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Use of National Criminal Databases No Substitution for County Courthouse Searches during Real Background Checks

A background check tool currently touted to employers as a “national criminal database” search from data aggregators who advertise access to a nationwide database full of millions of criminal records from all states can create an impression that employers are gaining access to all of the nation’s criminal records in one search. However, nothing could be further from the truth, and an emerging trend has employers realizing “national” databases may not contain accurate or complete information and are only a research tool that should never be substituted for a real “hands on” county courthouse search for criminal records. This is Trend Number 8 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

Government Increases Action Against Consumer Reporting Agencies Using Background Checks in Violation of FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently submitted written testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights summarizing the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirements that relate to the use of consumer reports in employment in protecting the rights of job applicants and employees under the FCRA, according to a news release available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/12/fcra.shtm.  The FTC testimony on the FCRA – which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of information from Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) – is an example of the trend of the government increasing action against CRAs violating the law. This is Trend Number 9 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

ESR Integration with Oracle TBE Cloud Service Provides Automated Talent Management and Background Screening

Both talent management and background screening are quickly becoming more automated with technology. An Oracle Gold Partner, nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) now provides validated integrations of the Oracle Taleo Business Edition (TBE) Cloud ServiceTM to offer automated talent management solutions to businesses wanting to recruit, hire, train, and retain top talent. With the Oracle TBE Cloud Service integration with the ESR Applicant Generated ReportsSM (AGR) system, employers enjoy automated, paperless, and fully compliant background screening. The Oracle Gold Partner page for ESR is available at https://solutions.oracle.com/scwar/sc/Partner/SCPP-ESRCHECK.html. Continue reading

Background Checks Becoming Integrated with ATS and HRIS to Create One Stop Shop for Screening and Hiring

In today’s technology driven business world, employment background checks are quickly becoming integrated with Applicant Tracking System (ATS), Human Resources Information System (HRIS), and other systems to create a virtual “One-Stop Shop” for screening and hiring. This emerging trend of background checks becoming integrated with ATS, HRIS, and other systems should increase in the coming year. This is Trend Number 10 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Announce Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013

The 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ list featuring emerging and influential trends in the background check industry compiled by nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) will be announced by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen on the ESR News Blog in the coming weeks. Each trend will appear on the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ page at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

November 2012 BLS Employment Report Shows 146000 Jobs Added while ADP Report Estimates 118000 Jobs Gained

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 146,000 jobs in November 2012 and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — NOVEMBER 2012’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The report also found that Hurricane Sandy – which hit the Northeast coast on October 29 and caused severe damage – “did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November.” The report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the December 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, January 4, 2013. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on How Employers Can Comply with New EEOC Criminal Guidance

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Avant Resources to help employers maintain compliance with new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance for the use of criminal records. The hour long webinar, ‘How Employers Can Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance,’ will take place on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. PT, and more information is available at: http://www.avantresources.com/store/events/how-employers-can-comply-with-the-new-eeoc-criminal-guidance. Continue reading

Lack of Criminal Background Checks by National Youth Organization Led To Alleged Sexual Abuse of Youths

The refusal of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to conduct criminal background checks on all volunteers until 2008 allowed convicted child sex offenders to join the organization and led to a significant amount of alleged sexual abuse of youths, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of confidential BSA files. Full LA Times coverage of recently released BSA files from 1970 to 1991 that document hundreds of allegations of sexual misconduct is available at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/boyscouts. Continue reading

CFPB Warns Nationwide Specialty Consumer Reporting Agencies to Give Consumers Easy Access to Free Consumer Reports

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a bulletin to nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies (NSCRAs) as a reminder of their obligation under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which the CFPB oversees, to provide a “streamlined process” for consumers to obtain a free annual consumer report. The CFPB also issued warning letters to NSCRAs that may be violating the FCRA by failing to provide consumers an easy way to access their free reports. The bulletin from the CFPB is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201211_cfpb_NSCRA_Bulletin.pdf. Continue reading

National Association of Professional Background Screeners Offers Tips for Screening Job Applicants

With accuracy in employment screening a critical element in the current business environment, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is offering employers five best practice tips for screening job applicants to ensure the highest degree of professionalism in background checks. To read ‘NAPBS Offers Tips for Screening Job Candidates in 2013,’ visit http://www.marketwatch.com/story/napbs-offers-tips-for-screening-job-candidates-in-2013-2012-11-28. Continue reading