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ESR Webinar on EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Provides Clients Pathway to Compliance with ESR Assured Compliance System

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a special “client only” webinar ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take Today to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 11 AM to 12 PM Noon Pacific. The webinar will provide ESR clients a pathway to compliance with updated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on criminal records with templates and options through the proprietary ESR Assured ComplianceSM system to fulfill recommended EEOC best practices. ESR clients may register for the webinar is at: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Practical-Steps-Employers-Can-Take-Today-to-Comply-with-the-New-EEOC-Criminal-Guidance-139/. Continue reading

Company Forfeits 2 Million Dollars to DHS for Hiring Illegal Workers and Agrees to Use E-Verify

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently announced in a press release that a Houston, Texas-based tree trimming company has avoided criminal prosecution for employing illegal workers by agreeing to forfeit $2 million to the DHS related to revenue derived from the employment of illegal workers. The company has also agreed to adhere to revised immigration compliance procedures that include the use of E-Verify, a free electronic employment eligibility verification system run by the U.S. government. The press release from ICE is available at: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1205/120518houston.htm. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Says Employers Must Perform Balancing Act with Background Checks in NPR Article

In an article recently published on the National Public Radio (NPR) website, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), says employers must perform a kind of balancing act with background checks since “every story of a person denied a job because of some youthful indiscretion decades in the past” is usually balanced by a “case of a registered sex offender whose record was not properly checked before being hired for a job involving interaction with the public.” The NPR article ‘How Much Can Potential Employers Ask About You?’ is available at: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/21/153201730/how-much-can-potential-employers-ask-about-you. Continue reading

ESR Provides Clients Specific Alternatives on EEOC Criminal Records Guidance through Additions to Proprietary ESR Assured Compliance System

To help businesses remain in compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on use of criminal background checks, Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), will provide its clients with the ESR Assured ComplianceSM system for EEOC criminal guidance at a special “client only” webinar hosted by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen – ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take Today to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ – on May 31, 2012 from 11 AM to 12 PM Noon Pacific Time. Information on how ESR clients may register for the webinar is available at: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Practical-Steps-Employers-Can-Take-Today-to-Comply-with-the-New-EEOC-Criminal-Guidance-139/. Continue reading

Unregistered Sex Offender Who Worked at Small Business Shows Why Small Businesses Should Conduct Background Checks

In a story that shows why background checks are needed for small businesses, WCCO-TV CBS Channel 4 in Minneapolis, MN reports that a sex offender who worked for a small business in Minnesota that provided bouncy houses and other fun inflatables at birthday parties and graduations was recently arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.  WCCO-TV reports that the arrest that caught the owner of the small business, who was unaware that the employee was convicted of a sex crime in 1995, off guard. The WCCO-TV story is available here: ‘Sex Offender Case Highlights Need for Background Checks.’

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Revised 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Shows One Out of Ten Workplace Deaths Attributed to Homicide

According to the revised numbers reflecting updates to the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the final count of fatal work injuries in the United States in 2010 was 4,690, up from the preliminary count of 4,547, with 518 of those deaths, up from  506, caused by workplace homicides. These figures mean approximately 11 percent of workplace deaths – more than one out of ten – were attributed to homicide. The revised 2010 CFOI of April 2012 for the preliminary results in August 2011 is available at: http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfoi_revised10.pdf. Continue reading

House Passes Appropriations Bill that would Block Enforcement of New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed an appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) that provides funding for several agencies including the allocation of $367 million the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) but also includes amendments that would block implementation and enforcement of several programs including the new EEOC guidance on the ‘Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ for employers using criminal background checks. The full text of H.R. 5326 is available at: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr5326/text. Continue reading

ACFE 2012 Report to the Nations Finds Fraud Costs Organizations Five Percent of Revenues Each Year

The 2012 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) estimates that the typical organization loses five percent of its revenues to occupational fraud each year and that this figure translates to a potential projected global fraud loss of more than $3.5 trillion applied to the estimated 2011 Gross World Product. The study also found that the median loss caused by the occupational fraud cases was $140,000, and more than one-fifth of these cases caused losses of at least $1 million. The ACFE 2012 Report to the Nations is available at: http://www.acfe.com/RTTN/. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Experts To Be Guests on The Proactive Employer Internet Talk Radio Program May 17

Hiring safe employees is not as simple as some employers may think, and the topic of “safe hiring” will be discussed by two guests on this week’s episode of the Internet talk radio program ‘The Proactive Employer.’ Attorney Les Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), and Joel Passen, Co-Founder of Newton Smart Applicant Tracking Software, will join host Stephanie R. Thomas, Ph.D. to talk about the elements of a safe hiring plan, common questions and concerns employers have about hiring, and how to implement a Safe Hiring Program (SHP). The hour long show will air live on Thursday, May 17th at 3 PM Eastern / 12 PM Pacific on the VoiceAmerica™ Business Channel and on The Proactive Employer website. Continue reading

Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2012 Reviewed in PIHRA Webinar on May 18

To help Human Resources professionals understand the current trends, best practices, and legal developments affecting due diligence and hiring, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar titled ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2012’ for the Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for this program, which is approved for 1.0 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute, visit: PIHRA Webinar ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2012’. Continue reading