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Webcast on Reference Checking and Verifications September 4

ESR News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will present a Webcast for HR.com Quality of Hire Virtual Event titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time. For more information about the event, visit http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/webcasts/upcoming_webcasts/legal-and-effective-reference-checking-and-educati_hy8yor11.html. Continue reading

California Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Mug Shot Shakedowns

ESR News Blog

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation – Senate Bill 1027 (SB 1027) – that amends the California Civil Code to prohibit websites from posting arrest mug shots and then charging a fee to remove the photos. The complete text of SB 1027 – which takes effect on January 1, 2015 – is available here: California SB 1027. Continue reading

E-Verify Customized Webinars Offered by USCIS

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – is offering customized E-Verify webinars to educate employers on how to properly verify employment eligibility of newly hired workers. To request a customized E-Verify webinar, please email E-VerifyOutreach@uscis.dhs.gov. Continue reading

Ban the Box Becoming National Trend Says Safe Hiring Expert

 Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from initial job applications is becoming a national trend “that will soon affect all types and sizes of employers,” according to Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Rosen’s comments are featured in an article originally published in Business News Daily and now available online at http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6969-criminal-history-job-applications.html. Continue reading

Top Trends for Background Checks Examined September 3

 Blogs about Trends for Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an HRTrainingCenter.com Audio Conference titled Top Ten Trends For Background Checks on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern. To learn more, visit http://hrtrainingcenter.com/showWCDetails.asp?TCID=1013559&st=. Continue reading

Diploma Mill Shut Down by State of Texas

Diploma Mill Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has resolved the State’s enforcement action against a purported diploma mill that falsely claimed to be an accredited educational institution, according to a press release on the Texas Attorney General website. The final judgment in State of Texas vs. Lincoln Academy is available at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/files/LincolnAcademyFinalJudgment.pdf. Continue reading

Lawsuit against WMATA Alleges Background Check Violations

 Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) claims that WMATA’s criminal background check policy violates the civil rights of African Americans, according to a report by The Washington Post. Continue reading

Ban the Box Arrives in San Francisco August 13

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box Movement – named for the box on job applications that applicants check if they have criminal records – has arrived in San Francisco, California as the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) takes effect Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This Ban the Box Ordinance requires San Francisco City or County employers with 20 or more employees to follow strict rules about inquiring into and using the criminal records of job applicants and employees. Continue reading

Ban the Box Act Signed by New Jersey Governor

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed Ban the Box legislation – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – that establishes certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking about criminal records of job applicants early in the hiring process The Ban the Box Act is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2124_I1.HTM. Continue reading

Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

 Data Breach ESR News Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Officials said a U.S. background check contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suffered a data breach that most likely resulted in the theft of personally identifiable information (PII) of some DHS employees, according to a report from The Washington Post. Continue reading