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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 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 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 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 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 blog, which lists five specific incidences of when background checks contained bad information, is available at 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 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 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: 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 Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013 Released by Employment Screening Resources

Nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) has released its Sixth Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ featuring emerging and influential trends in the background screening industry selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. For 2013, the focus on accuracy of background check report information and the greater scrutiny of the screening industry was chosen as the number one trend. The Sixth Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ is available at Continue reading

December 2012 BLS Employment Report Estimates 155000 Jobs Gained while ADP Report Reveals 215000 Jobs Added

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States rose by 155,000 jobs in December 2012, bringing the total number of jobs created in 2012 to 1.84 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — DECEMBER 2012’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today. The report also found the unemployment rate remained largely unchanged at 7.8 percent while the number of unemployed people, at 12.2 million, also was little changed during the month. The December 2012 report will be available at until the January 2013 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, February 1, 2013. Continue reading

Background Screening Industry Faces Greater Scrutiny after Accuracy of Criminal Background Checks Questioned

In 2012, after reported cases of inaccurate criminal background checks costing job seekers employment, the background screening industry faced greater scrutiny over accuracy of reports. This increased attention included a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report recommending regulations on data brokers, the FTC charging companies with alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations, a National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) report on inaccurate background checks, two New York Times editorials, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) increasing supervision of background checks, and an NBC Today Show report on background check errors. In response, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) refuted reports critical of the screening industry and pointed to an accreditation program created to improve accuracy. This focus on accuracy is Trend 1 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at Continue reading