New CO Law Gives Ex-Convicts More of a Chance to Find Jobs and Employers Less of a Chance of Liability from Negligent Hiring

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A recent article in the Denver Business Journal reveals details about a little-known bill that may have a big impact on the business community in Colorado with regards to employer liability from negligent hiring. House Bill 10-1023 ‘Employer Liability Negligent Hiring’, recently signed into law by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, …

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Employment Screening Resources Announces Free Employer Background Check Tools

By Jared Callahan, Employment Screening Resources Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading national employment screening firm based in the San Francisco area, announced today that free tools available at the ESR Resources Center to help employers hire safe, honest, and qualified applicants. The ESR Resources Center provides employers with “All Things Background Checks.”   Employers can find among …

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New DHS Initiative Targets E-Verify Misuse and Discrimination by Employers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced three new initiatives to strengthen the efficiency and accuracy of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system, including a new agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will make it easier to investigate E-Verify misuse and discrimination by participating employers. Under …

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California Case Protects Constitutional Right of Background Screening Firm to Report Sex Offender Registration

A California Court of Appeals decision filed March 23, 2010 held that a background screening firm has a constitutional right to report that an applicant has appeared on the Megan’s Law website (MLW) as a registered sex offender.  The Court further held that under the California law, the prohibition on the use of such information …

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SHRM Surveys Reveal 3 Out Of 4 Businesses Conduct Reference Background Checks and Criminal Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A series of recent surveys from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reveals that when it comes to reference background checks and criminal background checks, approximately three out of four U.S. businesses perform these two types of background checks as part of their pre-employment screening programs. According to …

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Unrecognized, Fake and Dubious Online College Accrediting Agencies

As mentioned in earlier blogs by Employment Screening Resources (ESR), diploma mills and degree mills have created fake accreditation agencies to try to make fake degrees legitimate. According to one source, the following represents a listing of 30- plus agencies that employers may want to look at in more detail. This list is reprinted with …

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What does an employer do if the applicant lies or fakes their education, but it was not a job requirement

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources From the Employment Screening Resources mailbox:  We had an applicant for a job that did not require a degree.  However, the applicant listed a degree but it turns out he in fact never graduated and never earned the degree.   Can we consider that even though the job did …

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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen To Present at National Webinar on the Use of the Internet, Facebook and Social Networking sites to Screen Job Applicants

By Jared Callahan, Employment Screening Resources 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 a national webinar on Tuesday, March 23, 2010  on Screening Applicants Using Social Networking Sites: Legal or Liability? The webinar is sponsored by Lorman …

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Use of Workers' Compensation Records: Extreme Caution Advised

By Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Employers have become very aware of the high costs of workers’ compensation claims. The loss to American business from both fraudulent claims and re-injury causes many employers to want to know whether a job applicant has a history of filing workers’ compensation claims. At …

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Background Check Bashing -Either Too Much or Too Little Depending upon the Most Recent Headline

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources The recent headlines dealing with background checks demonstrate that to some extent, Americans are conflicted about the whole topic of background checks. On one hand, as reported in past blogs by Employment Screening Resources (ESR), discrimination and privacy advocates feel that background checks are too intrusive and unfair. The …

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