National Criminal Databases Always Work On TV Crime Dramas, Not Always In Real Life

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer According to popular TV crime dramas, today’s investigators, along with old fashioned gut instincts,  use all technology at their disposal when it comes to tracking down and arresting the bad guys. One such technological advantage is a centrally located national computer database containing all past criminal records of anyone …

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DOL March 2010 Jobs Report Shows Economy Posted Strongest Job Gains of Past Three Years

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Possibly a sign that the down economy may finally be looking up, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that U.S. payrolls posted their strongest monthly job gains of the past three years in March of 2010. The Labor Department’s report – Employment Situation Summary, …

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New Oregon Law Prohibits Use of Credit History of Job Applicants for Employment Screening

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A newly signed law in Oregon prevents employers — with limited exceptions — from using the credit histories of job applicants in making employment-related decisions. Senate Bill (SB) 1045 — recently signed into law by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski — prohibits the use of credit history for employment purposes including hiring, …

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Study Finds Identity Theft and Fraud Increased 12 Percent in 2009, Affecting Over 11 Million Americans

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer As further proof that identity theft and fraud is a fast-growing crime that shows no sign of slowing down, a recent survey found that the number of identity theft and fraud victims in the United States increased 12 percent to affect 11.1 million adults in 2009, while the total …

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New CO Law Gives Ex-Convicts More of a Chance to Find Jobs and Employers Less of a Chance of Liability from Negligent Hiring

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A recent article in the Denver Business Journal reveals details about a little-known bill that may have a big impact on the business community in Colorado with regards to employer liability from negligent hiring. House Bill 10-1023 ‘Employer Liability Negligent Hiring’, recently signed into law by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, …

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Employment Screening Resources Announces Free Employer Background Check Tools

By Jared Callahan, Employment Screening Resources Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading national employment screening firm based in the San Francisco area, announced today that free tools available at the ESR Resources Center to help employers hire safe, honest, and qualified applicants. The ESR Resources Center provides employers with “All Things Background Checks.”   Employers can find among …

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New DHS Initiative Targets E-Verify Misuse and Discrimination by Employers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced three new initiatives to strengthen the efficiency and accuracy of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system, including a new agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will make it easier to investigate E-Verify misuse and discrimination by participating employers. Under …

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California Case Protects Constitutional Right of Background Screening Firm to Report Sex Offender Registration

A California Court of Appeals decision filed March 23, 2010 held that a background screening firm has a constitutional right to report that an applicant has appeared on the Megan’s Law website (MLW) as a registered sex offender.  The Court further held that under the California law, the prohibition on the use of such information …

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SHRM Surveys Reveal 3 Out Of 4 Businesses Conduct Reference Background Checks and Criminal Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A series of recent surveys from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reveals that when it comes to reference background checks and criminal background checks, approximately three out of four U.S. businesses perform these two types of background checks as part of their pre-employment screening programs. According to …

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Unrecognized, Fake and Dubious Online College Accrediting Agencies

As mentioned in earlier blogs by Employment Screening Resources (ESR), diploma mills and degree mills have created fake accreditation agencies to try to make fake degrees legitimate. According to one source, the following represents a listing of 30- plus agencies that employers may want to look at in more detail. This list is reprinted with …

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