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National Association of Professional Background Screeners to Release Study Affirming Accuracy of Background Checks

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has announced in press release that a recent study of background screening companies affirms the accuracy of background checks and refutes a report recently issued by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) that accused background screeners of routinely making mistakes. The NAPBS report, scheduled to be released later this summer, found that 98 percent of background screening providers surveyed encountered consumer disputes less than 5 percent of the time out of millions of background checks performed annually, and more than 95 percent of those disputed background check reports were ultimately found to be accurate. The NAPBS press release is available at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/6/prweb9603002.htm. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Present Two Sessions at SHRM 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present two sessions at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. Rosen will present ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ on Monday, June 25, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Eastern and ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2012 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. For more information about the sessions, visit http://annual.shrm.org/sessionplanner/session/1537 and http://annual.shrm.org/sessionplanner/session/1531. Continue reading

AAU Implements Background Check Program for Staff and Volunteers to Ensure Safety of Youth Athletes

The national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has released a comprehensive report from two independent task forces – ‘Recommendations to the Amateur Athletic Union from the Youth Protections and Adult/Volunteer Screening Task Forces’ – and announced actions to implement steps to protect the well being of hundreds of thousands of young athletes that include requiring that all adults involved in AAU activities – including coaches, staff, and volunteers – undergo detailed background checks, according to an AAU press release. The full 31-page report is available at http://image.aausports.org/dnn/pdf/TFreportfinal.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Speak at ACFE Annual Fraud Conference on How to Stop Employee Fraud

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Employment Background Checks: Stopping Employee Fraud at the Point of Entry’ on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 1:40 PM to 3:00 PM at the 23rd Annual Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Fraud Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. For more information about the session, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Employment-Background-Checks-Stopping-Employee-Fraud-at-the-Point-of-Entry-130/. Continue reading

Vermont to Prohibit Employers from Using Credit Reports for Employment Decisions Starting July 1

Continuing the trend of states stopping employers from routinely obtaining credit reports on applicants and employees to use in making employment decisions, Vermont Act No. 154 (S. 95) prohibits employers in the state, subject to various exceptions, from using or inquiring into credit reports or credit histories of job applicants and employees in the employment context and further prohibits discriminating against individuals based on their credit information. Vermont is the eighth state to restrict the use of credit reports by employers, joining California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington. The text of the new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2012, is available at: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Passed/S-095.pdf. Continue reading

FTC Fines Data Broker Spokeo 800000 Dollars to Settle Charges of Violating Fair Credit Reporting Act

In the first Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case to address the sale of Internet and social media data in the employment screening context, Spokeo, Inc. – a data broker that compiles and sells detailed information profiles on millions of consumers – has agreed to pay a $800,000 fine to settle FTC charges that the company marketed profiles to companies in the human resources, background screening, and recruiting industries without taking steps to protect consumers required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a press release at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/06/spokeo.shtm. Continue reading

Criminal Records Used for Background Checks Much Harder to Obtain at San Luis Obispo Court

Citing budget and time constraints on staff, San Luis Obispo (California) Superior Court officials have stopped immediate window service for people seeking bulk criminal record information for background checks and requests for multiple criminal records must be submitted in writing at the counter or by mail, according to a story in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The Tribune also reports that requests will be processed on a “first-come, first-serve” basis and research taking longer than 10 minutes will cost $15 and copies will cost 50 cents per page. The Tribune report is available at: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/06/01/2089181/background-checks-criminal-records.html. Continue reading

New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks Could Place Employers in Catch 22 Situation

The new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 issued on April 25, 2012 could impose undeserved liability and risk on employers by placing them in an irreconcilable “Catch 22” situation where they will have to choose between conducting criminal background checks and risking liability for supposedly violating the EEOC’s Guidance or abandoning background checks and risking liability for criminal conduct by employees, according to a Legal Memorandum from The Heritage Foundation: “The Dangerous Impact of Barring Criminal Background Checks: Congress Needs to Overrule the EEOC’s New Employment ‘Guidelines.’” Continue reading

International Background Checks and New EEOC Guidance Explained in Webinars on June 13 and June 14

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host an hour long webinar titled ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ with Avant Resources on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern). For more information about the webinar, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/International-Background-Checks-Global-due-Diligence-and-Legal-Compliance-136/. Rosen will also present a webinar on Thursday, June 14, 2012 titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern). Seats to the complimentary webinar may be reserved at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/781044434. Continue reading

Law Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Bus Drivers Called For Following NTSB Report on Fatal NY Crash

New York State Transportation Committee Chairman Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) has called on the New York State Assembly to pass legislation (S5171B) that would require criminal background checks for bus drivers following a new National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report that examined a tragic March 12, 2011 bus crash in Bronx, NY which killed 15 people and recommended more comprehensive driver history checks of bus drivers, according to a press release posted by Fuschillo on his official website. A synopsis of the NTSB report, including a complete list of the safety recommendations, is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2012/new_york_ny/index.html. Continue reading