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New Louisiana Law Requires Sex Offenders to List Status on Social Media Websites Starting August 1

New Louisiana legislation authored by State Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) and signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal – House Bill No. 249 – will expand sex offender registration requirements by requiring sex offenders and child predators to state their criminal status on social media websites such as Facebook starting on August 1, 2012. The full text of the new law is available at: Continue reading

New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance and Background Checks Discussed in Webinar on August 1

Background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of three panelists participating in a live 90-minute webinar and teleconference titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening After EEOC’s New Guidance: Structuring Policies to Comply With Title VII, Fair Credit Reporting Act and State Laws’ on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. For more information, visit: Continue reading

Credit Background Checks of Applicants Not Used by More than Half of Organizations According to Survey

A survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) “Background Checking — The Use of Credit Background Checks in Hiring Decisions” indicates that more than half of the responding organizations – 53 percent – do not conduct credit background checks on any of their job candidates, a noticeable  increase from 40 percent in 2010 and from 39 percent in 2004. The survey of randomly selected HR professionals from SHRM’s membership is available at: Continue reading

Detroit Ban the Box Ordinance Requires City Vendors and Contractors to Remove Criminal Record Question on Job Applications

Since a deadline date of July 1, 2012, in an effort to give ex-convicts a second chance for employment, a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance in the City of Detroit has implemented a new hiring policy that requires business vendors and contractors to remove the criminal record question on job applications to qualify for future contracts. More information about the Detroit ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance is available at Continue reading

SHRM Background Check Survey Finds Nearly 70 Percent of Organizations Conduct Criminal Checks on All Job Candidates

Nearly seven out of ten organizations – 69 percent – conduct criminal background checks on all of their job candidates while 18 percent conduct criminal checks on select job candidates and 14 percent do not conduct criminal checks on any job candidates, according to a new survey titled ‘Background Checking—The Use of Criminal Background Checks in Hiring Decisions’ from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The survey from SHRM, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, is available at: Continue reading

Case of Mistaken Identity Shows Why Job Applicants Should Perform Self Background Checks

A report from FOX6 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin tells the story about a local woman hired by a department store who suffered from a case of mistaken identity when a criminal background check run on her uncovered a 2006 conviction for battery, a conviction she did not disclose on her job application since the crime was committed by her twin brother who had the same birth date and similar name. The story, which serves as an example why job applicants should be proactive and try to “self” background check themselves to avoid errors, is available at: Continue reading

Risk Management Strategy Webinar Hosted by Background Check Expert on July 23

Attorney Lester Rosen, a background check expert and founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a two hour long webinar for titled ‘Risk Management: New Strategies for Employee Screening’ on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM Eastern (12:30 PM Pacific) to discuss the latest background check trends facilitating risk management practices that include re-screening current employees after they are initially screened when hired. For more information on the webinar, visit: Continue reading

Yahoo Background Check Language Changed in Offer Letter to Newly Hired CEO Mayer

Sunnyvale, California-based internet corporation Yahoo! has changed the language concerning background checks in its offer letter to newly hired CEO Marissa Mayer from what the company previously used in an offer letter to former CEO Scott Thompson, according to a blog on the Wall Street Journal website ‘Yahoo Tweaks Background Check Language for Mayer.’ Thompson left the company in May 2012 after a discrepancy in his academic credentials was publicly revealed. Continue reading

EEOC July 18 Meeting Allows Public to Present Views on Proposed Strategic Enforcement Plan

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – held a public meeting on July 18, 2012 to hear views on its proposed Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) from representatives of academic, business, civil rights, and federal sector communities, along with former EEOC leaders and current employees. The press release about the July 18 meeting is available at: Testimony and transcripts from the July 18 meeting will be available at: Continue reading

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Adopts Rule to Supervise Larger Credit Reporting Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has adopted a rule to begin supervising larger consumer reporting agencies – including the “big three” credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for the first time at the federal level, according to a CFPB press release ‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to supervise credit reporting.’ The rule outlining the CFPB’s supervision of larger consumer reporting agencies, which will be effective September 30, 2012, is available here: ‘Defining Larger Participants of the Consumer Reporting Market.’ Continue reading