Government Oversight and Enforcement of Accuracy in Background Check Industry to Increase in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn There will be increased governmental oversight and enforcement of the background check industry, with a particular focus on issues involving the accuracy of information contained in background check reports, from federal agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2016. This is the number 1 …

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FCRA Lawsuits Will Continue to Increase in Target Rich Background Screening Environment in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that governs the use of background checks for employment purposes in the United States will continue to increase in 2016 since background screening is a target rich environment even if technical FCRA violations are restricted. This …

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Employers and Human Resources Will Be Bombarded with Meaningless Marketing Buzz around Supposed Disruptive Technology in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers and Human Resources (HR) professionals will be bombarded with meaningless marketing buzz offering new HR technology that promises to disrupt stodgy old industries and radically change outdated business models in 2016. However, these new techniques may largely be without substance. This is the number 4 …

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Background Screening Firms, Human Resources, and Employers Will Be Focused on Legal Compliance and Accuracy in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Due to increased pressure and scrutiny from both the federal government and private attorneys seeking multi-million dollar judgments, background screening firms, human resources (HR) professionals, and employers will be focused on legal compliance and accuracy issues in 2016. This is the number 5 trend selected by …

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Domestic Terrorist Attacks Will Put Social Media Background Checks in the National Spotlight in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Social media background checks that examine online postings by users of popular websites like Facebook and Twitter will be in the national spotlight in 2016 in the United States due to domestic terrorist attacks such as the tragic San Bernardino, California workplace shooting that left 14 people …

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Ban the Box Movement May Reach Tipping Point But Could Also Inadvertently Do More Harm than Good in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The fast spreading Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from job applications and delays such inquiries until later in the hiring process is gaining national acceptance and may reach a tipping point in 2016. However, Ban the Box laws that go too far could …

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Applicant Tracking Solutions Will Review Integrations with Screening Partners to Address Emerging Legal Risks in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Applicant Tracking Solutions (ATS) operators will review ATS integrations with their background screening partners to address emerging legal risks involving areas such as data breaches and litigation over consent forms in previously accepted processes and revise those integrations accordingly in 2016. This is the number 8 …

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Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Should Increase in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The shrinking workforce in the United States, decriminalization of nonviolent crimes, protections against liability for employers willing to hire applicants with criminal records, and the rapidly spreading “Ban the Box” movement will all combine to create more job opportunities for reformed ex-offenders in 2016. This is the …

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Privacy Concerns Will Loom Large Between EU and US in Terms of International Background Checks in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As a result of an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidating the “Safe Harbor” pact that allowed the transfer of personal data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.), privacy concerns will loom large between the EU and U.S. …

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Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper to Help Ex-Offenders Get Back Into Workforce

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global screening firm, has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen titled “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back into the Workforce.” The goal of this whitepaper is to provide helpful insights and suggestions …

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