A news release on the web today from a firm that apparently engages in credit repair uses the myth that credit scores are used for employment as an apparent marketing tactic.Â The press article indicates that a national recognized credit score except say, â€œâ€¦millions of Americans are in for a shock when it comes to …Continue reading "Unjustified fears about Credit Scores and employment"
Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading pre-employment background firm, and Facts on Demand Press have published “Â The Safe Hiring Audit.” This book empowers human resources and security professionals, business owners and hiring managers with the resources needed to perform an effective audit of their employment procedures. The 25-point action plan evaluates current hiring practices, identifies …Continue reading "Safe Hiring Audit and Due Diligence for Employers"
Some employers or recruiters want background firms to contact an applicant directly if there is a need to obtain additional information or to clarify information from an applicant. If this has ever crossed your mind as an employer or recruiter, you might want to reconsider. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) generally recommends against having background firms …Continue reading "Why Background Firms should not contact an applicant directly"
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announcedÂ on October 1, 2009 that they have filed a lawsuit against Freeman, a firm that offers nationwide convention services, on the basis that it used credit reports and criminal records to unfairly discriminate against black, Hispanic and maleÂ job applicants.Â Â Â This case has the potential to have a …Continue reading "New EEOC lawsuit for discrimination based on credit report and criminal records"
An important consideration when U.S. screening firms do international background checks are the application of foreign privacy lawsÂ regarding the manner in which information is obtained, transmitted, and utilized. The central issues are data privacy and protection. The European UnionÂ (EU) has extensive privacy laws that affect U.S. employers and screening firms. Â These rules went into effect …Continue reading "International background checks and data and privacy protection"
From the mailbox: What are the risks for an applicant in providing a fake reference. I even hear there are web sites that will give you a fake reference that look real and they even create a web site for the fake company. In a tough job market, why not? Response from ESR: The old saying …Continue reading "fake references and employment screening background checks"
A recent post on an HR blog concerned an applicant who was directed online to web-based background screening software to fill out information, finding it took 80 minutes. Not surprisingly, this applicant was not pleased with the amount of time and effort it took to fill out on online background form. Such dissatisfaction can actually …Continue reading "Job Applicants and Online Employee Background Screening Software"
In the April, 2009 ESR Newsletter, ESR reported on a case in Ohio where a negligent hiring lawsuit was filed on behalf of a sleep clinic patient that was sexually molested by a staff member.Â http://www.esrcheck.com/newsletter/archives/April_2009.php.Â The article reported that a technician was facing gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition charges for allegedly molesting five …Continue reading "Due diligence risk management and Employment Screening"
From the ESR mailbox: I have heard that it is against the law to check any reference other than those provided by the applicant. For example, if an applicant had a job that was not listed on the resume or application, can a background firm or employer still contact that person? Answer: We are not …Continue reading "Calling unlisted former employers for employment reference"
Who says there is no humor in the hiring process?Â Employers, Human Resources professionals and RecruitersÂ Â may enjoyÂ the book, â€œLexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (LIAR),â€ by Robert Thornton, available on Amazon.Â The book gives a whole new meaning to the term â€œdamned with faint praise.â€Â It answers the age old question of how to give …Continue reading "Ambiguous References and the Fine Art of a Polite Negative References"