Florida Governor Signs Executive Order Requiring State Agencies to Use E-Verify

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor Shortly after being sworn-in, new Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order No. 11-02 (Verification of Employment Status) that requires state agencies to use the E-verify system to verify legal immigration status of workers and check whether all current and prospective agency employees are legally authorized to …

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Jobs Report Shows Employment Increased By More Than 100,000 Jobs in December 2010

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor The U.S. economy continued its slow recovery in December 2010 as nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent during the month, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — …

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Questions about Criminal Records of Job Applicants Become More Difficult for Employers to Ask

by Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor Employers have become increasingly aware of the importance of knowing if a job applicant has a criminal record since they have a legal duty to make reasonable inquiries about who they hire in order to provide a safe workplace. An employer …

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Provider Fined $376,000 in Case Showing Need for Extensive Nursing Home Employee Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor An Indiana provider has been hit with $376,000 in penalties – which Indiana officials call one of the biggest fines of its kind – for employing several individuals at nursing homes who either had been convicted of criminal offenses or stripped of their licenses. According to a news report, the …

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Experts Reveal Best Practices for Running Credit Checks during Employment Screening

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A recent article from Inc.com, ‘How to Run a Credit Check,’ reveals best practices from experts for every step of the credit check process during employment screening so that employers may check the financial stability of potential employees. According to the Inc.com article, employers using credit …

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Employers Discover Fast and Cheap Online Background Checks Using Criminal Databases Not Always Accurate or Legal

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor According to an age old platitude, “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is,” so employers should be wary of fast and cheap online criminal background checks that promise accurate and legal information on job applicants at the click …

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Background Check Industry Has Changed Much in Years from 2000 to 2010

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor With the end of the year 2010 now upon us, the time seems right to look back at how much the background check industry has changed since the year 2000. In slightly over a decade, background checks have gone from a luxury to a necessity, from a primarily  government …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President Lester Rosen to Speak on Risks of Using Social Networking Sites like Facebook for Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor Lester Rosen, founder and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading provider of background checks accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), will speak about ‘The Risks of Using Social Networking for Employment Background Screening’ at the January monthly meeting for the …

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Background Checks of Temporary Workers Cause for Concern for Employers as Hiring Increases

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor Many employers do not realize they potentially face the same exposure from vendors, independent contractors, and temporary employees from staffing firms as they do from their own full-time employees when it comes to negligent hiring lawsuits. Risk management controls of employers often …

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Court Decision Clarifies that a Bankruptcy can be Used as Part of Pre-Employment Background Check for Private Employers

A new decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has clarified the issue of whether a private employer can legally consider a job applicant’s bankruptcy under U.S bankruptcy law in making an employment decision. The Court ruled that when it comes to private employers, Congress intentionally only protected current employees …

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