Re-Entry and Second Chance Programs for Ex-Offenders Will Increase in Importance for Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study on the criminal background of workers and job performance released in October of 2016 by Northwestern University found that ex-offenders who had criminal records were no worse as employees in the workplace than non-offenders. The fact that re-entry programs and second chance programs  will …

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EEOC Settles Lawsuit Over Record Keeping of Criminal Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A nationwide provider of janitorial and facilities management services will adopt significant changes to its record-keeping practices related to the use of criminal background checks to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an EEOC press release.

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DOJ Charges Executive in $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of a criminal Complaint charging an executive of a Pakistani company with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a worldwide diploma mill scheme that collected …

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Financial Institutions Will Seek Stronger Security Measures from Screening Providers including SOC 2 Reports and NAPBS Accreditation

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With data breaches front page news in 2016, industries dealing with sensitive and confidential information – especially in the financial sector – know ensuring data security from third party service providers is mission critical. The fact that businesses including banks and financial institutions will seek stronger …

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New Gig Economy Will Force Employers to Strengthen Screening of Growing On Demand Workforce

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The fast growing “gig economy” that focuses on temporary work – or “gigs” – accounted for 30 percent of new jobs and created new income sources for 2.1 million people in the United States between 2010 and 2014, according to a 2015 American Action Forum Report. The …

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Continuous Screening of Employees Will Gain More Acceptance as Critical Post-Hire Due Diligence Tool

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn While most companies currently perform background screening on employees once at the pre-hire stage, “the new normal may call for continuous, post-hire monitoring” in the near future to avoid insider threats, according to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article. The fact that Continuous Screening …

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HR Technology Advancements Will Continue to Improve Background Screening in the Hiring Process

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New HR technology is making background screening for employment purposes “faster, smarter, and easier” while integrations with HR systems have “changed the game” for Human Resource professionals, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. The fact that HR Technology will …

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New California Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking about Juvenile Criminal Records Takes Effect January 1

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A new law – Assembly Bill (A.B.) No. 1843 – will take effect January 1, 2017, and amend Section 432.7 of the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes or asking a job applicant to disclose information concerning certain …

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Millennials in Workforce Will Make Employers Change Methods of Background Screening Job Applicants

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau have found that Millennials – defined as people aged 18 to 34 in 2015 – numbered 75.4 million and in 2015 surpassed the 74.9 million Baby Boomers aged 51 to 69, according to a Pew Research Center article. The …

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FCRA Lawsuits Will Remain a Potential Threat to Employers After Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo Case

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that consumers must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute. However, the fact that class action lawsuits involving …

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