North Carolina Second Chance Act Expands Who Qualifies for Expungements

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on June 25, 2020, the North Carolina Second Chance Act (Senate Bill 562) is a new law that took effect on December 1, 2020, and will expand who may qualify for expungements – the process by which a criminal record …

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Columbus and Dayton Sue Ohio AG for “Deficient” Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In November 2020, Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, and the city of Dayton filed a lawsuit that claimed a division of the state attorney general’s (AG) office failed to report criminal conviction information into state and federal background check databases that left them “dangerously deficient,” Courthouse News Service …

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Better Business Bureau (BBB) Offers Tips for Shopping on Cyber Monday

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Cyber Monday, the Monday following Black Friday, is one of the top shopping days of the year for online shoppers. But online shopping has risks, so the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering tips to help Cyber Monday shoppers achieve savings and keep personal information secure, according …

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Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Sue Ex-Employer for Technical Violation of FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 1, 2020, a United States District Court judge found that a plaintiff lacked standing to sue a former employer for conducting a background check when she was hired and that a technical violation of disclosure requirements under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) did …

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Better Business Bureau (BBB) Offers Tips on Avoiding Holiday Season Job Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Since retailers and shippers traditionally hire seasonal workers to fulfill the demands of holiday shoppers whether they are online or in person, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering job seekers some tips to make the seasonal job hunt more successful while “watching out for a job …

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Identity Theft, Fraud, and Data Breaches Affect Consumers During Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn More than eight in ten consumers – 86 percent – were the victim of identity theft, credit/debit card fraud, or data breaches in 2020, increasing from 80 percent in 2019, while over half – 51 percent – also experienced a rise in phishing activity during the Coronavirus …

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CFPB To Maintain Credit Reporting Guidance Relaxing FCRA Dispute Deadlines

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In a letter dated November 9, 2020, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger told the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) the CFPB would maintain guidance issued in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that eased dispute deadlines under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). “I …

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DHS Extends Flexible Form I-9 Rules Until December 31 Due to Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend the flexibility in complying with rules for Form I-9 compliance due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – set to expire on November 19, 2020 – until December 31, 2020, …

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EEOC Secured $535 Million for Workplace Discrimination Victims in FY 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – an agency advancing opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – published its annual Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Agency Financial Report that showed the EEOC secured a record amount of recovery …

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Montgomery County MD Enacts Bill to Expand Scope of “Ban the Box” Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 10, 2020, the Montgomery County Council in Maryland unanimously enacted Bill 35-20, Human Rights and Civil Liberties – Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards – Amendments to expand the scope of a “Ban the Box” law the County passed in 2014, according to a press release …

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