Tag Archives: Georgia

Hurricane Irma Closes Courts in Florida


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated September 18, 2017)

Federal courthouses in Southern Florida are reopening after closures caused by Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10, 2017, according to the United States Courthouse website. Federal courthouses in Key West, Florida, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands remain closed until further notice. Continue reading

Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 367 (SB 367) to advance comprehensive reform for offenders entering, proceeding through, and leaving the criminal justice system to promote their successful reentry into society, benefit the public, and enact reforms recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, according to a press release on the Office of the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Georgia Law Taking Effect July 1 Offers FCRA Protections


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective July 1, 2015, a new law in Georgia – House Bill 328 (HB 328) – will enact similar protections offered to consumers under Section 613 of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The text of Georgia HB 328 is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/GeorgiaHB328.pdf. Continue reading

Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an Executive Order that will make Georgia the 14th state to Ban the Box. Job applicants will no longer be required to disclose their criminal histories on job applications for state jobs. A copy of the Executive Order is available at https://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/ Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Class Action Lawsuit BlogsA class action lawsuit filed in a Georgia federal court against Home Depot alleges the home improvement company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by performing background checks without notifying employees and job applicants and failing to give them copies of the background checks before taking actions against them based on the information in the reports. A TopClassActions.com article about the class against lawsuit is available at http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/33565-home-depot-hit-employee-background-check-class-action-lawsuit/. Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Class Action Lawsuit BlogsA Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuit filed in a Georgia federal court alleges that a rent-to-own retailer ran background checks and credit reports on employees and job applicants without providing copies of the reports and took adverse employment action against applicants and employees without giving them access to the reports or informing them of their rights under the FCRA. A copy of the Complaint is available at http://thejordanfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1-main.pdf. Continue reading

New Georgia Law Helps Ex-Offenders Find Jobs and Protects Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogGeorgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 365 (SB 365) to help rehabilitated offenders successfully re-enter society by removing barriers to employment and making it easier for employers to hire ex-offenders, reduce recidivism and create jobs. The text of SB 365, which also offers protection for employers hiring ex-offenders, is at http://gov.georgia.gov/documents/sb-365. Continue reading

Government Shutdown Making Employers in States with E-Verify Laws Nervous to Hire New Workers

Employers in states such as Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and North Carolina with mandatory E-Verify usage laws for most or all businesses are nervous about hiring new workers since the electronic employment eligibility verification system became unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began October 1, 2013, according to a report from The Guardian available at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/everify-offline-shutdown-employers-hiring. Continue reading

E-Verify Must Be Used by Most Employers in Georgia and North Carolina by July 1

On July 1, 2013, the final phase of laws passed in Georgia and North Carolina – Georgia House Bill 87, the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” and North Carolina Session Law 2011-263 House Bill 36 – take effect and mandate the use of E-Verify for most private companies in those states. Georgia employers with more than ten employees and North Carolina employers with more than twenty five employees must begin using the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program to check work authorization for all new hires. For more information about E-Verify, visit http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Continue reading