Screening Industry Veteran Brad Landin To Discuss EEOC Criminal Record Guidance at HR West 2014

Written By Thomas Ahearn

HR West 2014Background screening industry veteran Brad Landin, President of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘New Times, New Rules: The Latest on Criminal Record Guidance’ on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT at the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) HR West® 2014 at Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, CA. For information about HR West 2014, which runs April 28 to 30, 2014, visit http://www.hrwest.org/. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 Reviewed

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Lester Rosen Talks Background Check TrendsAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 60 minute audio conference for AudioSolutionz titled ‘The Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 – What Every Employers Needs to Know’ on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET. For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://www.audiosolutionz.com/hr-compliance-employment/background-check-trends.html. Continue reading

Court Affirms Judgment in EEOC Background Check Case

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EEOCOn April 9, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, et al. The EEOC brought suit against Kaplan claiming that its practice of using credit checks during the hiring process had a disparate impact on African Americans but the Sixth Circuit found the EEOC used flawed methodology when trying to prove credit checks unfairly impacted Black applicants. The ruling is available at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/14a0071p-06.pdf. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mills Sold $5 Million in Fake Degrees

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Diploma MillsA Connecticut man is accused of running so-called “diploma mills” since as early as 2003 that sold $5 million worth of false college degrees around the world. A full report about the suspected diploma mills is available on the NBC Connecticut website at http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/cromwell-diploma-fraud-fake-education-degree-charges-255589041.html. Continue reading

New Georgia Law Helps Ex-Offenders Find Jobs and Protects Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogGeorgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 365 (SB 365) to help rehabilitated offenders successfully re-enter society by removing barriers to employment and making it easier for employers to hire ex-offenders, reduce recidivism and create jobs. The text of SB 365, which also offers protection for employers hiring ex-offenders, is at http://gov.georgia.gov/documents/sb-365. Continue reading

FTC Warns of False Consumer Complaint Emails

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning small businesses that an email with a subject line of “Pending consumer complaint” that falsely states a complaint has been filed against their company is not from the FTC. The FTC advises recipients of the email not to click on any links or attachments in the email since they may install a virus or spyware on the recipient’s computer. More information is available at http://www.ftc.gov//news-events/press-releases/2014/04/ftc-warns-small-businesses-dont-open-email-falsely-claiming-be. Continue reading

Webinar Reviews Fair Credit Reporting Act and Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Lester RosenThe federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates how employers conduct employment screening. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar with Clear Law Institute titled “The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Background Checks” on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM PST. For more information, visit: http://clearlawinstitute.com/the-federal-fair-credit-reporting-act-fcra-and-background-checks/. Continue reading

Court Ruling Underscores Best Practices for Handling Consumer Disputes about Accuracy of Criminal Records in Background Checks

By Lester S. Rosen, Attorney at Law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

court cases A ruling by a federal judge in a case in Minnesota on March 26, 2013 underscores the need for background screening firms to carefully review their processes for re-investigation of consumer disputes. Continue reading

IRS Investigates Tax Identity Theft and Refund Fraud

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogLess than a week away from the tax filing deadline on April 15, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the IRS Criminal Investigation started 295 new identity theft investigations since this filing season began in January 2014, pushing the number of active identity theft cases to more than 1,800. An announcement about the investigations – part of a larger effort by the IRS to combat identity theft and refund fraud – is available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Intensifies-Work-on-Identity-Theft-and-Refund-Fraud;–Criminal-Investigation-Enforcement-Actions-Underway-Across-the-Nation. Continue reading

Webinar Focuses on Background Checks and Legal Compliance

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Although most companies are using background checks to screen applicants, many may not have a full understanding of the many laws and regulations for background checks. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance’ with Aurora Training Advantage on Thursday April 17, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/background-checks/.

In this 90 minute webinar, attendees will learn the information needed to conduct thorough, effective, and compliant background checks. Subjects covered will include: compliance with the 2012 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records; the impact of state laws on background checks; new laws on credit reports, social media passwords, and offshoring personal information; and whether employers should “ban the box” asking about criminal convictions on job applications.

Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive guide to background checks, and a nationally recognized safe hiring expert. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and served as the first co-chairman. He is a frequent presenter nationwide on issues surrounding background checks and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences for “ESR Speaks.”