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.Â ASIS International is considered the preeminent international organization for security professionals.Â 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, â€œHow to Avoid Hiring Mishaps,â€ and covered a range of current issues affecting background screening and due diligence.Â Some of the main points are:
- Criminal databases, although valuable due to the millions of records, should not be used as a primary tool for screening, due to issues of accuracy, timeliness and complexities.
- Criminal databases are also subject to a number of legal issues, especially surrounding the application of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.
- Even if an employer locates a criminal history, its use for employment is limited by discrimination laws.Â The State of New York for example, just passed a series of new laws to ensure that individuals with criminal records are not locked out permanently from society.
- Employers need to be especially carful in the use of automatic â€œadjudication rulesâ€ for criminal records without taking into account the particulars of the crime, the person and the job.
- Education fraud is on the increase, and now even includes fake accreditation agencies to accredit fake degrees.
- Although employers have discovered a treasure trove of information by using the internet and social network sites such as Facebook and MySpace, the jury is still out on whether it is a good idea to utilize those sites.Â There can be issues concerning discrimination, violation of privacy rights, the improper use of legal off duty conduct and problems with authenticity and reliability.
- Given the mobility of workers across international borders, employers need to factor international screening into their programs.
For more information, see www.ESRcheck.com