Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President Lester Rosen to Speak at 2010 Pre-employment Screeners Conference to be Held in Florida from November 7-10

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), the company that literally wrote the book on background checks, will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Pre-employment Screeners Conference to be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Hotel in Clearwater, Florida from Sunday, November …

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Contract Worker Arrested for Disorderly Conduct after Incident at Elementary School in South Carolina

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 …

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Senator Sends Letters to Social Networking Sites Facebook and MySpace after Wall Street Journal Reports Privacy Breach

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 …

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Ohio Supreme Court Rules School Employees with Criminal Pasts Revealed in Background Checks can Be Fired

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 …

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Connecticut Receiving $2 Million in Federal Funds for Caregiver Background Checks to Protect Elderly and Disabled

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 …

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New Poll Shows Two Out of Three Americans Feel At Risk for Identity Theft

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 …

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WSJ Investigation Finds Facebook in Privacy Breach with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of Users

 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 …

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EEOC Public Meeting Explores Use of Credit Histories of Job Applicants for Employment Background Screening

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 …

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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 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, …

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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 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 …

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