Background Checks of Coaches, Officials, and Volunteers at Youth Groups Help Protect Children

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor A recent news story on Star-Telegram.com, the website of the Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram newspaper, shows the importance of background checks for people who work closely with youths and other “at-risk” groups.  While coaches and officials with youth sports groups are entrusted to watch over children and serve as …

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New CA Law Regulates Offshoring Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of Consumers Used in Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor A recently signed California law appears to be the first in the United States to regulate the “offshoring” of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of U.S. consumers used during background checks – such as names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers (SSNs), and financial data – overseas and outside …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Provides Six Critical Steps for Job Applicants with Criminal Pasts Re-Entering Job Market

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor Just how much information an employer should be able to learn about the criminal past of a job applicant has become an increasingly controversial subject in the current economic downturn, when finding work is tough enough even for a job seeker with a spotless …

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Challenges of Drug Testing Employees for Prescription Drugs Revealed in NY Times Article

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor The story of a woman who lost her job after working more than two decades at an automotive plant because of a failed drug test in which she tested positive for a legally prescribed drug is revealed in a recent  New York Times article, ‘Drug Testing Poses Quandary for Employers.’ The woman’s …

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Federal Court Rules Unnecessary Repetition of Single Criminal Incident can be Misleading and be the Basis of an Allegation for Punitive Damages Against Background Screening Firm

A case decided by a federal district court demonstrates the need for background screening firms to exercise reasonable procedures for maximum possible accuracy in order to avoid lawsuits for punitive damages.  In that case, the plaintiff alleged among other things that his background report unnecessarily repeated information about a single criminal incident multiple times, so …

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues Final Regulations for Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Prohibiting Use of Genetic Information in Employment Decisions

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued final regulations implementing the Title II employment provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) that prohibits use of genetic information to make decisions about health insurance and employment, and restricts the acquisition …

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Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announce Anti-Fraud Enhancements to E-Verify Employment Verification Program

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas have announced the expansion of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program’s capabilities to include U.S. passport photo matching which will enable E-Verify to automatically check the validity and authenticity of all …

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New Security Survey Finds Nearly One-Third of Healthcare Organizations Had At Least One Known Case of Medical Identity Theft

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A new survey released in November on security at healthcare organizations has revealed that nearly one-third of respondents said their healthcare organization had at least one known case of medical identity theft, and that some cases the medical identity theft may never be reported. According to the 3rd Annual …

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Saginaw County MI Ready to Ban the Box Questioning Job Applicants about Criminal Pasts on Job Applications

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Saginaw County, Michigan appears poised to join the growing “Ban the Box” movement by voting to remove questions – and the box to be checked when answering – regarding criminal pasts of job applicants on county government employment applications. As reported in stories on mlive.com, the Saginaw County Board …

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Ohio Governor Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Use of Public Funds for Practice of Offshore Outsourcing Known as Offshoring

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has issued an executive order that prohibits the expenditure of public funds for services provided offshore and beyond the boundaries of the United States and its territories – a practice known as Offshore Outsourcing or “Offshoring” – a move that is a reaction to public …

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