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Background Investigator Symposium to Feature Presentation on Employment Screening and Safe Hiring on October 23

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present ‘Looking Under the Hood: Pre-Employment Screening & Safe Hiring Issues’ for the Background Investigator Symposium at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 23, 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Background-Investigator-Symposium-154/. Continue reading

University of Iowa Criminal Background Check Policy May Expand to Include More Faculty and Staff

More new hires at the University of Iowa (UI) – including faculty positions as well as merit, professional, and scientific staff – could face criminal background checks under a proposed policy expansion approved by the University’s Faculty Council, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. UI’s current background check policy implemented in 2005 applies only to finance or medical positions designated as “security sensitive.” The full article is available on the Iowa City Press-Citizen website at: http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20121017/NEWS01/310170036/UI-hires-will-face-criminal-background-checks. Continue reading

City of Newark to Restrict Criminal Background Checks by Employers Beginning November 18

Effective November 18, 2012, an Ordinance passed by Newark, New Jersey will impose restrictions on employers in the city with five or more employees regarding the use of criminal background checks of job applicants. Newark employers will be prohibited from performing pre-job application criminal background checks and denying employment based on criminal background check results conducted post-offer without an individualized analysis of the criminal background using factors listed in the new Ordinance, which is available at: http://www.employmentlawalert.com/uploads/file/12-1630(1).pdf. Continue reading

Spanish Language Version of I-9 Central Online Resource Center Launched by USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has launched a Spanish language version of the I-9 Central online resource center that provides information, resources, and assistance related to the ‘Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification.’ The Spanish I-9 Central is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central/Espanol. Continue reading

FDIC Grants Waiver to Bank Worker Fired for Putting Cardboard Dime in Washing Machine in 1963

The Des Moines Register reports that a 68-year-old bank worker in Iowa fired by Wells Fargo after a background check found he had been arrested for putting a cardboard dime in a washing machine in 1963 has been cleared to return to work after being granted a waiver by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The full story, an example of the unintended consequences of tightened bank regulations, is available at: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/10/10/fired-bank-employee-cleared-to-work-again. Continue reading

Ban the Box Policies Removing Questions about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreading in US

Two new reports from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reveal that 42 cities and counties and seven states in the U.S. have adopted “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions about criminal history from job application forms and delay them until later in the hiring process to ensure that qualified job applicants with arrest or conviction records are not unfairly shut out from employment opportunities. A press release from NELP – a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that focuses on issues affecting low-wage and unemployed workers – is available at: http://www.nelp.org/page/-/Press%20Releases/2012/PR-Ban-the-Box-Momentum.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

Background Check May Have Prevented Convicted Con Man from Being Awarded City Contracts

According to a column on the DNAinfo.com New York website, a convicted con man who served three years in prison for passing bad checks and ripping off banks was awarded city contracts to restore parks without any kind of criminal background check. The man was later arrested for allegedly paying his workers with $50,000 in bad checks. The column on DNAinfo.com, a leading local news source covering New York City’s neighborhoods, is available at: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121011/new-york-city/city-awarded-contracts-convicted-swindler-without-background-check. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Observed or Experienced by One in Eight Federal Workers According to MSPB Report

According to a report from the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ‘Employee Perceptions of Federal Workplace Violence,’ approximately 13 percent of Federal employees – about one in eight – observed or experienced workplace violence between 2008 and 2010. The MSPB report, which was conducted in 2010 and received responses from 42,000 federal employees at 30 agencies, is at: http://www.mspb.gov/netsearch/viewdocs.aspx?docnumber=759001&version=761840&application=ACROBAT. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Study Finds Over 50 Percent of Employers Have Hired Job Applicants with Criminal Records

A study from CareerBuilder of more than 2,000 hiring managers nationwide revealed 51 percent of Human Resource managers reported that their organizations have hired a job applicant with a criminal record. More information about the study conducted by Harris Interactive©, which also looked at what job applicants with criminal records can do to better their chances of getting hired, is available on CareerBuilder.com®, the largest online career site in the U.S., at: http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-3152-Job-Search-Half-of-employers-have-hired-someone-with-a-criminal-record/. Continue reading

Background Check Firms Under Greater Scrutiny In Wake of 2.6 Million Dollar Penalty for Alleged FCRA Violations

A recent featured article on Workforce.com – ‘Background Screening Firms Face Increased Scrutiny’ – tells how background check firms are being watched more closely in the wake of a $2.6 million civil penalty against a leading screening firm by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The article also reveals background check experts such as Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), are suggesting employers should be more diligent in hiring screening firms and should “screen the screeners.” The Workforce article is available at: http://www.workforce.com/article/20120928/NEWS02/120929949/background-screening-firms-face-increased-scrutiny.

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