CFPB Settles with Bank for Violating FCRA by Obtaining Consumer Reports without Permissible Purpose

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 6, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the U.S. government agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector that may soon be called the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) – announced a settlement with State Farm Bank for violating the Fair …

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Westchester County in New York Approves Ban the Box Measure to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 3, 2018, the Westchester County Board of Legislators in New York approved a “Ban the Box” measure to ensure that ex-offenders with past criminal records have an opportunity to explain their circumstances when they are looking for work, according to a news story on the Board’s website.

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November 2018 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 155,000 Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 155,000 jobs in November 2018 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent during the month, according to the jobs report for November 2018 released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on Top Background Check Trends for 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen – founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – will host a free live webinar entitled “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2019” on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 11:00 AM …

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Suffolk County in New York Approves Ban on Salary History Questions by Employers to Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Suffolk County, New York legislature has approved the Restrict Information Regarding Salary and Earnings Act (“RISE” Act) that will ban questions by employers about the salary history of job applicants in order to narrow the gender pay gap that exists between men and women in the …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) To Release Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2019

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider – will release the 12th annual “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2019 that feature emerging and influential trends in the background screening industry for the coming year. The complete list of top trends will …

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Former Drivers for Amazon File Lawsuit Claiming Discriminatory Background Check Policy Caused Firings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October 2018, six black and Latino former drivers for Amazon filed a class action lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts that claimed the online retailing giant’s background check policy discriminated against them and allegedly caused them to be fired, according to a report from MassLive.com.

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FTC Hearing Examines Consumer Protection Issues with the Use of Algorithms, AI, and Predictive Analytics

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 13 to 14, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency promoting consumer protection – held the seventh session of its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century to examine competition and consumer protection issues associated with the use …

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Court Skeptical Outside Investigation into Employee Misconduct Constitutes Consumer Report Under FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 31, 2018, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case of Rivera v Allstate Insurance involved a novel question about whether or not an investigation by a third party into employee misconduct could be considered a “consumer report” under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

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Clean Slate Campaign Launched to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records for Reformed Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2018, the Center for American Progress (CAP) – an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans – announced the launching of a national bipartisan Clean Slate Campaign to automate the clearing of criminal records for reformed ex-offenders.

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