E-Verify and other government background check requirements

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources

2010 Trends in Screening Trend Seven:  E-Verify and other government background check requirements will grow

The government’s efforts to require employers to verify eligibly for employment gathered additional steam when the rules for the use of E-verify for federal contractors finally went into effect in 2009 after a number of false starts. The E-verify system utilizes databases administered by the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to verify a person’s eligibly for work in the United States. Private employers can still utilize the Form I-9 without using the federal E-verify program.  Yet it seems certain that with the ongoing discussions about the legal right to work in the U.S, it will only become a more important topic in the future. Individual states as well are involved in requiring employers to utilize the E-verify system.  Employment Screening Resources (ESR), is an authorized agent for E-Verify. 

In addition, there continues to be efforts at various levels of government to require fingerprinting particularly after an event hits the headlines where someone did something and a background check was not done.  Of course, fingerprinting is far from 100 percent accurate and it raises discrimination issues as well since the FBI records are unfiltered and may well contain data that cannot be used for employment purposes. 

As noted in trend number one:  Of course, it is interesting to note that nearly every time a legislator objects because there is too much screening, there is often a call by some other elected official for even more screening after it is revealed that some crime or offenses occurred where an inappropriate applicant was hired without a sufficient background check.  A listing of proposed legislation related to screening shows that legislators are both calling for increased privacy and protections for consumers at the same time they are introducing bills to increase background check requirements.

(Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading national online employment screening background firm, is releasing the  ESR Third Annual Top Ten Trends in the Pre-Employment Background Screening Industry for 2010. This is the SEVENTH of the ten trends ESR will be tracking in 2010.)