E-Verify Rules for Federal Contractors Officially in Effect

After a series of delays, the rules that require many federal contractors to utilize the E-Verify system to verify eligibility to work is in full force and effect as of September 9, 2009.  See:  http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm#2  According to a publication from the Department of Homeland Security: E-Verify is a free, Internet-based system operated by DHS in …

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Employment Screening Expert Lester Rosen To Present at National Webinar on Latest Trends in Background Checks

Employment Screening Resources,  a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced that its president, Lester Rosen, will be presenting a national webinar on November 18, 2009, on “New Legal Hotspots and Latest Trends in Employment Screening Background Checks.” The webinar is sponsored by IOMA, an independent source of exclusive …

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Social Media Policy Tips

Guest blog:  ESR invites partners to provide guest blogs. The following is an articles on Social Medial Policy Tips:  As Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and other such sites become more ingrained in our daily lives and habits, employers are scrambling to incorporate guidelines for responsible social media use into company policy manuals. But do …

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Aviation Airlines Background Checks

A recent article in Aviation Week focused on airlines and background checks quotes employment Screening Resources on the importance of screening for the aviation and airline industry.    The article is, “The Art of Background Checks,” by George C. Larson and can be found at: http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=bca&id=news/bca1009p3.xml&headline=The%20Art%20of%20Background%20Checks The article cites information provided by ESR: Les Rosen, president …

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Screening Vendors and Temporary Workers

A recent article in the SHRM 2008 Staffing Management Library underscores the need to screen even temporary hires.  Although many employers have well thought-out programs for their regular employees, temporary employees from staffing firms, 1099 workers or vendors pose similar risks.  The article explained why screening temporary employees is critical, and offers suggestions on how …

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The Basics of Criminal Records Searches

Searching for criminal records is much more complicated than it appears on the surface.  Contrary to popular belief, there is no central database available to most private employers to instantly find a person’s criminal record at one touch.  The FBI database is only available to employers that are legally authorized to submit fingerprints, the readouts …

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Court Case on Use of Social Networking Sites

As ESR has noted in numerous presentations on the use of social networking sites, such as Facebook or MySpace for employment, this is an evolving area of law that is still waiting for lawsuits to wind their ways through courts resulting in published judicial opinions.

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Annual Top Ten Trends in the Background Screening Industry

ESR has identified the following trends for 2009 in its second annual report on trends in the screening industry and safe hiring.  The full report is online at:  http://www.esrcheck.com/2009-trends-backgroundscreening-industry.php Increased Governmental Mandates: The federal and state governments for 2009 are likely to require more background checks, especially in sensitive industries.  In addition, right-to-work verification under …

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The Use of Home Operators

Some screening firms use home based operators to perform employment and education verifications.  That of course represents a big financial advantage for the screening firm.   They get cheap labor, and may even classify them as independent contractors in order to get even additional savings by not paying workers’ compensation, benefits or other costs associated with …

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Background Checks and Recruiters

A leading national Recruiting Blog by noted national recruiting and training expert John Vlastelica recently featured the role that a screening firm such as ESR can play for recruiters.  The blog, Recruiting Tool Box, is a management consulting and training firm that partners with HR and recruiting leaders to build and deploy the right recruiting …

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