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DHS Questioned about Contract to Background Check Firm

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogRepresentative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) have written a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation about the awarding of a $190 million contract to a background check firm accused of “alleged fraudulent activity” with investigations in the past, according to a Federal News Radio report available at: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/473/3664684/Congressmen-demand-answers-from-DHS-over-new-USIS-contract. Continue reading

Disney Stresses Background Checks after Investigation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogA six-month CNN investigation has uncovered “at least 35 Disney employees arrested since 2006 and accused of sex crimes involving children, trying to meet a minor for sex, or for possession of child pornography.” The investigation also found the arrests of five Universal Studios Florida employees and two SeaWorld employees. So far, a total of 32 have been convicted. A CNN report about the investigation, which led Walt Disney World to issue a statement stressing employee background checks, is available at http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/14/us/theme-park-employees-child-sex-stings/. Continue reading

Legal Risks of Background Checks Examined in Webinar

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Background Checks & Legal ComplianceA panel of three legal experts will present a live 90 minute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) webinar to examine the legal risks employers face when conducting background checks and discuss the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on then use of criminal records for hiring decisions. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PDT. For more information, visit https://www.straffordpub.com/products/pre-employment-background-screening-under-2014-eeoc-guidance-and-intense-scrutiny-2014-07-23. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Speak at SF HR Star Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenTo help California HR professionals understand that background checks performed in the Golden State have different rules than the rest of the country, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Only in California: Using Background Checks to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court’ at the 2014 San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The San Francisco HR Star Conference takes place from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time at the South San Francisco Conference Center. To learn more, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Class Action Lawsuit BlogsA class action lawsuit filed in a Georgia federal court against Home Depot alleges the home improvement company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by performing background checks without notifying employees and job applicants and failing to give them copies of the background checks before taking actions against them based on the information in the reports. A TopClassActions.com article about the class against lawsuit is available at http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/33565-home-depot-hit-employee-background-check-class-action-lawsuit/. Continue reading

Social Media May Cause Employers to Not Hire Job Candidates

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Social Media Background ChecksA new survey from leading human capital solutions provider CareerBuilder has found that 51 percent of employers – more than half – who researched job candidates on social media found content that caused them to not hire the candidate, up from 43 percent in 2013 and 34 percent in 2012. Continue reading

DHS Awards $190 Million Contract to Background Check Firm

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a new $190 million contract to a background check firm once accused of “defrauding the government while carrying out background checks on millions of people” but never blocked from federal work, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal available online at http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-gives-new-contract-to-firm-that-cleared-nsa-leaker-1404344583. Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Class Action Lawsuit BlogsA Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuit filed in a Georgia federal court alleges that a rent-to-own retailer ran background checks and credit reports on employees and job applicants without providing copies of the reports and took adverse employment action against applicants and employees without giving them access to the reports or informing them of their rights under the FCRA. A copy of the Complaint is available at http://thejordanfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1-main.pdf. Continue reading

Indiana Changes Criminal Background Checks for Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Indiana Background ChecksEffective July 1, 2014, an amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 changes what information “criminal history providers” such as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that assemble criminal history reports for employment background checks may report to employers. The amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title24/ar4/ch18.html. Continue reading

Survey Finds California Public Employers Ready to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxA survey released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) details compliance efforts by public employers in California to successfully put in place new job applications to comply with a Ban the Box law – Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) – which took effect July 1, 2014. The Ban the Box law removes questions about convictions from state and local government job applications and postpones such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The survey titled ‘Implementation of California Ban the Box Legislation (AB 218)’ is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/2014/NELP-California-AB-218-Ban-the-Box-Implementation-Survey-Memo.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading