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International Data Privacy Day Celebrated on January 28

Data Privacy Day (DPD) is an international holiday celebrated annually on January 28 in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries in an effort to empower and educate people on protecting their privacy, controlling their digital footprints, and making the protection of data a great priority in their lives. To learn more about DPD, visit Continue reading

E-Verify Unveils New Website Look to Commemorate Half a Million Employers Enrolled

To commemorate reaching a significant milestone of 500,000 employers enrolled in the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system at the end of 2013, the E-Verify website has unveiled a brand new look with more simple language and easy-to-follow graphics. To see the new look E-Verify website, visit To read a press release, visit Continue reading

International Background Checks Examined at Global Business Talent Event in Silicon Valley on January 31

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will examine ‘International Background Checks: Exercising Due Diligence in Hiring Around the World’ at a Silicon Valley Global Business Talent Event on Friday, January 31, 2014 in Mountain View, CA. For more information and to register for this event, visit Continue reading

US Government Accuses Security Contractor of Faking 665000 Completed Background Checks

The U.S. Justice Department has accused a private security company contracted to provide background investigations to the federal government of faking at least 665,000 completed background checks while receiving nearly $12 million in bonus payments from 2008 to 2010, according to a report from CNN available at Continue reading

New Jersey and Delaware Courts Closed January 22 Due to Snow from Winter Storm Janus

Courts in New Jersey and Delaware – as well as courts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – are closed today, Wednesday, January 22, 2014, due to snow from Winter Storm Janus, according to the County House Research, Inc. (CHR) ‘Courts and Schedules’ page available at Continue reading

EU Commission Recommends 13 Improvements for US Safe Harbor Data Protection Program

The European Union (EU) Commission has reviewed the U.S. Safe Harbor data protection program on transfers of personal information to the United States and will either modify, suspend, or revoke its Safe Harbor decision by summer 2014 based on progress made on EU Commission’s 13 recommendations for improvements. The EU ‘Commission Communication to the European Parliament and the Council on the Functioning of the Safe Harbour from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU’ is available at Continue reading

USCIS Schedules Free E-Verify and Form I-9 Webinar in Spanish for January 22

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present a free live webinar for Spanish speaking employers so they can learn about E-Verify and the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process in their native language. To attend this webinar, please visit Continue reading

Resume Fraud in India Shows Need for International Background Screening

Puzzled as to why a large amount of job seekers listed the same previous employer on their CV (Curriculum Vitae) – a type of resume in India – managers of a New Delhi IT company used a background screening firm to discover the “employer” was a fake IT firm falsifying past work experience for money. The full article titled ‘Liar for hire? Fake CVs flood Indian job market’ is available in the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper at Continue reading

Employment Screening Background Checks Focused on Legal Compliance in 2014

Background checks in 2014 will be “all about the law” says Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), which just released the 7th Annual ESR Top 10 Background Check Trends. Rosen made the comment in an interview about top trends with Tom Field, Vice President, Editorial of Information Security Media Group, Corp. (ISMG). The complete interview is available at Continue reading

International Background Checks and Global Due Diligence Discussed in Webinar on January 16

To introduce employers to the legal, practical, and cultural challenges faced when obtaining information outside of the U.S., Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar for titled ‘International Background Checks:  Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT. To register for the webinar, which has been approved for 1.5 International HR Certification Institute (HRCI) recertification credit hours, please visit Continue reading