Debate: Can a business connection site be more valuable then a resume?

According to some bloggers, the suggestion has been made that using business connections sites is more accurate then resumes, since a candidate is not as likely to lie on an online service where many friends and colleagues may see it. Looking at business connection sites during the recruiting or selection stage can certainly be another …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announces that its President will Present at 2009 SHRM Conference

Employment Screening Resources,  a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced that its president, Lester S. Rosen, will be presenting at the 2009 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans on July 1, 2009.  This is the 61st annual SHRM Conference and …

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Has Bozeman, Montana Gone To Far? Requiring Access to Social Network Sites Can Open up a Pandora's Box of Legal Issues

According to a story published online by the Christian Science Monitor, the City of Bozeman, Montana has “requested that candidates provide their username and passwords for social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The application asks that candidates “list any and all current personal or business Web sites, web pages, or memberships on …

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Texas Lawsuit Accuses Apartment Owner of Negligence in Hiring Register Sex Offender as Maintenance Worker that Raped 14 Year Old Girl

According to a storey in the Southeastern Texas Record, a lawsuit has been filed against an apartment building owner in the rape of a tenant, a 14 year old girl, by a maintenance worker that was a registered sex offender.  It was alleged that the employee repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim at knifepoint for an …

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New Study on Impact of Past Criminal Record on New Employment Creates More Questions Than it Answers

A new study just released by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University has attempted to devise a model to quantify the relevance of a criminal record for employment on the basis that the importance of a past criminal record recedes over time when a person is not re-arrested. The study looks to develop a methodology to …

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Beware of Rip-off web sites

A web site came to our attention that makes outright falsehoods to the public when it comes to criminal records.  It says: A COMPLETE AND CONCISE CRIMINAL RECORD REPORT  Our 50 State Criminal History Search Is Generated Using Federal, State And County Databases Containing Over 1.2 Billion Criminal Records Which Are 100% Accurate, Reliable And …

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ESR Article on Trends, Developments and Best Practices Featured in Leading International Security Magazine

Security Management Magazine, the official publication of ASIS international, featured an article on background screening by ESR as a cover story in its May, 2009 edition.  ASIS International is considered the preeminent international organization for security professionals.  The article can be found at http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/how-avoid-hiring-mishaps-005529 The article, authored by ESR President Lester Rosen, was titled, “How …

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New UTAH Privacy Laws Impact Employers and May Show Future Trends

Utah is the latest state to pass tough new privacy laws with it come to Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  Utah passed a new law effective May 12, 2009 called, “The Employment Selection Procedures Act.”  See:  http://le.utah.gov/~2009S1/bills/hbillenr/hb1002.htm   The new law prohibits an employer above 15 employees from collecting an applicant’s social security number, date of birth …

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Why Interviews Are Not an Effective Means to Tell if a Job Applicant is Lying on their Resume or Job Application

Even if Diogenes had found an honest person, there is a body of modern evidence that suggests it is difficult for anyone, from ancient philosophers to modern day employers, to use an interview to determine who is really who. Employers have a distinct challenge when it comes to spotting liars; industry statistics suggest that as …

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Rules for Federal Contractor's Use of E-Verify May Face Delay Again

According to an article on the webpage for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the long awaited rules for the use of E-Verify by federal contractors may be delayed again as a result of new court filings the Department of Justice (DOJ).  See the story at: http://www.shrm.org/Publications/HRNews/Pages/EVerifyAgain.aspx 

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