New Florida Law Strengthens Background Checks for Caregivers Starting August 1

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer Starting August 1, a new law will require workers who care for children, the elderly, and the disabled in the state of Florida to undergo stricter background checks. According to a report in the Sun Sentinel, House Bill 7069, passed unanimously by the Legislature and signed by Governor …

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E-Verify Website Redesign Coming June 13

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States has announced that “big changes” are coming to E-Verify on June 13 that will enhance the electronic employment eligibility verification systems usability, security, accuracy, and efficiency. According to ‘E-Verify Redesign …

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Former INS, ICE Heads Agree E-Verify Should Be Mandatory for Employers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer Two former heads of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appearing together on a National Public Radio (NPR) program agreed that the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system should be mandatory for U.S. employers, according to a transcript of the radio show …

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New Legislation Would Make Companies Inform Customers When Calls Outsourced Outside U.S.

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer Ever wonder if the customer service call center at the other end of your phone is located in the U.S., or what foreign country it is located in if outside of the U.S.? Newly proposed legislation would make companies inform customers when their calls are being transferred outside the …

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May 2010 Employment Report Shows 431,000 Jobs Added But Mostly Temporary Work for Census

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that employment grew by 431,000 jobs in May, but that number was mostly due to the hiring of 411,000 temporary census workers for the once-in-a-decade Census 2010. According to THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2010, private-sector employment changed little, with 41,000 …

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New Case Demonstrates How the Details are Everything if Taking Adverse Action on a Current Employee Due to a Background Check

A new federal district court case demonstrates the importance of handling the adverse action process correctly when terminating an existing employee due to an unsatisfactory background check. In the case decided on February 26, 2010 by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17373), an employer ran a …

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ESR Provides Information to Job Applicants on Background Checks and Credit Reports

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Job applicants need all the information they can get on the subjects of credit reports and background checks, especially when credit report checks by some employers for certain job positions during employment background checks could mean the difference in finding work. Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading national pre-employment …

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FTC Extends Enforcement Deadline for Identity Theft Red Flags Rule To December 31

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has further delaying enforcement of the Red Flags Rule for identity theft scheduled to begin on June 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. According to a FTC news release, the delay of the Red Flags Rule for identity theft to the end of the year …

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NY Times Editorial Focuses On Flawed FBI Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A recent New York Times editorial – Check It Again – focused on a new bill in the House of Representatives that would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to verify and correct criminal data before issuing background checks for employment purposes, thus fixing the problem of many …

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Census Bureau Adopts Stricter Rules for Background Screening of Census Workers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Following two recent incidents concerning census workers endangering U.S. citizens – including an attack of a disabled young woman allegedly by a census taker in Indiana and a registered sex offender using an alias to get a job as a census taker in New Jersey – the U.S. Census …

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