I-9 Verification – An Extra Step for Safety

Your candidate’s background check is done. An offer of employment has been made and accepted. But there is one last step you can take to keep your workplace safe. I-9 Verification. The I-9 process itself has been required by the U.S. government for years. New procedures have been created by the federal Department of Homeland …

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Another Trap: The “Bait and Switch” Package

Another aspect of background screening that can confuse employers is the fact that there is no standardization as to what background firms are offering. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to compare offerings from different background firms without an insider’s knowledge of how screening works. For example, some screening firms offer a “package” where they …

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Trap for the Unwary: Choosing a Screening Firm (Data and Privacy Protection)

Despite significant attention in the U.S. on data and privacy protection, there is a major hole that most American consumers are not aware of: that a great deal of Personal and Identifiable Information (PII) is sent offshore for processing where there is no real protection. As a practical matter, once data on a U.S. resident …

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Tip of the month: Carefully Review the Application

Employee lawsuits often catch employers by surprise. Yet, an examination of the employee’s application shows that an employer could often have predicted, well in advance, that they were hiring a lawsuit just waiting to happen. By looking for the following ten (10) danger signals, an employer can avoid hiring a problem in the first place. …

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Anonymous E-mail Reference Checks—Another Way to Get Sued

Employers have been presented with yet another “new” and supposedly revolutionary hiring tool—reference checking done by e-mail. The idea is that each reference is promised that their evaluations will remain confidential and anonymous because the results are aggregated. Job candidates are the ones that select the references that get the e-mails. Instead of making phone …

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The “Social Trace” – What It Is and What It Isn’t

One of the most common questions among HR professionals is: What really is the Social Security Trace? Good question. We’re glad you asked because it is important to know what the “Social Trace” does and what it doesn’t do. It DOES find addresses and aliases. It DOES NOT verify your applicant’s identity with the Government, …

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The “Social Trace” – What It Is and What It Isn’t

One of the most common questions among HR professionals is: What really is the Social Security Trace? Good question. We’re glad you asked because it is important to know what the “Social Trace” does and what it doesn’t do. It DOES find addresses and aliases. It DOES NOT verify your applicant’s identity with the Government, …

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ESR Speaks

ESR’s own Jared Callahan, a licensed Private Investigator in California, presents Employment Screening Background Checks – A to Z More than just the basics, this full-day seminar will cover everything you need to know about background checks. From determining where to search for possible criminal records to how to get information from past employers, you …

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Use of Workers’ Compensation Records: Extreme Caution Advised

Employers have become very aware of the high costs of compensation claims. The loss to American business from both fraudulent claims and re-injury causes many employers to want to know whether a job applicant has a history of filing workers’ compensation claims. At the same time, the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well …

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