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Background Check Stops New USF Basketball Coach Hire

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home-applicant-generated-report-systemThe University of South Florida (USF) will not hire Manhattan College’s Steve Masiello as its new men’s basketball coach after a background check found he had never completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky (UK) as claimed on his résumé, according to a report from The Tampa Tribune available at Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak at 2014 Recruiting Trends Conference on April 3

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LesRosenPhoto_Aug2012_SmallWhiteBorderTo help raise awareness of the potential dangers of social media usage by recruiters, Attorney Lester S. Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ will present the session ‘Legal Pitfalls and Minefields in the New Age of Recruiting’ on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM at the 2014 Recruiting Trends Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. More information about the conference, which will be held from April 2 to April 4, 2014, is available at Continue reading

Louisville Latest City to Ban the Box

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homepage-checkThe Louisville (KY) Metro Council has voted in favor of a new “Ban the Box” law removing the question about criminal records from job applications for the city and many of its vendors, according to a press release from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). This follows similar Ban the Box legislation in Baltimore, MD, Charlotte, NC, Indianapolis, IN, and San Francisco, CA that give qualified job applicants with past convictions a fair chance at employment opportunities. The NELP press release is available at Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Speaks at Seattle Global Business News Conference on March 27

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LesRosenPhoto_Aug2012_SmallWhiteBorderAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present ‘International Background Checks: Exercising Due Diligence in Hiring Around the World’ at the Seattle Global Business News Conference on Thursday, March 27, 2014. For more information about the event – which will be held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center Bay Auditorium, Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA – visit Continue reading

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 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 available at 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 at 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 Continue reading