Past employment verifications and defamation

A Tale of Two References-One Makes You Liable for Damages and the Other Does Not In a 2008 federal appeals case, two past medical employers gave past employment information for the same anesthesiologist. After the anesthesiologist, Dr. Robert Berry, moved on to yet another hospital, he botched a routine 15 minute procedure, leaving a patient …

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Hawaii Latest State to Put Limits on Use of Credit Reports

Over the Governor’s veto, the Hawaiian legislature passed a new law effective July 1, 2009 that put limits on the use of employment credit history or credit reports unless it “directly related to a bona fide occupations qualification,” or falls under another exception. The bill amends the Hawaiian Fair Employment Practices Act by making it …

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Background Checks for Banks and Financial Institutions

Background check expert Lester Rosen of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) has provided an in-depth interview, as well as an online presentation, for BankInfoSecuirty, the top reference tool for the Banking Information Security Community. “Today, hiring on gut instinct isn’t an acceptable practice; there’s simply too much at stake,” Mike D’Agostino, Marketing Manager at Information Security …

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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Present at Seattle Conference on Social Networking sites

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 before the prestigious Staffing Management Association (SMA) of Seattle on September 16, 2009.  SMA’s mission is to present practical and relevant information by bringing in top-notch recruiting and retention …

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Background checks and your career

Two recent articles on the leading career site, The Ladders, feature background screening expert Lester Rosen on the role that employment screening may play in a job search.  The Ladders is the world’s largest community catering exclusively to the $100k+ job market.  According to the articles by author Kevin Fogarty:  Recruiters and investigators who conduct …

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Employment Screening Expert Lester Rosen interviewed on privacy

Employment screening expert Lester Rosen will be the guest on a leading radio show dedicated to privacy on September 2, 2009.  The show, “Privacy Piracy,” is broadcast Wednesday afternoon from 5-6 PM, line, Pacific Time on 88.9 FM in Irvine and WORLDWIDE live audio streaming at www.kuci.org   See: http://www.kuci.org/privacypiracy/ The show is hosted by Mari …

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employment screening and liars at interviews

An article on NPR, “Spotting Lies: Listen, Don’t Look,” confirms what ESR has been advising employers for some time: people are not nearly as good a they think they are at detecting liars.  Even highly trained interviewers can make mistakes. See:   http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111809280  This article underscores again that employers are at a big disadvantage if they are relying …

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Basics of credit reports and background checks

There is a great deal of misinformation on the internet about credit reports and job hunting.  It is important to keep in mind that employers are not trying to find ways to eliminate people from jobs. A background check including a credit report is only run AFTER an employer has gone through the time, cost …

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Criminal Records, Employment and Employment Applications

Employers have become increasingly aware of the importance of knowing if an applicant has a criminal record. Employers have a legal duty to make reasonable inquiries about who they hire, and to provide a safe workplace. An employer who hires a person with a criminal record can be found liable for negligent hiring where the …

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Employment Screening is our only business

In reviewing the Internet, it is clear there are a number of screening firms that advertise their service.  Although there are many excellent screening firms, when doing some digging, it also appears that there are some firms that are  background screening firms in name only.  ESR only does one thing—pre-employment screening background checks.  ESR is not …

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