NY Times Editorial Focuses On Flawed FBI Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A recent New York Times editorial – Check It Again – focused on a new bill in the House of Representatives that would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to verify and correct criminal data before issuing background checks for employment purposes, thus fixing the problem of many …

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Census Bureau Adopts Stricter Rules for Background Screening of Census Workers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Following two recent incidents concerning census workers endangering U.S. citizens – including an attack of a disabled young woman allegedly by a census taker in Indiana and a registered sex offender using an alias to get a job as a census taker in New Jersey – the U.S. Census …

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American Meat Industry CEO Addresses Importance of Employment Verification with E-Verify

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Noting that polling shows Americans think immigration laws need reform but Congress has yet to translate national sentiment into action, the leading voice of the American Meat Industry (AMI) – the nation’s oldest and largest meat and poultry trade association – believes the reauthorization and improvement of the online employment verification …

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FTC Requiring Businesses Extending Credit To Customers To Follow Red Flags Rule For Identity Theft Starting June 1

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer With identity theft on the rise – a recent survey found the number of identity theft and fraud victims in the U.S. increased 12 percent to affect over 11 million adults in 2009 – the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is requiring businesses that extend credit to customers to develop …

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Bill Would Strengthen Accuracy of Employment Background Checks Using FBI Criminal Database

By Les Rosen, President of ESR & Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Employers that rely on criminal records databases to conduct background checks on potential employees also rely on the accuracy of the information in those databases. Now a federal bill introduced in the House would help to strengthen the accuracy of the Federal Bureau …

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Former Harvard Student Allegedly Faked Academic Credentials for Scholarships and Financial Aid

Any employers, including prestigious universities, doubting the need for education verifications as a part of effective background screening programs may reconsider after hearing the story of a former Harvard student who allegedly faked academic credentials and references — even transcripts with perfect SAT grades — to win prizes, scholarships, and receive grants and financial aid. According to …

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Maryland Colleges May Be Required to Conduct Background Checks on Students

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer After the University of Virginia’s president recently announced that the school would perform background checks on students in the wake of the tragic murder of a female student – allegedly at the hands of a fellow student – lawmakers in neighboring Maryland may soon require that universities in that …

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DOT Launches Pre-Employment Screening Program for Commercial Motor Carriers and Drivers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Citing safety as its highest priority, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched a Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) which allows commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process. According to a …

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CA Poll Shows 86 Percent of People More Likely to Frequent Businesses Using E-Verify

by Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer When asked if they would be ‘more or less likely’ to frequent a business displaying an E-Verify sticker ensuring that it uses the government’s employment eligibility verification system, a vast majority of respondents – 86 percent – said they would be ‘more likely’ to frequent such a business, according …

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Alleged Crime by Census Worker Casts Spotlight on Government Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer In the wake of a census worker being accused of assaulting a young disabled woman in southern Indiana, questions have arisen about security issues surrounding the government background checks of the thousands of workers for the once-in-a-decade U.S. Census. According to a report on the WRTV Indianapolis News website, …

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