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EEOC Settles Lawsuit Over Record Keeping of Criminal Background Checks

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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. Continue reading

DOJ Charges Executive in $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam

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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 approximately $140 million from tens of thousands of consumers, according to a press release from the DOJ’s U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York. Continue reading

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

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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 security measures such as SSAE 16 Service Organization Control (SOC) 2® reports and accreditation from National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) from screening providers is Trend Number 3 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

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

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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 fact that employers will need to strengthen screening for the growing on-demand workforce in America is Trend Number 4 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

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

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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 is a process that more employers are considering as a critical post-hire due diligence tool is Trend Number 5 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

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 continue to improve the screening and hiring process is Trend Number 6 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

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

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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 juvenile records occurring while that person was subject to juvenile court law. Continue reading

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 fact that Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest segment of the U.S. workforce and are making employers change their methods of background screening for job applicants is Trend Number 7 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

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 the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that governs background checks in the U.S. will remain a potential threat to employers despite recent court rulings dismissing FCRA lawsuits and citing the Spokeo decision as the reason is Trend Number 8 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Drug Testing in Workplace Will Have to Deal with Growth of State Laws Allowing Use of Marijuana

 

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

As of November 2016, a total of 28 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) website. Some states have also passed laws allowing for the recreational use of marijuana by adults. The fact that employers performing workplace drug testing will have to deal with the rapid growth of state laws allowing the use of marijuana is Trend Number 9 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading