Tag Archives: Trends

Report Makes Case for Federal Ban the Box Initiative

Ban the Box Blogs

 Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A January 2015 report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) – ‘Advancing a Federal Fair Chance Hiring Agenda: Background Check Reforms in Over 100 Cities, Counties & States Pave the Way for Presidential Action’ – makes the case for a federal Ban the Box initiative to ensure federal agencies and federal contractors create job opportunities for qualified people with criminal records. The report is available for download at http://www.nelp.org/page/content/Federal-Fair-Chance-Hiring-Agenda/. Continue reading

Webinar Reveals Top Background Check Trends for 2015

Background Check Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – presented a complimentary webinar hosted by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen titled “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015” on January 21, 2015. The webinar featured emerging and influential trends in the background check industry selected by Rosen himself. To view a recording of this hour long webinar, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4717391231297676801. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Background Checks

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against Michaels Stores Inc. alleges the craft supply retailer “neglected to properly inform job applicants that the company regularly performed background checks on potential employees during the application process” in violation of state and federal consumer protection laws, according to a report from TopClassActions.com. The full story is at http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/45583-michaels-hit-background-check-class-action-lawsuit/. Continue reading

Webinars on Top Background Check Trends for 2015

Background Check  Expert Attorney Lester Rosen

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present two webinars titled the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015’ on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 and Thursday, January 22, 2015. For information about the “ESR Speaks” schedule, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/ESR-Speaks/. Continue reading

Paramount Class Action Lawsuit Alleges FCRA Violations

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit claims Paramount Pictures Corporation improperly performed consumer reports for employment purposes in alleged violation of federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to TopClassActions.com. The FCRA regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information including credit reports. The full story is available at http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/47331-lawsuit-paramount-illegally-obtains-applicants-credit-reports/. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Present Webinar for Top Ten Background Check Trends in 2015

Background Check News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – will present a complimentary webinar hosted by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015 on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The webinar will take place from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time. To register for this webinar, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3656006267617568513. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Reveals Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015

ESR Background Check Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has revealed the 8th Annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015 selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. As in 2014, the “Ban the Box” movement that eliminates criminal record questions on initial job applications to give ex-offenders a fair chance when looking for work has again topped the list. A complete list of all of the trends is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Ban the Box Laws that Go Overboard May Hurt Ex-Offenders and the Unemployed in 2015

Background Check Trends

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Ban the Box laws, which protect ex-offenders from an “early knock out” punch in the hiring process based solely on the early disclosure of a criminal record, will quickly reach a tipping point in the U.S. in 2015. However, when these Ban the Box laws go too far the unintended consequence may well be that such laws actually hurt ex-offenders in the job market and can also hurt individuals who have been left unemployed by the recession. This is trend number 1 on the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) 8th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015.’ For a list of background check trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuits will Continue to Increase Even if No One is Actually Harmed in 2015

Background Check Trends

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Class action lawsuits for federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations will increase in 2015 even if no one is actually harmed. In 2014, an increasing number of FCRA class action lawsuits were filed and were settled for millions of dollars and several more lawsuits were filed. FCRA violations can range from not making legally required disclosures to not following proper “adverse action” procedures. This trend is number 2 on the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) 8th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015.’ For a list of background check trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Employment Laws Will Become More Fragmented as Cities and States Pass Hiring Laws in 2015

 Background Check Trends

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment laws in the United States will become more fragmented as cities and states continue to pass their own laws on hiring in 2015. These new laws will cover a wide variety of areas within the employment screening process including “Ban the Box” laws for job applications, criminal records, privacy on social media, and credit checks. The trend toward localization – particularly on the local, county, or city level – can have the effect of discouraging employers from setting up operations or hiring in places that place an undue burden on doing business. This trend is number 3 on the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) 8th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015.’ For a list of background check trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading