Ohio Business Owner Ordered to Repay Nearly $750,000 for Forging Employee Criminal Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News In yet another case of falsified or outright phony background checks, a business owner in Ohio was ordered to repay nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for forging criminal background checks for employees of her home health-care business. According to a blog post on Cleveland.com, the online home of The …

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August 2010 Jobs Report Better Than Expected as Private Sector Adds 67,000 Jobs

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Private-sector employment continued its modest upward trend with the addition of 67,000 jobs, and has increased by an average of 72,000 jobs per month over the past 4 months, according to a report from the US. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS “THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – AUGUST …

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BBB Warns Jobseekers of Job Scams Involving Background Checks and Credit Reports

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News As if it isn’t tough enough finding a job with the unemployment rate around 10 percent, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a warning to jobseekers about scammers taking advantage of the current weak economy by targeting unemployed people desperate to work, scams including false background checks and unnecessary …

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Some Employers Rejecting Job Applicants Outright Because of Online Images Found in Social Networking Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Could what job applicants post on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter affect their chances of finding employment? A recent story on HuffingingtonPost.com – Rejected Outright for the Job Because of Their Online Image – details how a business strategist was helping a client with some key hires …

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ESR Webinar with NCHRA Reveals Legal Risks of Using Social Network Sites for Employee Screening

ESR President, Speaker, and Author Lester Rosen Shows How Use of Social Networking Sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for Employment Screening can Present Legal Risks Including Privacy and Discrimination Issues By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a premier provider of background checks and drug testing based in the …

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Former College Basketball Star Indicted for Alleged Background Check and Jobs Scam

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer A former college basketball star in Michigan has been indicted for his alleged role in a background check and jobs scam where applicants paid fees for background checks that were never performed for jobs for which no applicants were ever hired. According to a report on the Lansing …

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Germany Proposes Law Restricting Employers from Using Facebook when Recruiting

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer According to a recent article in the NY Times, the German government has proposed placing restrictions on employers who wish to view the profiles of job applicants on wildly popular social networking sites such as Facebook when recruiting. The Times reports that the proposal to limit the use …

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Pennsylvania and New Jersey Forwarding E-Verify Legislation to Stop Employment of Unauthorized Workers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer In an effort to stop the employment of unauthorized workers, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have introduced legislation for E-Verify, the web-based Employment Eligibility Verification System run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). E-Verify lets employers electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees by comparing information …

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Defense Department Report on Fort Hood Shooting Calls for More Education about Workplace Violence

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer In the wake of the tragic shooting spree on November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas that took the lives of 13 military personnel and wounded 32 others, the Department of Defense (DoD) is calling for more education about workplace violence as part of its final review of …

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DOT Amends Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug Testing Effective October 1, 2010

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer According to a recently published final rule in the Federal Register, The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is amending procedures for transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs in an effort to create consistency with many new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services …

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