Churches Using Background Checks to Ensure Safety of Most Vulnerable Members

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor According to a report ‘Churches check closer after molestation cases’ from OnlineAthens.com, the website for the Athens Banner Herald, more churches are using background checks to ensure the safety of their most vulnerable members in the wake of several molestation cases involving employees and volunteers. The report …

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Supporters Say E-Verify Helps Employers Check Immigration Status of Newly Hired Employees

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A member of the U.S. House of Representatives responding to an editorial in the Washington Post wrote that the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system helps employers check the immigration status of workers and maintain a legal workforce, and also that E-Verify can only be used on new …

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Kentucky Bill Would Require Criminal Background Checks for All Private Nursing Home Employees

 By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor Proposed legislation in the state of Kentucky would require criminal background checks for all private long-term care facility employees to help to protect elderly and vulnerable Kentucky nursing home residents from being preyed upon by dangerous criminals. Senate Bill 44 – introduced by Senator Tom Buford …

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Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen Discusses Challenges of Social Media Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor In an exclusive interview on the top background screening trends of 2011, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen discusses the challenges of social media background checks, the importance of credit reports in screening, and how organizations can perform background screening more …

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Employers Firing Employees over Information Found on Popular Social Media Sites Face Legal Risks

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A recent article on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website – ‘Employers Tread a Minefield’ – warns employers about “tripping over legal potholes in social media” if they choose to fire people over alleged social media infractions as more employees and job applicants access popular social …

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NABE Survey Finds Most Economists Polled Expect Increased Hiring and Economic Growth in 2011

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A new survey from the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) revealed that economists are hopeful about economic growth and increased hiring while the number of firms planning to hire workers is at a level not seen in over a decade. The NABE Industry Survey January 2011 – …

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GAO Report Notes Improvements in Accuracy of E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor According to a new report from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bureau has taken steps to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system used to check if workers are legally eligible …

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Bill Limiting Credit Checks of Job Applicants for Employment Screening Reintroduced in Congress

A bill that would limit the use of credit checks of job applicants in employment screening has been reintroduced into Congress by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). As originally written, the ‘Equal Employment for All Act’ would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit the use of consumer credit checks against prospective employees …

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Supreme Court Ruling in NASA Case Limits Privacy Rights of Workers in Employment Background Checks

In a case pitting individual privacy rights of citizens against national security concerns of a country, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned a ruling limiting government inquiries about contract workers at a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) laboratory and ruled the federal government can ask employees about their drug treatment, medical conditions, or other personal matters …

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Colleges and Universities Learning to Avoid Mistakes with Higher Education Background Checks

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President Institutions of higher education such as colleges and universities bear the same risk as other employers when it comes to hiring employees. Due diligence in hiring, including employment screening background checks, is critical for any organization seeking to avoid workplace violence, negligent hiring lawsuits, or any repercussions …

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