Verification Services Standards Important for CRAs Seeking PBSA Accreditation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Policies and procedures to ensure maximum possible accuracy when obtaining, recording, and reporting education verifications and employment verifications for their clients are important for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) seeking accreditation by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). The PBSA – a non-profit trade association representing the background …

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Researcher and Data Standards Required for CRAs Seeking PBSA Accreditation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Enforcing high standards for public record researchers that search for court records that include criminal records to ensure they comply with the federal, state, and local laws for background screening is required for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) seeking accreditation by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). The …

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Client Education Necessary for CRAs Seeking PBSA Accreditation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Educating clients about how to understand the information in background check reports, how to protect personal information, and how to comply with legal and regulatory requirements is necessary for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) seeking accreditation by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). The PBSA – a non-profit …

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Legal Compliance Essential for CRAs Seeking PBSA Accreditation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Being well versed in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and numerous state and local laws for background checks to ensure legal compliance when screening job applicants is essential for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) seeking accreditation by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). The PBSA – …

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Information Security Crucial for CRAs Seeking PBSA Accreditation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Having information security safeguards in place to protect against unauthorized users and unwanted intrusions that may cause data breaches that may lead to identity theft and fraud is crucial for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) seeking accreditation by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). The PBSA – a …

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Hearing Examines Proposals to Overhaul Credit Reporting to Achieve Equity

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 29, 2021, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services held a hybrid hearing entitled “A Biased, Broken System: Examining Proposals to Overhaul Credit Reporting to Achieve Equity” on a virtual meeting platform and at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. …

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Statistics Show U.S. has Plenty of Job Openings but Also a Worker Shortage

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The number of job openings in the United States numbered 9.2 million while hires in the country totaled 5.9 million in May 2021, leaving a large gap between labor supply and demand, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) for May 2021 released by …

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Background Check Expert Explains Problems with Michigan DOB Redaction

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Michigan plans to omit personal information from future court records, but the background checking industry says the change will make accurate screening nearly impossible,” according to an article posted on MLive.com that interviewed several background check experts, including screening industry veteran Dawn Standerwick. “Background checkers can’t report …

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Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Portion of Waterloo IA “Ban the Box” Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 18, 2021, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a portion of a “Ban the Box” ordinance known as the “Fair Chance Initiative” passed in Waterloo, Iowa, that restricts when employers may inquire about the criminal history of job applicants but struck down restrictions on what types …

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15 Things General Counsels Should Know About Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of leading global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has written an article about “Things You Should Know About Background Checks” that was originally printed in the July/August 2021 edition of Today’s General Counsel. “If you are …

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