Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Releases Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider – has released its 12th annual “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2019 that feature emerging and influential trends in the background screening industry for the coming year. The complete list of top background check …

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EEOC Closed Due to Partial U.S. Federal Government Shutdown

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – is closed due to the partial shutdown of the United States federal government that began on December 22, 2018, according to a notice on the EEOC website.

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Data Breach Concerns Lead to Increased Focus on Information Security with Screening Firms in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Background check firms in the United States (U.S.) will have to show their data breach protection and information security capabilities as well as compliance with privacy laws on domestic and international fronts in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® …

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FCRA Lawsuits Not Only Legal Compliance Concern for Employers Performing Background Checks in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) will not be the only compliance concern for employers performing background checks in an increasingly complex legal environment in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) as second …

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E-Verify Services Unavailable During Partial U.S. Government Shutdown

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification service will be unavailable and the E-Verify website at www.e-verify.gov will not be actively managed due to a lapse in federal funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that led to a partial shutdown of the United States federal government that began on …

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Low Unemployment Makes Employers More Willing to Hire Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With record low unemployment, employers should be more willing to hire ex-offenders with the necessary skills to make sure they are not eliminating job applicants with past criminal records who are qualified to work in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) …

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Ban the Box Pervasive Enough for Studies to Show Whether Fair Chance Laws are Effective in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about the criminal history of applicants from job applications to help ex-offenders find work will be pervasive enough for studies to show whether fair chance rules are effective in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider …

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Laws Prohibiting Salary History Questions Will Increase as Gender Pay Equity Movement Grows in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Laws prohibiting employers from seeking salary history information about job applicants will increase in the United States as the pay equity movement to narrow the gender wage gap between women and men grows in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening …

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Cheap and Instant Background Checks of Gig Economy Workers Lead to Due Diligence Concerns in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Reports about “gig economy” employers using cheap and instant background checks will lead those employers to examine the value of these background checks due to the examples of theft and violence experienced in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® …

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AI Improves Background Checks but Human Touch Still Needed Due to Discrimination Concerns in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The use of technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms will continue to improve background checks for employment purposes but the “human touch” will still be needed due to discrimination concerns in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) …

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