Judge Approves Proposed $1.3 Million Settlement for Alleged FCRA Violations with Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In August 2018, a California federal judge preliminarily approved a proposed $1.3 million class action lawsuit settlement against an American company working in the healthcare industry for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law caused by the company’s background check authorization …

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Furniture Retailer Reaches Agreement with EEOC to Revise Criminal Background Check Procedures

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 24, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – reached an agreement with furniture retailer Rooms To Go to implement revised criminal background check policies to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights …

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Background Check Expert to Speak about Biggest Hiring Pitfalls at 2018 HR Comply California

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), will present a session entitled “Today’s Biggest Hiring Pitfalls: California Background Checks, Ban-the-Box, Salary History Inquiries, and More” during 2018 HR Comply California on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from …

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Chicago Public Schools Announces Background Check Results of Rescreening of Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has conducted a background check on each of its 43,332 active school-based and central office employees and 97.9 percent cleared their rescreening and have returned to work on for 2018-2019 school year, according to a statement from CPS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) …

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Amendment to San Francisco Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Ordinance Takes Effect October 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April 2018, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an amendment to a Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that restricts the ability of employers to ask about the criminal records of applicants and employees to align the FCO with California Assembly …

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CFPB Issues Updated FCRA Model Disclosures

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 12, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – also known as the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) and the United States government agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector – issued an interim final rule updating two model disclosures to reflect …

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Survey Reveals Lies on a Resume can Cost Applicants a Job Offer

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nearly all employers – 97 percent – admit that discovering lies on a resume would cause them to reconsider or even immediately dismiss a job candidate, according to a survey on resume fraud conducted by professional resume-writing and career advice service TopResume.

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Report Finds Criminal Records Can Create Obstacles for Ex-Offenders in California

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nearly eight in ten Californians with a criminal conviction have experienced barriers to success after serving time and an estimated 8 million Californians – or 1 in 5 people in the state – are subject to over 4,800 restrictions imposed on ex-offenders, according to a report entitled “Repairing …

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CFPB Issues Interim Final Rule that Requires Inclusion of New Notice in Summary of FCRA Rights

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 12, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the United States government agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector – issued an interim final rule to be effective on September 21, 2018, that requires a new notice of rights to be included …

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Hurricane Florence Causing Court Closures in Southeastern United States

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated 9/13/2018 10:45 AM PT) Hurricane Florence – a powerful hurricane expected to make landfall in the southeastern United States early on Friday, September 14, 2018 – is the first major storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season and is causing several court closures in the Carolinas, …

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