April 2010 Jobs Report Shows Highest Labor Force Increase in Four Years

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer In yet another possible sign that the “Great Recession” may be ending and that the “Great Recovery” has begun, U.S. employers added significantly more jobs to payrolls in April, the largest number of jobs added to the labor force since March 2006. The economy has now added jobs in …

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Tennessee Considers Background Checks for Ice Cream Truck Drivers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream – but how many people consider the possible criminal backgrounds of the ice cream truck drivers bringing that delicious treat to screaming kids waiting by the side of the road on hot summer days? Apparently lawmakers in Tennessee do, according to …

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USCIS Issues Revised FAQ for E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule and FAR Clause

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a revised list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause calling for the use of the E-Verify verification system. The revised FAQ can be reached by clicking here. …

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Credit Reporting Agency Fights to Preserve Use of Credit Checks during Employment Background Checks

By Lester Rosen, President of ESR & Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer With 15 million workers currently unemployed according to recent Department of Labor statistics, it has been argued that job applicants risk getting caught in a Catch-22 situation where they have bad credit because they cannot get jobs but cannot get jobs because they …

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Arizona Governor Signs Controversial Immigration Law that Includes Strict Use of E-Verify by Employers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a controversial law that would require police officers to question anyone that they have reason to believe may be in the country illegally, while also directing employers to keep verification records of employee work eligibility through the E-Verify electronic eligibility verification system and …

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EEOC Warns Employers of Increase in Discrimination Lawsuits Based on Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer As a recently filed lawsuit alleging one of the largest management consulting firms in the world conducted discriminatory background checks against African-Americans and Latinos shows, employers need to fully understand the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policies regarding the use of background checks during the pre-employment screening process …

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Arizona Senate Passes Tough Immigration Bill That Includes Stricter Rules on E-Verify Usage

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer The Arizona senate has passed a controversial bill that – along with requiring law enforcement officers to question anyone that they have reason to believe might be in the country illegally – would direct employers to keep verification records of employee work eligibility through the government’s E-Verify electronic eligibility …

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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Presents Webinar on How Social Media Use During Employment Screening Can Trigger Privacy Lawsuits

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading international employment screening background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, will present a national webinar for a leading business information site on employment screening on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST. …

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Jury Finds Housing Authority Negligent in Murder of Elderly Woman after Tenant Background Check Misses Criminal Past of Neighbor

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer In a story that shows the importance of using overlapping tools to do criminal background checks, a jury recently ruled that negligence by the Housing Authority in a North Carolina city led to an elderly woman’s death at the hands of her crack cocaine addicted neighbor in 2007. A story …

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Discrimination Lawsuit Shows Importance of Employer Policy on the Use of Criminal Records During Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A recently filed class action lawsuit “ which alleges that one of the largest management consulting firms in the world conducted background checks that discriminated against African-Americans and Latinos“ underscores the importance of employers understanding the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policy regarding the use of criminal records …

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