Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen Presents Session at 69th Annual HR Southwest Conference in Ft. Worth TX on October 13

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Author, speaker, and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), the company that literally wrote the book on background checks, will present a session titled ‘Background Checks: Trends, Best Practices, and Legal Developments’ at the 69th Annual HR Southwest Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas on …

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New Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Prohibits Employers from Asking About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications Starting November 4

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Starting November 4, 2010, employers in Massachusetts will no longer be able to ask about convictions on “initial” job applications. In August 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law new legislation that prohibits employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which …

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Employment Screening Resources President Presents Webinar on Background Screening Best Practices with IOMA Institute of Finance and Management

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Author, speaker, and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), the company that literally wrote the book on background checks, will present a webinar titled ‘Background Screening Best Practices: How to Use the Web to Conduct Searches & Avoid Legal Landmines’ with the Institute of …

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Employment Screening Resources President To Present Session at 56th ASIS International Annual Seminar on Risks of Using Social Networks to Screen Applicants

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Author, speaker, and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled “Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants” at the 56th Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, …

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Social Network Background Checks of Job Applicants Present Challenges for Employers and Recruiters

By Lester Rosen, ESR President It appears that a new industry is popping up, whereby employers can go to third party firms that will scour the internet and locate and assemble a dossier on an applicant’s cyber identity.  These “social network background checks” will search social networking sites like Facebok and Twitter, blogs, and anywhere else on …

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CA Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bill Limiting Use of Credit Reports for Employment Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog To the relief of a number of California employers, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill passed by the California Legislature– AB 482 – that would have limited the use of credit reports by employers during employment background checks. Assembly Bill (AB) 482 would have prohibited employers from …

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Error in Criminal Database Search during Background Check Falsely Labels Candidate a Crook

By  Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A story from south Florida demonstrates how criminal results found in database searches during background checks may be incorrect and the problems and embarrassment that can result from such mistakes. According to a report on NBCMiami.com, a candidate running for Cooper City, FL commission named David Nall was falsely labeled a …

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FedEx Named In Lawsuit That Includes Claim of Negligent Hiring and Retention of Truck Driver

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a report from KECI NBC 13 in Missoula, Montana, the family of a volunteer firefighter killed in a 2008 crash has filed a lawsuit claiming that FedEx, the world’s largest express transportation company, and the owner of the semi truck that killed …

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Recent Trend Shows Women Increasingly Becoming Involved in Workplace Violence Incidents

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Some experts believe that an emerging trend of women as workplace killers may be indicated by recent cases including a September 2010 incident in which a woman allegedly killed coworkers at the baking plant in Philadelphia where she worked after being suspended from her job. A story on The Philadelphia Inquirer …

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Using Online Referencing Tools and Background Checks to Optimize Employee Selection – Part 2

Read Part 1 Part 2 By Lester Rosen, ESR President At the end of Part 1 of this blog, the question arose from some hiring managers as to whether automated reference services like Checkster could replace the type of employment verifications performed by background firms. The short answer is no. Although services from Checkster and similar …

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