EEOC Public Meeting Explores Use of Credit Histories of Job Applicants for Employment Background Screening

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a press release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC held a public Commission meeting on Wednesday, October 20 to hear testimony from representatives of various groups, social scientists, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the growing use of credit histories of job …

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New Research Finds Companies Using Employment Background Screening Experience 60 Percent Better Quality of Hire Compared to Companies without Screening

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A recently published new study on employment background screening has found that organizations using automated tools for background checking, employment and education verification, and reference checking experienced 60 percent better quality of hire compared to those without employment background screening solutions in place. The new report from Aberdeen Group, …

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Hot Off the Press: EEOC To Hear Testimony on Employer Use of Credit Reports as Background Screening Tool at Open Meeting on October 20

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it will hold a meeting Wednesday, October 20, 2010 to hear testimony about employer use of credit reports as a background screening tool and to investigate the practice of using credit histories as employment screening devices. According to various news releases …

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Former Texas A & M Administrator Charged with Fraudulent or Fictitious Degree for Allegedly Lying on Resume and Job Application

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The Brazos County (TX) Attorney has filed formal charges against a former top-level Texas A&M Administrator after a background check found he allegedly lied on his resume and job application documents about his degrees and military service. According to a report on KBTX.com Channel 3 serving Bryan and College …

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DHS and ICE Announce Record Figures for Fiscal Year 2010 Including 500 Percent Increase in Worksite Enforcement Penalties and Near Doubling of I-9 Audits

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Recently, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced that ICE worksite enforcement statistics climbed to historically high record numbers in Fiscal Year 2010 – from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010 – with more audits of …

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Credit Report Case Demonstrates Challenges in Reporting OFAC Terrorist Information in a Background Screening Report

A case involving a consumer credit report used in an automobile purchase demonstrates the potential dangers of terrorist database searches commonly used by background firms. This appears to be the first case in the nation dealing with use of terrorist databases by credit bureaus under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and provides guidance …

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U.S. Supreme Court Ponders Question Whether Employment Background Checks by Government Ever Too Invasive

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A Law Blog on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website asks if there are limits to what the government can ask during background checks for employees of defense contractors and at what point – if any – does a government background check into the drug …

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Publishes New E-Verify User Manuals

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released several newly revised E-Verify publications – including the popular E-Verify User Manual for Federal Contractors (M-574) and E-Verify User Manual for Employers (M-775) – that offer instructions for using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that assists employers with electronic employment eligibility …

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September 2010 Jobs Report Shows Private Sector Added 64,000 Jobs Marking 9th Straight Month of Private Sector Growth

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The private sector continues to trend up modestly and lead economic recovery, according to the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor (DOL) that showed the private sector added 64,000 jobs in September 2010. During a speech the same day as the release of the report, President Barack …

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Jared Callahan of Employment Screening Resources to Speak at Session on Criminal Record Reporting at NAPBS 2010 Mid-Year Meeting in La Jolla CA on October 12

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Jared Callahan, Director of Client Relations at San Francisco area-based Employment Screening Resources (ESR), the company that literally wrote the book on background checks, will speak at a session titled ‘Criminal Record Reporting from an Operational Perspective’ at the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) 2010 Mid-Year Meeting …

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