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

Whitepaper Reveals Eight Warning Signs that Employers Should Reconsider their Background Screening Providers

Since background checks are a crucial part of the hiring process in today’s business world, leading payroll and HR solutions provider Paycor® has teamed up with Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), for the whitepaper ‘8 Warning Signs You Should Reconsider Your Background Screening Provider.’ The link to download the complimentary whitepaper is available on the Paycor website at http://www.paycor.com/download-background-screening-whitepaper. Continue reading

House Bill 2865 Seeks to Provide Fairness and Accuracy in FBI Criminal Background Checks for Employment

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – ‘H.R. 2865 – Fairness and Accuracy in Employment Background Checks Act of 2013’ – seeks to provide safeguards with respect to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal background checks prepared for employment purposes. The complete text of H.R. 2865 is available at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2865/text. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Reveals Top Background Check Trends at 2013 Colorado SHRM State Conference

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ at the 2013 Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) State Conference on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM MT at the Keystone Resort and Conference Center in Keystone, Colorado. For more information, visit http://coshrmstateconference.org/. Continue reading

NAPBS Applauds NBC Today Show Report for Recognizing Importance of Employee Background Checks

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) applauds an NBC Today Show report by National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen for emphasizing “the critically important role background screening plays in today’s business environment,” according to a press release from the NAPBS available at http://www.businesswire.com/news/topix/20130820006390/en. Continue reading

Report Warns of Violent Felons Sent into Homes as Service Workers Due to Lack of Background Checks

In-home service workers that unsuspecting customers admit into their homes could be violent felons with criminal records since there are no federal laws, and only “spotty” local laws, requiring service companies to perform background checks on their workers, according to a report from TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen available at http://www.today.com/news/violent-felons-sent-homes-service-workers-6C10935682. Continue reading

Top Background Check Trends in 2013 Discussed at San Mateo County EAC Program on August 28

The San Mateo County Employer Advisory Council (EAC) in partnership with the Employment Development Department (EDD) will present the program ‘The Top Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ featuring Orianna “Ory” Tucker, Client Experience Director of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 12:00 Noon PM to 1:00 PM at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Foster City, CA. For more information and to register for the program, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/file/EACFlyerSanMateoCountyAugust2013.pdf. Continue reading

FTC Settlement for 3.5 Million Dollars with Check Services Company Demonstrates Importance of Following FCRA

One of the nation’s largest check authorization service companies has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it allegedly violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Although the company is not a firm providing employment background checks, it did provide services under the FCRA and is subject to many of the same rules that apply to background screening firms. A press release from the FTC concerning the $3.5 million penalty – the second largest in an FCRA matter – is available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/08/certegy.shtm. Continue reading

New Seattle Ban the Box Law Limits Use of Criminal History for Employment Screening Starting November 1

Employers in Seattle, Washington will need to comply with new “Ban the Box” legislation – Ordinance 124201 – that will limit the use criminal history records for employment screening during the initial hiring process starting on November 1, 2013. The complete text of Ordinance 124201, which will create a new ‘Chapter 14.17 The Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions’ of the Seattle Municipal Code, is available at http://www.clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~archives/Ordinances/Ord_124201.pdf. Continue reading

Maine Revises State Fair Credit Reporting Act to be More Consistent with Federal FCRA

Maine Governor Paul LePage signed LD 1410 in June of 2013 to update the state’s consumer reporting law by adopting most of the provisions of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 United States Code, Section 1681 et seq., as amended. LD 1410 incorporates the federal fair credit reporting laws into state law while preserving enhanced protections found in current state law in Maine. The full text of LD 1410 is available at http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/SP050401.asp. Continue reading

USCIS Seeks Volunteers for Study of Enhanced Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking nine employers from the public to volunteer to assist in a study to determine how much time it takes employers to complete an enhanced version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification that USCIS is developing, according to a bulletin from the USCIS available at http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-858773. Continue reading