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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CFPB Announces Settlement with Debt Collector for Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 12, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with a non-bank Illinois-based debt collector that specializes in collecting debt on behalf of telecommunications companies and furnishes information to Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) to address alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting …

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FCRA Expert Attorney Larry Henry Has Served Screening Industry for 40 Years

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has written an article available on LinkedIn Pulse chronicling the 40-year career in the screening industry of Attorney Larry Henry, a noted expert on the Fair Credit Reporting Act …

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Unemployment Rate for Veterans Dropping During Recovery from Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The October 2020 jobs report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed the unemployment rate for veterans saw a sizable drop during the month and may be a sign that some of the economic effects of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic “may be softening,” …

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Arkansas Supreme Court Rules in PBSA Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 5, 2020, the Arkansas Supreme Court released its opinion on a lawsuit filed by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) in 2018 against a Clerk of the District Court in Benton County, Arkansas, that upheld a Circuit Court Judge’s decision requiring that clerk to release …

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Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on EEOC Criminal Record Guidance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled “Legally Obtaining and Using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and Ban the Box” hosted by Human Resources (HR) training …

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October 2020 Jobs Report Shows 638,000 Jobs Added in Coronavirus Recovery

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 638,000 jobs while the unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point to 6.9 percent in October 2020, improvements reflecting the resumption of economic activity curtailed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics …

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California Proposition 22 Passes to Keep Uber and Lyft Drivers as Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 3, 2020, “California Proposition 22, the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative” was approved by voters in the state to allow app-based ride-hailing and delivery services such as Uber and Lyft to keep classifying their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. A …

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EEOC Enters into Revised Memorandum of Understanding with DOJ and DOL

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 3, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that will amend procedural rules to enhance …

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Audit Finds Utah Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) Failed to Reduce Recidivism

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A “Performance Audit of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative” report to the Utah Legislature released in October 2020 revealed that despite the passage of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) to reduce the number of people sent to prison and those who re-offend, the audit found rates of “recidivism” …

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