ESR Webinar Shows How to Avoid Legal Landmines If Using Social Media Like Facebook and LinkedIn for Employment Screening

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President, Author, and Speaker Lester Rosen to Educate Employers, Recruiters, and HR Professionals on Proper Use of Social Networking Sites during Background Checks By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading employment screening firm based in the San Francisco area, will present a webinar featuring ESR’s …

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Credit Reports of Job Applicants May Not Always Be So Important To Employers

Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen Quoted on SFGate.com By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Recently, a blog on SFGate.com by Personal Finance Authority Erica Sandberg – Can you get a job with bad credit? The answer may surprise you. – addressed a reader who was concerned how her damaged credit would affect her …

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FTC Proposes Revisions to Notices Consumer Reporting Agencies Provide to Consumers, and Users and Furnishers of Credit Report Information

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer According to a news release on its website, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is proposing revisions to the notices that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) provide to consumers, and also to users and furnishers of credit report information under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The proposed changes are …

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More Cities Ban The Box Asking about Criminal Records on Job Applications

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer  According to a recent report from the National League of Cities (NLC) and National Employment Law Project (NELP), an increasing number of cities have decided to “ban the box” and remove questions on job applications asking about criminal records. The July 2010 report – “Cities Pave the Way: …

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CNN and WSJ News Stories Show Background Checks Occur at Intersection of Security and Privacy

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Recently, two news stories about background checks from very different angles appeared in two major media outlets – CNN and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) – on the same day. The CNN story – “Investigation: Could background check have prevented alleged rape?” – …

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Is JetBlue Flight Attendant Who Took Off Symbol of U.S. Worker at Breaking Point?

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Are many employees in America overworked, underappreciated, and at a breaking point? Recently, a Jet Blue Flight Attendant “took off” from his job in a very memorable way. According to conflicting reports, after an alleged confrontation with an uncooperative passenger as the plane taxied to a gate at JFK …

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New Massachusetts Law Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications

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 after Governor Deval Patrick signed into law new legislation prohibiting employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which includes criminal charges, arrests, …

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July Jobs Report Shows Private Sector Gained More Than 70,000 Jobs

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer The jobs report for the month of July shows gains in private sector employment opportunities, but offers mixed results overall. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that while private-sector payroll employment edged up by 71,000 in July, the total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 131,000 during …

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Credit Checks More Common During Employment Background Checks But Are They Always Necessary?

MSNBC Article Quotes Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer According to a recent article on MSNBC — Job Candidates Undergoing Credit Scrutiny — applicants applying for jobs these days can expect prospective employers to verify resume information, contact references, possibly do a criminal background check, and even be …

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ESR Releases Free Online Structured Interview Generator Tool Available to Employers, Recruiters and Human Resources

By Lester Rosen, ESR President (Originally posted on HR.Tolbox.com) A new free online tool allows employers to easily create custom interview guides with an interview generator form. One of the problems that face employers of all sizes is preparing for interviews. Most recruiters, human resources professionals and hiring managers are now familiar with the notion …

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