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Applicant Tracking Systems Used by Larger Companies to Find Skilled Job Seekers

A majority of larger companies are relying more on technology tools such as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to search for the right skills and experience in job seekers as recruiters and hiring managers are being overwhelmed by the volume of résumés in the current job market, according to an article from The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). An expert on Applicant Tracking Systems from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) quoted in the story said the proportion of large companies using ATS is in the “high 90 percent” range and it is “very rare to find a Fortune 500 company without one.” Continue reading

Top Background Check Trends of 2012 Detailed by Safe Hiring Expert in Interview

The question of whether criminal background checks for job applicants are a smart move or a discriminatory practice is answered by Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), in an exclusive interview with Tom Field, Editorial Director of Information Security Media Group. The interview ‘Top 10 Screening Trends – What You Need to Know Before Conducting Background Checks’ detailing ESR’s Top 10 trends in background checks for 2012 is at: Continue reading

Background Check Avoided by Janitor Arrested on Drug Charges

An Elementary School janitor who was arrested after a drug round up by police agencies had avoided undergoing any background checks by the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) that may have uncovered past drug charges because he was hired prior to 2008, according to a report from KMBT 12 News in Beaumont, Texas. Continue reading

Diploma Mills Thriving in California Due to Laid Back Oversight

Unaccredited schools are thriving in California with approximately 147 known “diploma mills,” more than any other U.S. state and a 10 percent increase from the past year, according to the Accredibase™ Report for 2011 from Verifile Limited. The report found the United States to be the most popular location for known diploma mills in the world with roughly 1,008 operating in the country, an increase of 20 percent over the past year. Continue reading

Employment Screening Trends for 2012 Reviewed in Webcast

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of nationwide background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webcast ‘Top Ten Trends in Background Checks for 2012’ at the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Event on January 26, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET.  To register for the event from IHR,’s certification and accreditation arm, visit Continue reading

More Businesses Insourcing American Jobs to United States

American companies are deciding to keep factories and production facilities in the United States and even bring jobs back to the U.S. from overseas after decades of “outsourcing” jobs to other countries, resulting in a growing trend of “insourcing,” according to the story ‘Everything You Need to Know About Insourcing’ on The White House Blog. Continue reading

Discrimination and Disparate Impact of High School Diploma Requirement for Learning Disabled Discussed in EEOC Letter

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of Legal Counsel recently wrote an informal discussion letter in response to an inquiry from a member of the public asking whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, prohibited a state from requiring students with learning disabilities to take “Gateway tests” or “end-of-course assessments” in order to receive their full high school diplomas. This letter, which is intended to provide an informal discussion of the issue and does not constitute official EEOC opinion, is at: Continue reading

Pepsi Pays 3 Million after EEOC Finds Hiring Discrimination against African Americans with Background Check Policy

Following an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Pepsi Beverages has agreed to pay $3.13 million and make major policy changes by providing job offers and training to resolve a charge of nationwide hiring discrimination against African Americans with criminal background checks, according to a press release from the EEOC website. The Commission found that the criminal background check policy formerly used by Pepsi discriminated against African Americans in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and most of the monetary settlement will primarily be divided among black applicants for positions at Pepsi. Continue reading

Background Check Trends List for 2012 Topped by Greater Scrutiny of Criminal Record Checks of Job Applicants

The use – and, in some cases, misuse – of criminal background checks of job applicants by employers, a practice which has come under greater scrutiny of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has topped the fifth annual Employment Screening Resources ‘Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. For the past five years, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority(SM)’ and nationwide background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has compiled a list featuring emerging and influential trends in employment screening background checks for employers. Continue reading

California Bill AB 1450 would Prohibit Discrimination against Unemployed Jobseekers by Employers or Employment Agencies

In an effort to help stop discrimination against unemployed Californians looking for work who may be passed over by employers or employment agencies only interested in hiring applicants who already have a job, newly proposed legislation in the state – California Assembly Bill No. 1450 (AB 1450) – would fine California employers and employment agencies that refuse to consider jobless applicants for job openings. The full text of California AB 1450 is available at: Continue reading