Yearly Archives: 2011

Author and Safe Hiring Expert to Speak at Recruiting Conference 2011 Summit on Screening Job Applicants with Internet

Attorney at Law and author Lester Rosen, a safe hiring expert and CEO of nationwide background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants’ at The Recruiting Conference 2011 Summit being held from November 1 to 3, 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago O’Hare. For more information on this session, visit Continue reading

Statistics Show NFL Players May Be Less Likely to Get Arrested than General Public

While the perception for some sports fans is that National Football League (NFL) players cannot seem to stay out of trouble with the law, an NFL Arrests Database compiled by the San Diego Union-Tribune found an arrest rate of 1 in every 45 NFL players – or 2.2 percent – since 2000, according to a report from CBS station WCCO in Minneapolis, Minnesota that asked the question ‘Are Athletes Arrested More Than Others?’ When compared to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics for 2009 that show the national arrest rate for all arrests to be 1 in 23 – or 4.3 percent – the reality may be that the fans watching NFL games are more likely to get arrested than the players on the field. Continue reading

Counties in Utah and Washington Pass E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements

In the latest change to the growing patchwork of laws regarding the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system, two counties in Utah and Washington – Washington County, UT and Cowlitz County, WA – have unanimously passed laws requiring the use of the E-Verify system that checks the work authorization status of newly hired workers to ensure that they are legally eligible to work in the United States. These actions follow in step with a May 2011 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a 2007 Arizona law requiring employers to enroll in the voluntary federal E-Verify program. Continue reading

USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship

To help strengthen security and combat fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has announced the launch of a redesigned Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) and Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) with new features and enhancements, according to a news release on the USCIS website. The USCIS has already begun issuing the new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and will begin using the redesigned certificates on October 30, 2011. Continue reading

Several US States Now have Laws Regulating Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

A number of U.S. states have either passed, or are considering passing, laws regulating credit reports used by employers for employment purposes. Most recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 22 into law that prohibits employers or prospective employers in California, with the exception of certain financial institutions, from obtaining consumer credit reports for employment purposes beginning on January 1, 2012. Here is a summary of the seven states – California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington – that currently have laws regulating credit report use by employers. Continue reading

Audio Conference Examines Legal Line Walked When Using Internet to Recruit and Screen Job Applicants

To help employers and recruiters better understand the legal risks of using the Internet for recruiting and screening job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! The Legal Line You Walk When Using Social Media and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time). For more information, visit: Continue reading

California SB 459 Enacts Stiff Penalties for Employers Willfully Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors

Adding to the recent changes in laws regarding the use of employment credit checks and E-Verify by employers in the Golden State, California Governor Jerry Brown has approved Senate Bill 459 (SB 459) that enacts stiff penalties – including fines of $5,000 to $10,000 for first violations and up to $25,000 for repeat violations – for employers found to have “voluntarily and knowingly” misclassified workers as independent contractors. To read the full text of SB 459, which will take effect January 1, 2012, visit: Continue reading

Webinar Shows How to Use Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Background Check Job Applicants

Attorney Les Rosen, Founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live 90 minute webinar titled ‘Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants’ on Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 3:00pm ET (2:00pm CT, 1:00pm MT, 12:00pm PT). For more information or to sign up for the webinar – presented with business education services provider Avant Resources – visit: Continue reading

ESR Screened Caregiver Website Offers Background Check Services for Household Employers of Caregivers

To assist household employers in their search for qualified caregivers, Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has launched a new website – ESR Screened Caregiver ( – where household employers may screen caregivers to ensure the safety of families and loved ones and caregivers may self-certify with background screening to show their abilities and qualifications. Attorney Les Rosen, ESR Founder and CEO, made the announcement. Continue reading

Civil Rights and Labor Groups Seek to End Credit Checks of Job Applicants by Employers

According to a report from, a coalition of 25 civil rights and labor advocacy groups recently petitioned TransUnion – one of the largest credit-monitoring firms in the United States along with Equifax and Experian and the only privately-held company of the so-called ‘Big Three’ – to stop making credit reports available and selling consumer credit information to employers to use for credit checks of job applicants during the hiring process. Continue reading