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Background Check Class Action against Employer for Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act Survives Challenge

In yet another class action alleging that an employer did not comply with the legal requirements of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a federal court in Maryland refused a motion to dismiss a class action that alleges that Domino’s Pizza failed to comply with the requirements of the FCRA, the federal law that regulates pre-employment background screening.  In a decision filed January 25, 2012, the Court did not rule on the facts, but ruled that the plaintiffs had made a sufficient showing to deny a motion by the employer to dismiss. In addition, the court refused to strike allegations that the conduct was willful, which means that the plaintiff faces statutory damages as well as potential punitive damages.

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Caregiver Background Checks Rising as Millions of US Adults Care for Aging Parents

With the National Institute on Aging (NIA) estimating that approximately seven million Americans are long-distance caregivers for their aging parents who live an hour or more away, the need for trusted and qualified caregivers in rising fast and is expected to grow over the next four decades as the segment of the U.S. population between 20 and 64 – the age group most often faced with caregiving – shrinks while the share of people 65 and older rapidly expands, this according to the Associated Press (AP) story ‘Millions now manage aging parents’ care from afar’ published in various news outlets. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Research Shows Increase in Homicides Committed by Work Associates

A new report “Violence in the Workplace” by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) shows that while work-related homicides and injuries due to workplace assaults remain well below levels observed in the mid-1990s, homicides committed by “work associates” – a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) category made up of both coworkers and customers – have increased. To view the complete report, visit: https://www.ncci.com/documents/Workplace_Research.pdf. Continue reading

International Background Screening Seminar in Amsterdam Features US Safe Hiring Expert

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of accredited U.S. background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will speak on “The Challenges of Safe and Smart Hiring” at the Employee & Background Screening Seminar in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on February 2, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM Local Time. For more information and to register for the seminar, visit http://cv-ok.nl/inschrijven. Continue reading

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: http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/interviews.php?interviewID=1347. 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, HR.com’s certification and accreditation arm, visit http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/virtual_events/upcoming_virtual_events/quality-of-hire_gog5ufud.html. 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