NFL Teams Use Background Checks to Help Draft College Football Players as New Employees

It is not uncommon for employers these days to use pre-employment background checks to help them hire new employees. Recent surveys from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) revealed approximately 75% of employers ( three out of four) used background checks during their pre-employment screening of job applicants. But what if the employer happens to …

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Arizona Governor Signs Controversial Immigration Law that Includes Strict Use of E-Verify by Employers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a controversial law that would require police officers to question anyone that they have reason to believe may be in the country illegally, while also directing employers to keep verification records of employee work eligibility through the E-Verify electronic eligibility verification system and …

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EEOC Warns Employers of Increase in Discrimination Lawsuits Based on Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer As a recently filed lawsuit alleging one of the largest management consulting firms in the world conducted discriminatory background checks against African-Americans and Latinos shows, employers need to fully understand the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policies regarding the use of background checks during the pre-employment screening process …

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Arizona Senate Passes Tough Immigration Bill That Includes Stricter Rules on E-Verify Usage

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer The Arizona senate has passed a controversial bill that – along with requiring law enforcement officers to question anyone that they have reason to believe might be in the country illegally – would direct employers to keep verification records of employee work eligibility through the government’s E-Verify electronic eligibility …

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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Presents Webinar on How Social Media Use During Employment Screening Can Trigger Privacy Lawsuits

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading international employment screening background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, will present a national webinar for a leading business information site on employment screening on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST. …

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Jury Finds Housing Authority Negligent in Murder of Elderly Woman after Tenant Background Check Misses Criminal Past of Neighbor

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer In a story that shows the importance of using overlapping tools to do criminal background checks, a jury recently ruled that negligence by the Housing Authority in a North Carolina city led to an elderly woman’s death at the hands of her crack cocaine addicted neighbor in 2007. A story …

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Discrimination Lawsuit Shows Importance of Employer Policy on the Use of Criminal Records During Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A recently filed class action lawsuit “ which alleges that one of the largest management consulting firms in the world conducted background checks that discriminated against African-Americans and Latinos“ underscores the importance of employers understanding the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policy regarding the use of criminal records …

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National Criminal Databases Always Work On TV Crime Dramas, Not Always In Real Life

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer According to popular TV crime dramas, today’s investigators, along with old fashioned gut instincts,  use all technology at their disposal when it comes to tracking down and arresting the bad guys. One such technological advantage is a centrally located national computer database containing all past criminal records of anyone …

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DOL March 2010 Jobs Report Shows Economy Posted Strongest Job Gains of Past Three Years

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Possibly a sign that the down economy may finally be looking up, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that U.S. payrolls posted their strongest monthly job gains of the past three years in March of 2010. The Labor Department’s report – Employment Situation Summary, …

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New Oregon Law Prohibits Use of Credit History of Job Applicants for Employment Screening

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A newly signed law in Oregon prevents employers — with limited exceptions — from using the credit histories of job applicants in making employment-related decisions. Senate Bill (SB) 1045 — recently signed into law by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski — prohibits the use of credit history for employment purposes including hiring, …

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