New California Law on Background Checks Appears to be First Law in U.S. to Regulate Offshoring of Personal Data Overseas

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog On September 29, 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law California Senate Bill 909 (SB 909), which appears to be the first law in the nation that addresses the issue of “offshoring” where the personal information of American consumers in sent offshore and outside the United States of its territories. Authored …

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Social Network Background Checks of Job Applicants Present Challenges for Employers and Recruiters

By Lester Rosen, ESR President It appears that a new industry is popping up, whereby employers can go to third party firms that will scour the internet and locate and assemble a dossier on an applicant’s cyber identity.  These “social network background checks” will search social networking sites like Facebok and Twitter, blogs, and anywhere else on …

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CA Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bill Limiting Use of Credit Reports for Employment Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog To the relief of a number of California employers, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill passed by the California Legislature– AB 482 – that would have limited the use of credit reports by employers during employment background checks. Assembly Bill (AB) 482 would have prohibited employers from …

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Error in Criminal Database Search during Background Check Falsely Labels Candidate a Crook

By  Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A story from south Florida demonstrates how criminal results found in database searches during background checks may be incorrect and the problems and embarrassment that can result from such mistakes. According to a report on NBCMiami.com, a candidate running for Cooper City, FL commission named David Nall was falsely labeled a …

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FedEx Named In Lawsuit That Includes Claim of Negligent Hiring and Retention of Truck Driver

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a report from KECI NBC 13 in Missoula, Montana, the family of a volunteer firefighter killed in a 2008 crash has filed a lawsuit claiming that FedEx, the world’s largest express transportation company, and the owner of the semi truck that killed …

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Recent Trend Shows Women Increasingly Becoming Involved in Workplace Violence Incidents

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Some experts believe that an emerging trend of women as workplace killers may be indicated by recent cases including a September 2010 incident in which a woman allegedly killed coworkers at the baking plant in Philadelphia where she worked after being suspended from her job. A story on The Philadelphia Inquirer …

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Using Online Referencing Tools and Background Checks to Optimize Employee Selection – Part 2

Read Part 1 Part 2 By Lester Rosen, ESR President At the end of Part 1 of this blog, the question arose from some hiring managers as to whether automated reference services like Checkster could replace the type of employment verifications performed by background firms. The short answer is no. Although services from Checkster and similar …

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Using Online Referencing Tools and Background Checks to Optimize Employee Selection – Part 1

Part 1 By Lester Rosen, ESR President Identifying applicants that are the right fit and have the right knowledge, skill, and abilities to do the job is a perennial challenge for employers. In pre-industrial society, the problem was generally solved by either hiring someone that the employer knew, basing the hiring decision upon a personal …

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From the ESR Mailbox: Employment Applications and Questions about Past Criminal Convictions

By Lester Rosen, ESR President From the ESR mailbox: Our HR department is changing our application form so that an applicant only has to answer questions about any criminal matter going back seven years. They say that this is required under the laws of many states, including California. Are they right? Answer: The issue of …

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Family of Michael Jackson Files Suit Claiming Death of Singer Caused by Negligent Hiring and Retention of Doctor

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a post on The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog, the family of deceased singer Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit against event production company AEG Live and others claiming they are responsible for the pop idol’s death because his contract with AEG for …

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