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…

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).

Many Universities Still Ask Student Applicants about Criminal History despite Growth of Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Despite the rapid growth of “Ban the Box” laws in America that remove questions about criminal history from job applications to help ex-offenders find work, many U.S. universities continue to ask student applicants about their criminal history as “a necessary security precaution,” according to a report from…

EEOC Issues Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) which reported significant increases in outreach efforts and enforcement actions to prevent and remedy…

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Named to 2018 HRO Today Magazine Baker’s Dozen for Top Pre-Employment Screening Services

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has been named to the 2018 HRO Today Magazine Baker’s Dozen for Top Pre-Employment Screening Services (PDF). ESR was ranked top Midsize Program Pre-employment Screening Size of Deal Leader and recognized as a Midsize Program Pre-employment Screening Leader…

Worker Accused of Illegally Downloading Employee Data Shows Need for Unauthorized Browsing Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Chicago Public Schools (CPS) worker was fired from her job and charged with computer tampering and four felony counts of identity theft for illegally downloading personal data of CPS employees without permission, The Chicago Tribune reports. This incident shows the need for an “Unauthorized Browsing” policy.