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

Summer Camp Background Checks May Contain Loopholes

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ESR News BlogWhile some summer camp background checks include mandatory state background checks for workers dealing with children in summer camps, they do not also perform federal background checks and may contain loopholes for predators to slip through, according to the report ‘Summer Camp background checks not nationwide’ from KXAN News in Austin, Texas. Continue reading

Should Job Applicants Using Social Media Expect Privacy?

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ESR News Blogs about PrivacyExpectations of privacy rights on social media websites is buttressed by the fact that users must agree to “terms of use” that typically do not allow commercial uses which can include screening job candidates, according to the article Does an Applicant on the Internet Have a “Reasonable Expectation” of Privacy? Part II by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). The complete article is available on the RecruitingTrends.com at http://www.recruitingtrends.com/thought-leadership/575-idoes-an-applicant-on-the-internet-have-a-reasonable-expectation-of-privacy-part-ii. Continue reading

Audit Examines Government Background Check Contractors

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ESR NewsThe U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Office of Audits has conducted an ‘AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES’ CASE REVIEW PROCESS OVER BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS’ to ensure government background check contractors meet contract requirements. The audit is available at http://www.opm.gov/our-inspector-general/reports/2014/audit-of-the-federal-investigative-services-case-review-process-over-background-investigations.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Speak at SHRM Annual Conference

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ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, a noted background check expert and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2014: What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM ET at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida. For details about the session at SHRM Annual, visit http://annual.shrm.org/sessionplanner/session/6303. Continue reading

Hearing Examines EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records

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ESR News Blogs about EEOCOn June 10, 2014, a House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee held a hearing – “The Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities of the EEOC: Examining the Concerns of Stakeholders” – that examined worries over U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance that discourages employers from conducting criminal background checks on job applicants. An archived webcast of the EEOC hearing is available at: http://edworkforcehouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=263. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases White Paper on Social Media Background Checks

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Social Media Background ChecksTo help employers understand the possible risks of using social media to screen job applicants, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a nationwide background screening provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has released a white paper titled ‘Ten Potential Dangers When Using Social Media Background Checks.’ The complimentary white paper is available for download at http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/Download/. Continue reading

E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum for Employers on June 23

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E-Verify NewsThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – is inviting employers to a virtual E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum on Monday, June 23, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the E-Verify and Form I-9 federal employment eligibility verification programs. A E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum flyer is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/E-Verify-FormI-9-Virtual-Forum-Flyer.pdf. Continue reading

Privacy Big Issue when Recruiting Applicants on Internet

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RecruitingPrivacy is a significant issue when using the Internet for recruiting job applicants as more employers rely on social media as a key source from which to acquire talent, according to the article ‘Is Using the Internet to Recruit a Violation of an Applicant’s Privacy? Part I’ on the Recruiting Trends web site by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). The complete article is available at http://www.recruitingtrends.com/thought-leadership/570-is-using-the-internet-to-recruit-a-violation-of-an-applicant-s-privacy-part-i. Continue reading

Court Approves Settlement in Background Checks Lawsuit

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Background Checks LawsuitsA New Jersey federal court has approved an $870,500 settlement between New Jersey-based New England Motor Freight and a group of 7,000 truck drivers who claimed that “the carrier denied them employment after conducting criminal background checks and obtaining credit reports and driver history records without their authorization,” according to a story on the Transport Topics website available at http://www.ttnews.com/articles/showtemplate.aspx?storyid=35124&t=Court-Approves-Settlement-in-New-Jersey-Background-Check-Lawsuit. Continue reading

May Jobs Report Shows Increase of 217000 Jobs

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Jobs Report BlogsTotal nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 217,000 jobs in May 2014 while the unemployment rate at 6.3 percent and the number of unemployed persons at  9.8 million remained unchanged, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The May 2014 jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading