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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

NAPBS Chair Says Background Screening Demonstrates Commitment to Public Safety

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the need to hire the most qualified candidate never greater, companies that utilize background screening when hiring are demonstrating their commitment to ensuring public safety, according to an article written by Dawn Standerwick, Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Continue reading

December Employment Situation Shows 156,000 Jobs Added to Economy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 156,000 jobs in December of 2016 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Present Webinar on Background Check Trends for 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers prepare for changes in the background screening landscape in the new year, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen will host a live complimentary webinar entitled ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017’ on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PT / 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET. To register for the webinar, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/733293271056375556. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Reference Checking and Education Verification

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar for TrainHR entitled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Friday,  January 13, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST / 1:00 PM to 2:20 PM EST. To register for the webinar, please visit http://www.trainhr.com/control/w_product/~product_id=701656LIVE/~Lester_S.%20Rosen/~Legal_and_Effective_Reference_Checking_and_Education_Verification. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global provider of background check services and solutions, has released its 10th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017 as selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. For a complete list of all of the top background check trends for 2017, please visit www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Ban the Box Will Become More the Rule than Exception when Background Screening Workers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that works to prevent employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history on the initial applications is spreading rapidly across the United States, with 24 states and over 150 cities and counties having such laws. The fact that Ban the Box laws will become more the rule than the exception when background screening potential employees is Trend Number 1 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Re-Entry and Second Chance Programs for Ex-Offenders Will Increase in Importance for Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study on the criminal background of workers and job performance released in October of 2016 by Northwestern University found that ex-offenders who had criminal records were no worse as employees in the workplace than non-offenders. The fact that re-entry programs and second chance programs  will increase as more employers discover ex-offenders make good employees as well as focus on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Compliance  is Trend Number 2 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

EEOC Settles Lawsuit Over Record Keeping of Criminal Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A nationwide provider of janitorial and facilities management services will adopt significant changes to its record-keeping practices related to the use of criminal background checks to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an EEOC press release. Continue reading

DOJ Charges Executive in $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On December 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of a criminal Complaint charging an executive of a Pakistani company with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a worldwide diploma mill scheme that collected approximately $140 million from tens of thousands of consumers, according to a press release from the DOJ’s U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York. Continue reading

Financial Institutions Will Seek Stronger Security Measures from Screening Providers including SOC 2 Reports and NAPBS Accreditation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With data breaches front page news in 2016, industries dealing with sensitive and confidential information – especially in the financial sector – know ensuring data security from third party service providers is mission critical. The fact that businesses including banks and financial institutions will seek stronger security measures such as SSAE 16 Service Organization Control (SOC) 2® reports and accreditation from National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) from screening providers is Trend Number 3 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading