Yearly Archives: 2011

Jury Awards 7 Million Dollars to Family of Truck Driver Killed in Accident in Negligent Hiring Case

The family of a truck driver killed in a 2008 accident in Arkansas was recently awarded $7 million in damages in a wrongful death lawsuit brought against a timber company and its truck driver in an Arkansas Federal Court, according to a press release in the Kansas City Star. A group of Kansas City-area lawyers serving as counsel for the family of the man killed in the accident argued that the timber company had negligently hired the truck driver who caused the accident without conducting a basic background search that would have quickly revealed a history of unsafe driving that included having his license revoked twice. Continue reading

Background Check Firm Employment Screening Resources Achieves Renewal of HR Certification Institute Approved Provider Status

 Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has achieved renewal of “Approved Provider” status from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), an internationally recognized certifying organization for the human resource (HR) profession. This distinction allows ESR to offer continuing HR-related education programs to more than 100,000 certified HR professionals seeking HRCI recertification credits. ESR’s term as Approved Provider is effective until December 31, 2014. ESR has been an HRCI Approved Provider since June of 2005. Continue reading

Questions about Degree from Possible Diploma Mill Cause Kansas Chief IT Officer to Resign

Proof positive as to why employers need to perform due diligence education verifications on job seekers during pre-employment background checks, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the new Chief Information Technology (IT) Officer of the State of Kansas recently introduced by Governor Sam Brownback has resigned after an earlier report in the newspaper raised questions about his college degree from an unaccredited school linked to diploma mills. Continue reading

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Issues New Round of Notices of Inspection to Employers

In a new round of inspections to determine if employers in the United States are violating employment laws by hiring unauthorized workers, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to various employers around the country. The NOIs give businesses notice that ICE will conduct inspections for compliance of Employment Eligibility Verification Forms (Form I-9s) that require employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. Continue reading

E-Verify Use Rising in California as Employers Use Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System

Despite California Governor Jerry Brown recently signing into law the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 (A.B. 1236) that prohibits cities and counties in the state from requiring employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system such as E-Verify beginning January 1, 2012, an article in the Contra Costa Times reveals that more than 26,000 employers in the Golden State have signed up for the federal E-Verify program that checks if newly hired employers are legally eligible to work in the United States. Continue reading

Women Claim To Be Victims of Suspected Stalker Who Once Worked Inside Their Homes

Two Michigan women claim they were frightened and terrorized after they responded to ads from a major department store to have their air ducts cleaned and a duct cleaner – a career criminal with a history of harassing women who somehow passed a background check – allegedly began stalking them after working in their homes, according to an investigative report from WXYZ-TV ABC Channel 7 Action News in Detroit, MI. Continue reading

Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports 80000 Jobs Added in October 2011

Led by continued job growth in professional and businesses services, leisure and hospitality, health care, and mining, total nonfarm payroll employment gained 80,000 jobs in October 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – OCTOBER 2011’ released today. In addition, the change in nonfarm payroll employment was revised up from 57,000 jobs to 104,000 jobs for August 2011 and up from 103,000 jobs to 158,000 jobs for September 2011. Continue reading

Webcast Explores International Background Checks at Quality of Hire Virtual Event

Attorney and author Les Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webcast on ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ at the HR.com Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET (11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon PT). For more information, visit: http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/webcasts/upcoming_webcasts/international-background-checks–global-due-dilig_gshji5fk.html. Continue reading

ADP Report Shows Private Sector Employment Increased by 110000 Jobs in October 2011

According to the latest Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) National Employment Report® released today, employment in the private sector – led by the services sector and small to medium-sized businesses – increased by 110,000 jobs from September 2011 to October 2011, while the estimated advance in employment from August 2011 to September 2011 was revised up to 116,000 jobs from the initially reported 91,000 jobs. Continue reading

News Investigation Finds Background Checks Needed before Hiring Home Health Caregivers

A recent investigation by WKYC-TV NBC Channel 3 News in Cleveland, Ohio found that consumers should closely check the backgrounds of home health caregivers before allowing them into their homes after reporting stories of theft by in home caregivers, including one case where $25,000 in cash was stolen from a home safe. Overall, the state of Ohio has received 470 complaints against home health agencies and their home health caregiver employees since the beginning of 2010. Continue reading