New Study on Impact of Past Criminal Record on New Employment Creates More Questions Than it Answers

A new study just released by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University has attempted to devise a model to quantify the relevance of a criminal record for employment on the basis that the importance of a past criminal record recedes over time when a person is not re-arrested. The study looks to develop a methodology to …

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Beware of Rip-off web sites

A web site came to our attention that makes outright falsehoods to the public when it comes to criminal records.  It says: A COMPLETE AND CONCISE CRIMINAL RECORD REPORT  Our 50 State Criminal History Search Is Generated Using Federal, State And County Databases Containing Over 1.2 Billion Criminal Records Which Are 100% Accurate, Reliable And …

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ESR Article on Trends, Developments and Best Practices Featured in Leading International Security Magazine

Security Management Magazine, the official publication of ASIS international, featured an article on background screening by ESR as a cover story in its May, 2009 edition.  ASIS International is considered the preeminent international organization for security professionals.  The article can be found at http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/how-avoid-hiring-mishaps-005529 The article, authored by ESR President Lester Rosen, was titled, “How …

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New UTAH Privacy Laws Impact Employers and May Show Future Trends

Utah is the latest state to pass tough new privacy laws with it come 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 new law prohibits an employer above 15 employees from collecting an applicant’s social security number, date of birth …

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Why Interviews Are Not an Effective Means to Tell if a Job Applicant is Lying on their Resume or Job Application

Even if Diogenes had found an honest person, there is a body of modern evidence that suggests it is difficult for anyone, from ancient philosophers to modern day employers, to use an interview to determine who is really who. Employers have a distinct challenge when it comes to spotting liars; industry statistics suggest that as …

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Rules for Federal Contractor's Use of E-Verify May Face Delay Again

According to an article on the webpage for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the long awaited rules for the use of E-Verify by federal contractors may be delayed again as a result of new court filings the Department of Justice (DOJ).  See the story at: http://www.shrm.org/Publications/HRNews/Pages/EVerifyAgain.aspx 

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Due Diligence and Temporary Workers—Background Checks are Still Critical

An excellent article appeared in the Abilene Biz today about the trend for employers to hire temporary workers in these uncertain times. See: http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/jun/01/biz-matters-hire-or-use-temp/ The gist of the story is that employers that are uncertain about the future, can lessen their risk by hiring temporary workers. However, employers need to realize however that just because …

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Webinar: Avoiding Bad Hires: Strategies For Exercising And Rating Your Due Diligence

Kennedy Information, the leading source on all things related to recruiting, is presenting a national Professional Development webinar on, “Avoiding Bad Hires: Strategies For Exercising And Rating Your Due Diligence.” The presentation is set for Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 1 p.m. (ET).  The presenter is ESR President Lester Rosen. According to Kennedy Information: “Let’s …

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The Dangers of "do-it-yourself" Background Checks: Another Easy Way for Employers to Get Sued

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article on do-it-yourself  online background check sites that allow people to do their own background checks online. S ee: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124286773775841705.html In order to make sure that employers reading the article had an understanding of the impact of using these sites for employment screening purposes, ESR posted the followng brief comment …

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Credit Report Red Flag Rules Address Discrepancies Easy as 1,2,3

Questions have been sent in by employers who receive Credit Reports as to what to do with the RED FLAG ADDRESS MISMATCH alerts.  This all came about from new Federal regulations that took effect late last year to curb ID Theft. The resolution for your company is as Easy as 1, 2, 3. First, have …

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