Genuine “Fake” Diplomas on the Rise: Another Reason to Verify Education and Credentials

Getting a college diploma apparently no longer requires years of hard work, going to class, taking tests, paying tuition or even reading a book. Why bother going through the formalities when all a person needs is a credit card and a web browser in order to buy an authentic looking diploma that mimics real colleges, universities …

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Hawaii Puts Limits on Use of Credit Reports

A new law in Hawaii effective July 1, 2009, regulates the use of employment credit reports by making their use an unlawful discriminatory practice except under certain circumstances.  This will impact Hawaii employment screening background checks significantly.  See the July ESR Newsletter and Legal Update for the full story. To sign up for the ESR …

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Background checks and job boards do not always mix

On the surface, it is easy to see why a job board may see the  appeal in an excluisve integration with a background firm.   The idea is that an employer can use the job board to find the candidate and at the same time, perform a background check through the partner background firm.  From a …

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Selecting an employment background screening firm

An essential element of any due diligence plan is a yearly audit of your current practices.  In the event of a worst case scenario, and an employer hires someone that is unfit, unsafe or unqualified, the best defense is that the employer exercised due diligence in its hiring practices, including the choice of a screening …

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Free Interview Generator creates standardized questions for Human Resources and hiring managers

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) has released a free web based interview guide generator to help employers build printed interview forms for any position. The tool allows employers to select from generic interview questions, or to create their own questions, and then create a printed form that can be saved or modified.  The tool also gives …

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Cost Effective Employment Screening and Safe Hiring Techniques for Large Employers

American industries that hire large numbers of hourly, temporary or seasonal employees are caught in a Catch-22.  On one hand, they know that if they don’t take measures to conduct pre-employment screening and exercise due diligence in hiring, it is a statistical certainly they are sitting ducks for expensive litigation, workplace violence, false claims, theft, …

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International Background Checks and International Screening for Employment and Education Verification

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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California Sex Offender Search Employment Screening Background Check

The use of the California Sexual Registration listing, commonly known as Megan’s Law, is widespread among employers.  However, there is a little known provision in California that may actually limit an employer’s legal use of that information in some situations. The Megan’s Law was first passed in 1996.   Originally, information on sex offenders that …

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Dangers of Using a Screening Firm That Uses a Home Based Operator Network

Some employers have assumed that all background firms are the same, so you may as well just select the cheapest.  That is the same thing as saying you should pick a lawyer or any other provider of professional service just based upon price. The reality is that background screening is a knowledge-based0A professional service, and …

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Australian Court Says Facebook can be used to Serve Legal Papers

Just when you thought you heard everything, along comes a story off the AP wire from Australia about a court approving the use of Facebook to serve legal papers. Consumers that were worried that their social networking site was being used by employers now have to worry that Facebook or MySpace may be used by …

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