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Identity Theft Tops Federal Trade Commission List of Consumer Complaints

Written By Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints once again for 2013 and that U.S. consumers reported losing more than $1.6 billion to fraud overall. The FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) Data Book 2013 found that 290,056 of the more than two million complaints received – 14 percent – were identity theft related. The CSN report is available at Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Co-Authors International Employment Background Checks Module in Global HR Practitioner Handbook

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has co-authored the ‘International Employment Background Checks’ module in the Global HR Practitioner Handbook Volume 2. Rosen’s co-author, Lisbeth Claus, Ph.D., Professor of Global HR at Willamette University, is Editor-in-Chief of the Global HR Practitioner Handbook. For more information, visit Continue reading

Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification Taught in Live Online Session March 4

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Verifying past employment and education and obtaining references has become critical when hiring in challenging economic times.  Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will teach a live 90 minute online training session for TrainHR titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 starting at 11:00 AM PST/2:00 PM EST. For more information, visit Continue reading

Ride-Sharing Firm Expands Criminal Background Checks after Gaps Found

Written By Thomas Ahearn

An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has revealed that one of the largest ride-sharing providers in the country missed the felony conviction of one of its drivers, a discovery that has led to the expansion of the company’s background check process. The full report is available at,0,3099755.story. Continue reading

Commission on Civil Rights Report Examines Effects of EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

A briefing report released by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) – ‘Assessing the Impact of Criminal Background Checks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Conviction Records Policy’ – examines the effects of the EEOC’s updated Guidance policy on the use of conviction records by employers on African-American and Latino job applicants. The complete report – in which some members of the civil rights panel argue that the EEOC’s guidelines are flawed and vague – is available at Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Teach Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification on February 26

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an audio conference for teaching ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. The program is approved for 1.5 PHR/SPHR recertification credit hours through HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information, visit Continue reading

San Francisco Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Criminal Background Checks by Private Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed ‘Ban the Box’ legislation – the Fair Chance Ordinance – that requires private employers in the city with 20 or more employees to limit the use of criminal background checks when hiring, according to a report. The law takes effect 30 days after signing and is operative in 180 days. The report is at Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Achieves Background Screening Credentialing Council Accreditation

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and will continue to be formally recognized as BSCC-Accredited. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Releases Annual Survey on Office Romance

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the CareerBuilder annual survey on office romance has found that 38 percent – nearly two in five – of U.S. workers have dated someone working for the same company and 16 percent said they dated co-workers more than once. More information about this survey is available in the press release ‘Thirty-Eight Percent of Workers Have Dated a Co-Worker, Finds CareerBuilder Survey.’ Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Natural Food Retailer Violated FCRA with Background Checks

A class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleges Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic food retailer, obtained background checks on job applicants using consent forms that were not legally valid in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from available at Continue reading