International Background Checks and International Screening for Employment and Education Verification

Employers have long recognized that conducting due diligence on new hires is a mission- critical task. Firms cannot afford to be sidetracked by employee problems such as workplace violence, theft, false resumes, embezzlement, harassment or trumped-up injury claims. Employers can be the subject of lawsuits for negligent hiring if they hire someone that they should …

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California Sex Offender Search Employment Screening Background Check

The use of the California Sexual Registration listing, commonly known as Megan’s Law, is widespread among employers.  However, there is a little known provision in California that may actually limit an employer’s legal use of that information in some situations. The Megan’s Law was first passed in 1996.   Originally, information on sex offenders that …

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Dangers of Using a Screening Firm That Uses a Home Based Operator Network

Some employers have assumed that all background firms are the same, so you may as well just select the cheapest.  That is the same thing as saying you should pick a lawyer or any other provider of professional service just based upon price. The reality is that background screening is a knowledge-based0A professional service, and …

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Australian Court Says Facebook can be used to Serve Legal Papers

Just when you thought you heard everything, along comes a story off the AP wire from Australia about a court approving the use of Facebook to serve legal papers. Consumers that were worried that their social networking site was being used by employers now have to worry that Facebook or MySpace may be used by …

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The Rush to Source Candidates from Internet and Social Networking Sites

A new article by Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen has appeared in the Recruiting  Trends blog, sponsored by Kennedy Information for the purpose of providing leading edge insights and strategies for the recruiting professional.  The blog offers articles by thought leaders and experts in the area of talent management and recruiting. The article is …

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New Utah Privacy Laws Impact Employers and May Show Future Trend

Utah is the latest state to pass tough new privacy laws when it comes to Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Utah passed a new law effective May 12, 2009 called ‘The Employment Selection Procedures Act.’  See: http://le.utah.gov/~2009S1/bills/hbillenr/hb1002.htm The law prohibits an employer with more than 15 employees from collecting an applicant’s social security number, date of …

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Debate: Can a business connection site be more valuable then a resume?

According to some bloggers, the suggestion has been made that using business connections sites is more accurate then resumes, since a candidate is not as likely to lie on an online service where many friends and colleagues may see it. Looking at business connection sites during the recruiting or selection stage can certainly be another …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announces that its President will Present at 2009 SHRM Conference

Employment Screening Resources,  a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced that its president, Lester S. Rosen, will be presenting at the 2009 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans on July 1, 2009.  This is the 61st annual SHRM Conference and …

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Has Bozeman, Montana Gone To Far? Requiring Access to Social Network Sites Can Open up a Pandora's Box of Legal Issues

According to a story published online by the Christian Science Monitor, the City of Bozeman, Montana has “requested that candidates provide their username and passwords for social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The application asks that candidates “list any and all current personal or business Web sites, web pages, or memberships on …

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Texas Lawsuit Accuses Apartment Owner of Negligence in Hiring Register Sex Offender as Maintenance Worker that Raped 14 Year Old Girl

According to a storey in the Southeastern Texas Record, a lawsuit has been filed against an apartment building owner in the rape of a tenant, a 14 year old girl, by a maintenance worker that was a registered sex offender.  It was alleged that the employee repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim at knifepoint for an …

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