Negligent hiring and retention leading causes of employment lawsuits

A recent article in the Connecticut Law Tribune re-enforces what ESR has been telling employers for some time—that lawsuits for negligent hiring and negligent retention are among the most common claims against employers. Per the articles, “The difference between the hiring and retention claims is when the employer became aware of a threatening employee; often, …

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California Background Checks and the Recession and Court Closures

According to the web site for the California courts, there will be monthly court closures.  The site indicates that:  Due to the unprecedented statewide fiscal crisis, the Supreme Court of California, the Courts of Appeal, and all superior courts will be closed the third Wednesday of every month, beginning September 16, 2009. See: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/  The …

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Employment Screening Expert Lester Rosen To Present At National Recruiting Conference in Chicago

Employment Screening Resources,  a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced that its president, Lester Rosen, will be presenting before the combined KennedyInfo/Onrec 2009 Recruiting Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 2009.  This national recruiting conference brings together online recruiting leaders and productivity solution providers from …

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Background Checks and Electronic References

In the never ending efforts by employers to identify candidates that are a good fit and qualified, a new internet tool has been developed to allow employers to utilize email to accelerate the process of obtaining references and assessments from past supervisors and others that know the applicant. The best example is www.Checkster.com Questions have …

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Credit Reports in California

The California legislature has once again passed a bill restricting the use of credit reports, even though a substantially similar measure was vetoed by the Governor in 2008. See; http://www.esrcheck.com/newsletter/archives/September_2008.php  The bill, AB943, seeks to severely limit the use of credit reports in California for employment purposes.  For private employers, a credit report could not …

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Background Checks and Employment Applications

Cup of Coffee with that Criminal Conviction? Starbucks Case Underscores Importance of Well-Crafted Employment Application A recent California appellate court case, Starbucks Corporation v. Lord, addressed the issue of how applicants are asked about criminal records on an application form.  A class action was filed against Starbucks Corporation on behalf of 135,000 unsuccessful job applicants …

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Background Check Expert Article on Credit Reports

RecruitingTrends, a leading website for recruitment and talent management by KennedyInfo, has published a column by ESR president Lester Rosen on, “Credit Reports and Employment: Myths and Facts.”  The article covers myths and reality on credit reports, and is a how-to guide for recruiters and employers on the topic.  It also has helpful information for …

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Background Checks for Small and Medium Business Owners

Its becoming a familiar story in the news: a small or medium business owner hires a new employee, fails to perform a background check or check references, and only after a crime has been committed does the business find out about the employee’s serious criminal record. By then, it can be too late.  Hiring a …

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Employment Screening Resources Announces Partnership

Employment Screening Resources , a leading national employment screening background checking firm and Mindset Dynamics, specialists in coaching, training and assessments, announced they have partnered for the purpose of providing additional industry leading solutions for their clients. Mindset Dynamics provides consulting, training and coaching to leading firms nationwide. They assist organizations of all sizes in …

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Employment at Will and Probationary Periods

A critical issue for employers is the nature of the employee-employer relationship. Employers typically hire on an “at will” basis, meaning there is no employment contract and either side can terminate the relationship. Of course, nothing is that simple. Employers are normally advised to be very clear in all stages of the recruiting, interviewing, and …

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