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Background Check Expert to Speak at SHRM Annual Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, a noted background check expert and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2014: What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM ET at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida. For details about the session at SHRM Annual, visit http://annual.shrm.org/sessionplanner/session/6303. Continue reading

Hearing Examines EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs about EEOCOn June 10, 2014, a House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee held a hearing – “The Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities of the EEOC: Examining the Concerns of Stakeholders” – that examined worries over U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance that discourages employers from conducting criminal background checks on job applicants. An archived webcast of the EEOC hearing is available at: http://edworkforcehouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=263. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases White Paper on Social Media Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Social Media Background ChecksTo help employers understand the possible risks of using social media to screen job applicants, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a nationwide background screening provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has released a white paper titled ‘Ten Potential Dangers When Using Social Media Background Checks.’ The complimentary white paper is available for download at http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/Download/. Continue reading

E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum for Employers on June 23

Written By Thomas Ahearn

E-Verify NewsThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – is inviting employers to a virtual E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum on Monday, June 23, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the E-Verify and Form I-9 federal employment eligibility verification programs. A E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum flyer is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/E-Verify-FormI-9-Virtual-Forum-Flyer.pdf. Continue reading

Privacy Big Issue when Recruiting Applicants on Internet

Written By Thomas Ahearn

RecruitingPrivacy is a significant issue when using the Internet for recruiting job applicants as more employers rely on social media as a key source from which to acquire talent, according to the article ‘Is Using the Internet to Recruit a Violation of an Applicant’s Privacy? Part I’ on the Recruiting Trends web site by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). The complete article is available at http://www.recruitingtrends.com/thought-leadership/570-is-using-the-internet-to-recruit-a-violation-of-an-applicant-s-privacy-part-i. Continue reading

Court Approves Settlement in Background Checks Lawsuit

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Background Checks LawsuitsA New Jersey federal court has approved an $870,500 settlement between New Jersey-based New England Motor Freight and a group of 7,000 truck drivers who claimed that “the carrier denied them employment after conducting criminal background checks and obtaining credit reports and driver history records without their authorization,” according to a story on the Transport Topics website available at http://www.ttnews.com/articles/showtemplate.aspx?storyid=35124&t=Court-Approves-Settlement-in-New-Jersey-Background-Check-Lawsuit. Continue reading

May Jobs Report Shows Increase of 217000 Jobs

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Jobs Report BlogsTotal nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 217,000 jobs in May 2014 while the unemployment rate at 6.3 percent and the number of unemployed persons at  9.8 million remained unchanged, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The May 2014 jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Uber Driver with Criminal Past Allegedly Hit Passenger

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs - Criminal RecordsA driver with car service company Uber who passed a background check even though he had a criminal record is accused of physically assaulting his passenger and faces criminal charges, according to an article on Forbes.com available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/06/03/uber-driver-with-felony-conviction-charged-with-battery-for-allegedly-hitting-passenger/. Continue reading

May 2014 ADP Employment Report Shows 179000 Jobs Added

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Employment ReportPrivate sector employment in the United States increased by 179,000 jobs from April to May, according to the May 2014 ADP National Employment Report produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The employment report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/May/NER/NER-May-2014.aspx. Continue reading

EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Examined in Webinar

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EEOCIn April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved updated Guidance on the use of criminal records during the hiring process. To help employers comply with the EEOC, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an hour long webinar with Avant Resources titled ‘Proper Use of Criminal Records When Hiring: Best Practices for Complying with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidelines’ on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET. To learn more, visit http://www.avantresources.com/store/proper-use-of-criminal-records-when-hiring2014-05-30-19-16-20-detail. Continue reading