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Background Check Industry Will Continue to Both Expand and Consolidate Simultaneously in 2016

 ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Judging by the number of background check firms being bought and sold in the past few years and the number of new start-ups entering the background check business, the screening industry will continue to both expand and consolidate simultaneously in 2016. This is the number 3 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Employers and Human Resources Will Be Bombarded with Meaningless Marketing Buzz around Supposed Disruptive Technology in 2016

 ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers and Human Resources (HR) professionals will be bombarded with meaningless marketing buzz offering new HR technology that promises to disrupt stodgy old industries and radically change outdated business models in 2016. However, these new techniques may largely be without substance. This is the number 4 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Background Screening Firms, Human Resources, and Employers Will Be Focused on Legal Compliance and Accuracy in 2016

 ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Due to increased pressure and scrutiny from both the federal government and private attorneys seeking multi-million dollar judgments, background screening firms, human resources (HR) professionals, and employers will be focused on legal compliance and accuracy issues in 2016. This is the number 5 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Domestic Terrorist Attacks Will Put Social Media Background Checks in the National Spotlight in 2016

ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Social media background checks that examine online postings by users of popular websites like Facebook and Twitter will be in the national spotlight in 2016 in the United States due to domestic terrorist attacks such as the tragic San Bernardino, California workplace shooting that left 14 people dead. This is the number 6 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Ban the Box Movement May Reach Tipping Point But Could Also Inadvertently Do More Harm than Good in 2016

ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The fast spreading Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from job applications and delays such inquiries until later in the hiring process is gaining national acceptance and may reach a tipping point in 2016. However, Ban the Box laws that go too far could also inadvertently do more harm than good. This is the number 7 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Applicant Tracking Solutions Will Review Integrations with Screening Partners to Address Emerging Legal Risks in 2016

 ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Applicant Tracking Solutions (ATS) operators will review ATS integrations with their background screening partners to address emerging legal risks involving areas such as data breaches and litigation over consent forms in previously accepted processes and revise those integrations accordingly in 2016. This is the number 8 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Background Check Class Action Lawsuit Settles for $716,400

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit settlement of $716,400 was reached with Van Heusen, Izod, G.H. Bass, and Calvin Klein over allegations that the company obtained background check reports without complying with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Should Increase in 2016

ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The shrinking workforce in the United States, decriminalization of nonviolent crimes, protections against liability for employers willing to hire applicants with criminal records, and the rapidly spreading “Ban the Box” movement will all combine to create more job opportunities for reformed ex-offenders in 2016. This is the number 9 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Privacy Concerns Will Loom Large Between EU and US in Terms of International Background Checks in 2016

ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

As a result of an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidating the “Safe Harbor” pact that allowed the transfer of personal data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.), privacy concerns will loom large between the EU and U.S. in terms of international background checks in 2016. This is the number 10 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper to Help Ex-Offenders Get Back Into Workforce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global screening firm, has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen titled “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back into the Workforce.” The goal of this whitepaper is to provide helpful insights and suggestions to assist job applicants with criminal records who are seeking to rebuild their lives and re-enter society through gainful employment. This complimentary whitepaper is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Whitepapers/Ten-Steps-for-Ex-Offenders-to-Get-Back-in-Workforce/. Continue reading