Using Online Referencing Tools and Background Checks to Optimize Employee Selection – Part 1

Part 1 By Lester Rosen, ESR President Identifying applicants that are the right fit and have the right knowledge, skill, and abilities to do the job is a perennial challenge for employers. In pre-industrial society, the problem was generally solved by either hiring someone that the employer knew, basing the hiring decision upon a personal …

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From the ESR Mailbox: Employment Applications and Questions about Past Criminal Convictions

By Lester Rosen, ESR President From the ESR mailbox: Our HR department is changing our application form so that an applicant only has to answer questions about any criminal matter going back seven years. They say that this is required under the laws of many states, including California. Are they right? Answer: The issue of …

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Family of Michael Jackson Files Suit Claiming Death of Singer Caused by Negligent Hiring and Retention of Doctor

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a post on The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog, the family of deceased singer Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit against event production company AEG Live and others claiming they are responsible for the pop idol’s death because his contract with AEG for …

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Bus Company Sued for Discrimination against African-Americans and Latinos

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A class action lawsuit backed by nation’s largest union of mass transit workers – the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) – asserts that a major provider of bus services violated federal race discrimination laws in its operations because workers with criminal records were barred from …

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Arizona Nightclub Uses Background Checks to Tighten Security

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Patrons of nightclubs are usually prepared to have their driver’s licenses checked to prove they are old enough to drink, pay a cover charge, and adhere to a dress code, but undergo a background check? According to an article posted on the Arizona Daily Star website, the Pearl Nightclub …

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Author and Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen to Present Two Sessions at PIHRA Pacific West HR Conference in Pasadena CA on September 22

President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Lester Rosen to review hot button issues HR Professionals face during hiring including international background checks, discrimination, privacy, and use of social networking sites for background checks. By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), the San Francisco area firm …

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Employment Screening Expert Lester Rosen to Speak on Benefits of Employee Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Speaker and Author Lester Rosen, Founder and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), the firm that literally wrote the book on background checks, will be featured on a show titled “Whom Do You Trust? The Benefits of Employee Background Screening” on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 9AM Pacific Time, …

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Suspended Employee Suspected of Killing Two Co-Workers in Workplace Violence Incident

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog In yet another tragic case that adds to the recent rise in workplace violence incidents, a recently suspended employee who had worked at a Kraft Foods plant in Philadelphia, PA for the past 15 years is suspected of killing two co-workers while wounding a third. According to a report in …

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Labor Department Report Shows Job Openings Rose in July after Two Months of Declines

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog In a positive sign that companies may increase hiring soon, the U.S. Labor Department reports that the number of jobs advertised rose in July after two months of declines. The Labor Department’s ‘Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey’ (JOLTS) showed that the number of jobs advertised rose by 6.2 …

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Employers Should Be Wary of Cheap or Instant Online Criminal Background Checks

By Lester Rosen, ESR President  Numerous internet sites have sprung up in recent years promising cheap or instant background checks that deliver criminal information on anyone. These sites utilize a so-called “National Criminal database” and vendors of such databases typically claim to have compiled millions of records from every state so users can know if someone …

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