Caution! Using Search Engines, MySpace or Facebook for Hiring Decisions May Be Hazardous to Your Business

By Les Rosen Employment Screening Resources (www.ESRcheck.com) Employers and recruiters have uncovered what appears to be a treasure trove of applicant information on the internet. By searching the internet and social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace, recruiters feel they are effectively able to look under the hood and try to get into an …

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ESR Releases Its Second Annual Top Ten Trends in the Screening Industry (2009 Edition)

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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Stacy the Drunken Pirate – a Federal Court Case in the MySpace Age

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. An opinion was rendered by the United States District Court …

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New York Passes Four New Rules Affecting Background Checks to Help Ex-Offenders Have a Second Chance

Effective February 1, 2009, three (3) new rules go into effect in the State of New York designed to give ex-offenders a second chance of entering the workforce.  These rules affect both employers and background firms.  A fourth law, effective September, 2008, gives employers some additional protections against lawsuits for negligent hiring if they can …

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The Story Behind the Story-Why States and Cities are Concerned about Second Chances for Ex-Offenders

There is an increasing awareness in the United States that ex-offenders are having difficulty obtaining jobs due to their criminal records.  Although employers have a duty to exercise due diligence to promote a safe workplace, civil rights laws also do not permit employers to automatically disqualify someone with a criminal record before considering if there …

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How a Simple Background Check Could Have Saved Investors $340 Million

A shocking story in the December 7, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle recounts how investors lost $340 million, over one-third of a billion dollars, invested in a start-up firm that went bankrupt due to a dysfunctional CEO named John P. Rogers that was only minimally background checked. The firm was developing “pay by touch” machines for …

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Everyone at ESR wishes you a Happy Holiday Season.

ESR will be closed this year the days after Thanksgiving (11/27 and 28), Christmas (12/25 and 26) and New Years (1/1 and 2) in Observation of those holidays. Please contact Customer Service if you have any questions. New Group Forms to Promote Privacy Protection by Agreeing not to Send Data Offshore An important issue for …

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