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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U.S. Conference of Mayors Holds National Summit on Issue of Re-Entry of Ex-offenders into the Workforce

The U.S. Conference of Mayors announced a conference held in February on the issue of mass incarceration and the need to get ex-offenders employed. Featuring mayors form major American cities, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the announced purpose of the conference was to help former inmates find jobs after their release and to avoid …

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ESR in the News! ESR quoted in SHRM Magazine

ESR has recently been quoted ESR in the February, 2007 issue of HR Magazine published by SHRM in an article entitled, “Ground Rules on Background Checks.” ESR president Lester S Rosen is quoted on the formation for the trade association for the screening industry, The National Association of Professional Background Screeners, or NAPBS. According to …

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Ambiguous References—the Fine Art of Polite Negative References

Who says there is no humor in the hiring process? Employers will enjoy reading the book, “Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (LIAR),” by Robert Thornton and available on Amazon. The book gives a whole new meaning to the term “damned with faint praise.” It answers the age old question of how to give a truthful …

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Screening Vendors and Temporary Employees

A recent article in the SHRM 2008 Staffing Management Library underscores the need to screen even temporary hires. Although many employers have well thought out programs for their regular employees, temporary employees form staffing firms, 1099 workers or vendors pose similar risks. The article explained why screening temporary employees is critical, and offers suggestions on …

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International Employment and Education Verifications

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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ESR 2008 Speaking and Training Dates

ESR 2008 Schedule February 7, 2008 IPMA HR audio conference–“Avoid Negligent Hiring–New Developments, Best Practices and Legal Compliance.” Details to follow February 28, 2007 Silicon Valley, CA “Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites to Find and Screen Applicants” Santa Clara County Employer Advisory Group, Biltmore hotel, Santa Clara, CA March 6, 2008 Kennedy Information …

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An Employer’s Duty of Care Increases with Risk

The following excerpt from the “Safe Hiring Manual” discusses the duty of care in more detail: The injured party must show there is some connection or relationship between itself and the employer, so the employer owes a duty of care. This can occur in numerous situations, such as a co-worker on the job, a member …

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An Employer’s Duty of Care Increases with Risk

The following excerpt from the “Safe Hiring Manual” discusses the duty of care in more detail: The injured party must show there is some connection or relationship between itself and the employer, so the employer owes a duty of care. This can occur in numerous situations, such as a co-worker on the job, a member …

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From the Courts: Los Angeles Jury Awards $12 Million Verdict Against Apartment Owners for Negligent Hirin

According to news reports on January 18, 2008, a Los Angeles jury awarded a $12 million verdict against an apartment owner that hired a maintenance man without a background check who then raped and murdered a 30-year-old tenant. The maintenance man was a convicted felon and registered sex offender who was given keys and access …

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