By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A story from Greenwood County, South Carolina shows why background checks should be run on all workers with access to schools, including contractors and sub-contractors, and not just full time employees. According to a report on the News Channel 7 website at WSPA.com, a contract worker at a Greenwood …Continue reading "Contract Worker Arrested for Disorderly Conduct after Incident at Elementary School in South Carolina"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has sent letters to the heads of two popular social networking sites – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and MySpace President Michael Jones – requesting more information about privacy breaches recently reported in …Continue reading "Senator Sends Letters to Social Networking Sites Facebook and MySpace after Wall Street Journal Reports Privacy Breach"
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a state law that requires the dismissal of school employees with serious criminal convictions in their pasts, according to a story from The Plain Dealer on Cleveland.com. The Ohio Supreme court said in issuing a 5-2 decision that the law can continue to be applied to …Continue reading "Ohio Supreme Court Rules School Employees with Criminal Pasts Revealed in Background Checks can Be Fired"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has announced that the state is receiving a $2 million federal health care grant to design a comprehensive caregiver background check program for employees of nursing homes and other long-term care agencies to further strengthen protections for elderly and disabled residents. According to a …Continue reading "Connecticut Receiving $2 Million in Federal Funds for Caregiver Background Checks to Protect Elderly and Disabled"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A September 2010 web poll from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) testing the attitudes of Americans toward identity theft revealed that 66 percent – or two out of three people – of more than 1,300 respondents felt at risk for identity theft. In an October NFCC press …Continue reading "New Poll Shows Two Out of Three Americans Feel At Risk for Identity Theft"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) investigation (see WSJ article ‘Facebook in Privacy Breach’) has found many of the most popular “apps” (applications) on the world’s most popular social networking site, Facebook.com, have been transmitting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of tens of millions of users – such as names and …Continue reading "WSJ Investigation Finds Facebook in Privacy Breach with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of Users"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a press release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC held a public Commission meeting on Wednesday, October 20 to hear testimony from representatives of various groups, social scientists, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the growing use of credit histories of job …Continue reading "EEOC Public Meeting Explores Use of Credit Histories of Job Applicants for Employment Background Screening"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A recently published new study on employment background screening has found that organizations using automated tools for background checking, employment and education verification, and reference checking experienced 60 percent better quality of hire compared to those without employment background screening solutions in place. The new report from Aberdeen Group, …Continue reading "New Research Finds Companies Using Employment Background Screening Experience 60 Percent Better Quality of Hire Compared to Companies without Screening"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it will hold a meeting Wednesday, October 20, 2010 to hear testimony about employer use of credit reports as a background screening tool and to investigate the practice of using credit histories as employment screening devices. According to various news releases …Continue reading "Hot Off the Press: EEOC To Hear Testimony on Employer Use of Credit Reports as Background Screening Tool at Open Meeting on October 20"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The Brazos County (TX) Attorney has filed formal charges against a former top-level Texas A&M Administrator after a background check found he allegedly lied on his resume and job application documents about his degrees and military service. According to a report on KBTX.com Channel 3 serving Bryan and College …Continue reading "Former Texas A & M Administrator Charged with Fraudulent or Fictitious Degree for Allegedly Lying on Resume and Job Application"