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

Employment Screening Resources Launches Redesigned Website Focused on Needs of Employers Conducting Background Checks

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), has launched a redesigned company website focused on the needs of employers conducting background checks with five special features: Effortless Legal Compliance, Proven Expertise, Less Work/Lower Cost, Results You Can Trust, and Painless Migration. The newly redesigned ESR website is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/. Continue reading

San Francisco Proposes Ordinance to Ban Most Private Employers from Asking about Criminal Records on Job Applications

Legislation proposed by members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – Ordinance No. 131192 – would expand existing “Ban the Box” rules that prevent city agencies from asking applicants about criminal convictions on job applications to include most private employers in the city, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. Ordinance No. 131192 is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/San-Francisco-Board-of-Supervisors_Ordinance-131192.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Manual Author Lester Rosen Speaks about Hiring Practices and Social Media in Paycor Webinar December 11

Attorney Lester Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about hiring practices and social media in a webinar sponsored by leading HR software provider Paycor on Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To register for the webinar, visit: https://paycorsupport.webex.com/paycorsupport/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=717530580. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Speak at NCHRA Workshop about Hiring Safe and Qualified Workers on December 10

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a three hour workshop for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) titled ‘Hiring Safe and Qualified Workers Using Pre-Employment Background Checks’ on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST in San Rafael, California. For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=87135&instance=0. Continue reading

November 2013 Employment Report Shows Gain of 203000 Jobs while Unemployment Rate Drops to 7 Percent

Total nonfarm employment in the United States rose by 203,000 jobs in November 2013 while the unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped from 11.3 million to 10.9 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — NOVEMBER 2013’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Employment Situation report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

November 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 215000 Jobs Added

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 215,000 jobs from October 2013 to November 2013 led by a gain of 102,000 jobs in small businesses, according to the November 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The complete November 2013 ADP National Employment Report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/November/NER/NER-November-2013.aspx. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on California Background Check Laws December 2

Since the Golden State has a unique set of background check laws, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area based Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the webinar “Dealing with ‘Only in California’ Laws Regulating Employment Screening and Safe Hiring” on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon PT at the HR.com ‘HR In California’ virtual conference. For more information and to register for the event, visit http://www.hr.com/stories/1380526039340. Continue reading

Study Finds Social Media Background Screening by Employers May Discriminate against Job Seekers

The study ‘An Experiment in Hiring Discrimination via Online Social Networks’ by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has found that sharing too much personal information on social networks may lead to hiring discrimination by employers using social media to screen job seekers, according to a story available at http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/computing/2013/fall/too-much-information.shtml. Continue reading

New E-Verify Security Enhancement Helps Deter Employee Fraud

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that a new security enhancement to the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility system program will help combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification. The complete announcement from the USCIS is available at http://www.uscis.gov/news/new-security-enhancement-helps-e-verify-deter-employee-fraud. Continue reading

Background Check Firms Agree to Pay More than 18 Million Dollars to Settle Claims of FCRA Violations

Two background check firms have agreed to pay $18.6 million to settle three class action lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for “failing to take reasonable measures to ensure the accuracy of background check report provided to prospective employers.” A story by TopClassActions.com about the lawsuits is available at http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/5437-background-check-firms-agree-to-18m-class-action-settlement. Continue reading