EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance with More Questions about Vaccinations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 13, 20201, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated and expanded its guidance titled “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” by adding more questions that may arise under the federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) …

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Michigan Bill Requires DOB on Court Records to Help Background Check Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 5, 2021, House Bill 5368 was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives and would require date of birth (DOB) to be included in publicly accessible personal identifying information (PII) on court records to ensure background check firms may continue to report criminal records to …

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DHS Orders ICE to Cease Mass Worksite Enforcement Operations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum titled “Worksite Enforcement: The Strategy to Protect the American Labor Market, the Conditions of the American Worksite, and the Dignity of the Individual” that, among other things, ordered the U.S. Immigration and Customs …

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“Great Resignation” Sees Record 4.3 Million Workers Quit Jobs in August 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A record-high 4.3 million workers in the United States quit their jobs as part of the “Great Resignation” in August 2021, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which represents the highest monthly total since …

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Background Check Expert Explains How COVID-19 Affected Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “At a time when workers are in demand and seemingly in short supply, the background check process has been creating a bottleneck in the workforce supply chain,” according to an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, because “COVID-19, and the resulting health and safety restrictions, slowed down much …

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PBSA and HR.com Release Fifth Annual Survey of Background Screening Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – a non-profit trade group representing background screening firms worldwide – and HR.com’s HR Research Institute (HRRI) have released their 5th annual survey of Human Resources (HR) professionals entitled “Background Screening: Trends in the U.S. and Abroad” to identify and examine …

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September 2021 Jobs Report Shows Only 194,000 Jobs Were Added in Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Total nonfarm employment in the United States rose by only 194,000 jobs in September 2021 – a disappointing figure since job growth had averaged 561,000 jobs per month so far this year – while the unemployment rate declined to 4.8 percent, according to the monthly jobs report …

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Orange County FL Adopts “Ban the Box” Policy to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Job seekers applying for work with the Orange County, Florida, government “will no longer have to disclose prior criminal convictions at the beginning of the application process” thanks to a “Ban the Box” hiring policy adopted by officials to improve access to employment for ex-offenders, according to …

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Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Live Webinar about Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled “Background Checks: Best Practices, Trends, and Legal Compliance” from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 23, 2021. …

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FCRA Case Ruling Clarifies “Clear and Conspicuous” Disclosures and Willfulness

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In August of 2021, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon ruled in the case of Walker v. Fred Meyer, Inc. that alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates background checks for employment purposes and held that the defendant’s …

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