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

Background Check Lawsuit Claims FCRA Violations

Written By Thomas Ahearn

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

Written By Thomas Ahearn

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

February 2014 Employment Report: 175000 Jobs Added

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homepage-checkTotal nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 175,000 jobs in February 2014 while the unemployment rate climbed to 6.7 percent and the number of unemployed persons reached 10.5 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — FEBRUARY 2014’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Over the year, the number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate were down by 1.6 million and 1.0
percentage point. The current employment report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Employers Need Caution with Background Check Laws

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home-applicant-generated-report-systemTo help employers understand background check laws and regulations, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 60 minute audio conference for AudioSolutionz titled ‘Extreme Caution Advised: Dealing with Federal and State Laws Regulating Pre-Employment Screening and Safe Hiring’ on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:00 A.M Pacific. For more information, visit http://www.audiosolutionz.com/hr-compliance-employment/safe-hiring.html. Continue reading

February ADP Employment Report Shows 139000 Jobs Added

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Employment ReportPrivate sector employment in the United States increased by 139,000 jobs from January 2014 to February 2014, according to the February 2014 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. More information about the report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/February/NER/NER-February-2014.aspx. Continue reading

Top Employment Background Check Trends for 2014 Discussed on Internet Talk Radio Show March 6

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Attorney and Private Investigator Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will be a guest on the Internet talk radio show PI’s Declassified! to discuss ‘Employment Background Checks Trends for 2014’ on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. For more information about the program, visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75115/employment-background-checks-trends-for-2014. Continue reading

Verifications for Education and Employment Explored by Safe Hiring Expert in Webinar on March 5

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Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar for Clear Law Institute titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from  3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. For more information and to register for the event, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/legal-and-effective-reference-checking-and-education-verification/. Continue reading

Identity Theft Tops Federal Trade Commission List of Consumer Complaints

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints once again for 2013 and that U.S. consumers reported losing more than $1.6 billion to fraud overall. The FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) Data Book 2013 found that 290,056 of the more than two million complaints received – 14 percent – were identity theft related. The CSN report is available at http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-january-december-2013/sentinel-cy2013.pdf. Continue reading