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Webinar Focuses on International Background Checks

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homepage-checkAttorney and safe hiring expert Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will focus on the credentials of IT workers internationally in a private webinar for Contingent Workforce Management (CWP) titled ‘The Reality of International Background Checks – Can You Handle the Truth’ on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Continue reading

Social Media Use in Workplace Raises Employment Discrimination Concerns

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home-applicant-generated-report-systemA panel of experts has told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the growing use of social media by employers, applicants, and employees in today’s workplace may implicate and impact the federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment that the EEOC enforces. A press release about the Social Media Commission meeting convened at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to gather information is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-12-14.cfm. Continue reading

DHS Budget Proposes $124 Million for E-Verify

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homepage-checkAs part of the $38.2 billion in discretionary funds requested for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the White House DHS budget proposes $124 million for the government’s E-Verify employment eligibility verification system, according to a news article posted on FedWeek.com available at http://www.fedweek.com/item-view.php?tbl=15&ID=141. Continue reading

Fake Degrees Growing Problem in India

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homepage-napbsIndia has “the highest number of cases of employment-related inconsistencies” on the globe helped by the blatant proliferation of advertisements where fake degrees from any college in the world can be bought for a few hundred dollars, according to the article ‘Watch out for fake degrees’ available on TheHindu.com at http://m.thehindu.com/features/education/watch-out-for-fake-degrees/article5743087.ece/. Continue reading

E-Verify and Form I-9 Webinar in Spanish for Employers on March 19

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home-applicant-generated-report-systemThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) will present a free live webinar on Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 AM EDT so that Spanish speaking employers can learn about E-Verify and the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process in their native language. A schedule of all upcoming E-Verify and Form I-9 webinars is at http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/e-verify-webinars/take-free-webinar. Continue reading

Screening Expert to Speak About California Background Checks at LA HR Star

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LesRosenPhoto_Aug2012_SmallWhiteBorderIn the “Independent republic of California,” background checks are performed much differently than in the other 49 states, according to Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). To help explain California background checks, Rosen will present a session titled ‘Only in California: Using Background Checks to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court’ at the 2014 Los Angeles HR Star Conference. For more information about LA HR Star, scheduled to take place Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Convention Center, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Continue reading

Background Check Lawsuit Claims FCRA Violations

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homepage-legalIn a class action suit alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations, a federal judge has ruled that Canon Business Solutions faces additional discovery into claims the company relied on criminal background checks without letting employees or job applicants dispute the findings, according a Courthouse News Service report available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/03/03/65785.htm. Continue reading

EEOC and FTC Offer Tips for Employment Background Checks

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homepage-checkThe U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have released a joint publication titled ‘Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know’ to explain how compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and anti-discrimination laws intersect when employers use employment background checks. The publication is available online at http://business.ftc.gov/documents/0487-background-checks-what-employers-need-know. [PDF] Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Discusses Using Social Media to Screen Job Applicants

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LesRosenPhoto_Aug2012_SmallWhiteBorderAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an HRTrainingCenter.com audio conference titled ‘Using Social Media for Recruiting and Screening Applicants’ on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time. To register for this program – which is approved for 1.5 recertification PHR/SPHR credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) – visit http://hrtrainingcenter.com/showWCDetails.asp?TCID=1013103. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Ory Tucker Talks California Background Checks at San Joaquin HR Association Event March 12

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home-applicant-generated-report-systemSince California background checks are performed differently than in other states, Ory Tucker, Client Experience Director for Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present ‘Background Checks in the Republic of California’ on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Stockton, CA at an event by the San Joaquin HR Association (SJHRA), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). For more information, please visit http://www.sjhra.org/Event_Details.asp?fair=10016234. Continue reading