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Symphony Technology Group Company First Advantage to Acquire LexisNexis Screening Business from Reed Elsevier

First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) portfolio company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire the employment and resident screening business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a division of Reed Elsevier. A press release from First Advantage about the deal is available at http://www.fadv.com/uploadedFiles/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/First-Advantage-LexisNexis-Release-011713.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen Interviewed about Top 10 Background Check Trends for 2013

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), was recently interviewed by Tom Field, Vice President of Editorial with Information Security Media Group, about the 6th annual ESR ‘Top 10 Background Check Trends for 2013.’ The interview with Rosen revealed a new emphasis on the accuracy of information in reports and use of criminal records by employers. To listen to the interview, visit the BankInfoSecurity.com website at http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/interviews/top-10-screening-trends-for-2013-i-1760. Continue reading

Georgia Department of Agriculture Failed To Use E-Verify for Employment Eligibility Verification

An audit has revealed that the Georgia Department of Agriculture failed to register to use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system until April of 2012 to check if newly hired employees were eligible to work in the United States when use of the database was required by state law of public employers since 2007, according to a report by the Associated Press (AP). The story from AP is available at http://www.gpb.org/news/2013/01/05/dept-of-agriculture-failed-to-use-e-verify. Continue reading

Ohio Attorney General to Warn Employers about Criminal Background Check Law

To avoid a false sense of security about job applicants during employment screening, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to warn employers in the state that criminal background checks processed by his office under a new law will only include information about convictions and guilty pleas and will not include arrests and charges that did not result in convictions, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The full AP story is available at http://www.marionstar.com/viewart/20130116/NEWS01/301160002/Ohio-AG-advises-employers-about-background-checks. Continue reading

Mobile Apps Marketers Offering Criminal Background Checks To Settle FTC Charges for Violating Fair Credit Reporting Act

In resolving the first Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case involving mobile “apps,” marketers of mobile applications that compiled and sold criminal record background check reports as job applicant screening tools have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they operated as consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) without taking consumer protection measures required by the FCRA.  The FTC’s settlement order, which prohibits the companies involved from future FCRA violations, is available at http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/1123195/130110filquarianagree.pdf. Continue reading

Massachusetts Authorizes National Fingerprint Based Criminal Background Checks on All Teachers and School Employees

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill – H4307, “An Act Relative to Background Checks” – that closes an existing criminal history background checks loophole by authorizing the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and school districts to conduct national fingerprint-based criminal history background checks on all teachers, school employees, and early education providers in the state. To read the full text of Bill H4307, visit http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H04307. Continue reading

Background Screening Industry Focused on Accuracy after Stories of Background Checks Gone Wrong

A new focus on accuracy in the background screening industry has emerged after several reports about inaccurate background checks appeared in the news recently. The latest story is a blog on HuffingtonPost.com titled ‘5 Stories of Background Checks Gone Awry’ that describes how background checks used when people apply for jobs, open bank accounts, or rent or buy homes can sometimes be “just wrong.” The HuffingtonPost.com blog, which lists five specific incidences of when background checks contained bad information, is available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erin-steiner/5-stories-of-background-c_b_2427586.html. Continue reading

ESR Speaks Training Program Educates Businesses about Background Checks Nationwide

For over a decade, the “ESR Speaks” Training Program from nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) featuring ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester S. Rosen has provided engaging and informative speakers for conferences, seminars, and webinars nationwide to help employers, recruiters, HR professionals, and security providers better understand background checks. For more information about “ESR Speaks,” visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR_Speaks.php. Continue reading

New EEOC Criminal Guidance Subject of Human Resources Virtual Conference Webcast on January 16

To help all Human Resources professionals involved in recruiting comply with new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of arrest and conviction records, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President Brad Landin will present a webcast titled ‘Dealing with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ at the HR.com Quality of Hire Virtual Conference on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST. For more information about the webcast, please visit: http://www.hr.com/en?t=/contentManager/onStory&StoryID=1355511089428. Continue reading

New York Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law would Require Background Checks of Senior Caregivers

Proposed legislation in New York for an “Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law” would require senior care facilities to conduct criminal background checks for all employees using the state’s sex offender registry to prevent registered sex offenders from gaining employment. More information about the proposed bill from New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and New York State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon), which would close a current loophole in the law, is available in a news release at http://www.marchione2012.com/2013/01/04/tedisco-marchione-call-for-elder-care-facility-sex-offender-law/. Continue reading