The “Social Trace” – What It Is and What It Isn’t

One of the most common questions among HR professionals is: What really is the Social Security Trace? Good question. We’re glad you asked because it is important to know what the “Social Trace” does and what it doesn’t do. It DOES find addresses and aliases. It DOES NOT verify your applicant’s identity with the Government, …

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ESR Speaks

ESR’s own Jared Callahan, a licensed Private Investigator in California, presents Employment Screening Background Checks – A to Z More than just the basics, this full-day seminar will cover everything you need to know about background checks. From determining where to search for possible criminal records to how to get information from past employers, you …

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Use of Workers’ Compensation Records: Extreme Caution Advised

Employers have become very aware of the high costs of compensation claims. The loss to American business from both fraudulent claims and re-injury causes many employers to want to know whether a job applicant has a history of filing workers’ compensation claims. At the same time, the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well …

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Use of Workers’ Compensation Records: Extreme Caution Advised

Employers have become very aware of the high costs of compensation claims. The loss to American business from both fraudulent claims and re-injury causes many employers to want to know whether a job applicant has a history of filing workers’ compensation claims. At the same time, the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well …

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Holds National Summit on Issue of Re-Entry of Ex-offenders into the Workforce

The U.S. Conference of Mayors announced a conference held in February on the issue of mass incarceration and the need to get ex-offenders employed. Featuring mayors form major American cities, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the announced purpose of the conference was to help former inmates find jobs after their release and to avoid …

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ESR in the News! ESR quoted in SHRM Magazine

ESR has recently been quoted ESR in the February, 2007 issue of HR Magazine published by SHRM in an article entitled, “Ground Rules on Background Checks.” ESR president Lester S Rosen is quoted on the formation for the trade association for the screening industry, The National Association of Professional Background Screeners, or NAPBS. According to …

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Ambiguous References—the Fine Art of Polite Negative References

Who says there is no humor in the hiring process? Employers will enjoy reading the book, “Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (LIAR),” by Robert Thornton and available on Amazon. The book gives a whole new meaning to the term “damned with faint praise.” It answers the age old question of how to give a truthful …

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Screening Vendors and Temporary Employees

A recent article in the SHRM 2008 Staffing Management Library underscores the need to screen even temporary hires. Although many employers have well thought out programs for their regular employees, temporary employees form staffing firms, 1099 workers or vendors pose similar risks. The article explained why screening temporary employees is critical, and offers suggestions on …

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International Employment and Education Verifications

Employers have long recognized that conducting due diligence on new hires is a mission- critical task. Firms cannot afford to be sidetracked by employee problems such as workplace violence, theft, false resumes, embezzlement, harassment or trumped-up injury claims. Employers can be the subject of lawsuits for negligent hiring if they hire someone that they should …

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