fired after a background check uncovered two 40-year-old shoplifting arrests from 1972 when she was 18 do not tell the entire story, according to one safe hiring expert, since there are two avenues that allow applicants and employees with minor offenses …

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Federal and California Background Screening Laws Examined as Safe Hiring Webinar Series Concludes April 4

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar ‘Caution Advised: Complying with Federal and California Law for Pre-employment Screening and How to Avoid Pitfalls and Traps’ on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. The webinar is the last …

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U.S. Supreme Court Ponders Question Whether Employment Background Checks by Government Ever Too Invasive

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A Law Blog on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website asks if there are limits to what the government can ask during background checks for employees of defense contractors and at what point – if any – does a government background check into the drug …

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Defense Department Report on Fort Hood Shooting Calls for More Education about Workplace Violence

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer In the wake of the tragic shooting spree on November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas that took the lives of 13 military personnel and wounded 32 others, the Department of Defense (DoD) is calling for more education about workplace violence as part of its final review of …

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DOT Amends Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug Testing Effective October 1, 2010

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer According to a recently published final rule in the Federal Register, The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is amending procedures for transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs in an effort to create consistency with many new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services …

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New FTC Rules on Employment Verifications Do Not Affect Users of Consumer Reports

By Lester Rosen, President of ESR Some employers may have read about new rules that went into effect July 1, 2010, that potentially affect the accuracy of employment verifications.  For employers concerned about the new rules, the short answer is that it does not affect how and when an employer receives a background report.  It also does …

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All GSA/FSS Contracts Mass Modified to Include E-Verify

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer On June 24, 2010, a mandatory mass modification — or “Mass Mod” — was issued requiring all U.S. General Services Administration/Federal Supply Services (GSA/FSS) contracts to include the most recent standard contract clauses, capture exceptions, and incorporate E-Verify into all contracts, according to the GSA.gov website. E-Verify — a free, …

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