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Technology Decreasing Time and Effort Needed for Employers to Perform Background Checks

Technology will continue to decrease time and effort needed for background checks in 2014. In the coming year, employers can expect to see even more robust Applicant Generated Report (AGR) systems where applicants perform the data entry and also integration with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) where employers can simply click a button and be done.  This is Trend Number Ten of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 to Be Announced by Employment Screening Resources

Nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will soon announce the 7th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014  featuring emerging and influential trends in the screening industry chosen by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. After first being presented on the ESR News Blog, each trend will appear on the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ page at Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Launches Redesigned Website Focused on Needs of Employers Conducting Background Checks

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), has launched a redesigned company website focused on the needs of employers conducting background checks with five special features: Effortless Legal Compliance, Proven Expertise, Less Work/Lower Cost, Results You Can Trust, and Painless Migration. The newly redesigned ESR website is available at Continue reading

San Francisco Proposes Ordinance to Ban Most Private Employers from Asking about Criminal Records on Job Applications

Legislation proposed by members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – Ordinance No. 131192 – would expand existing “Ban the Box” rules that prevent city agencies from asking applicants about criminal convictions on job applications to include most private employers in the city, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. Ordinance No. 131192 is available at Continue reading

Safe Hiring Manual Author Lester Rosen Speaks about Hiring Practices and Social Media in Paycor Webinar December 11

Attorney Lester Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about hiring practices and social media in a webinar sponsored by leading HR software provider Paycor on Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To register for the webinar, visit: Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Speak at NCHRA Workshop about Hiring Safe and Qualified Workers on December 10

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a three hour workshop for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) titled ‘Hiring Safe and Qualified Workers Using Pre-Employment Background Checks’ on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST in San Rafael, California. For more information and to register for the event, please visit Continue reading

November 2013 Employment Report Shows Gain of 203000 Jobs while Unemployment Rate Drops to 7 Percent

Total nonfarm employment in the United States rose by 203,000 jobs in November 2013 while the unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped from 11.3 million to 10.9 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — NOVEMBER 2013’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Employment Situation report is available at Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on California Background Check Laws December 2

Since the Golden State has a unique set of background check laws, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area based Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the webinar “Dealing with ‘Only in California’ Laws Regulating Employment Screening and Safe Hiring” on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon PT at the ‘HR In California’ virtual conference. For more information and to register for the event, visit Continue reading

Study Finds Social Media Background Screening by Employers May Discriminate against Job Seekers

The study ‘An Experiment in Hiring Discrimination via Online Social Networks’ by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has found that sharing too much personal information on social networks may lead to hiring discrimination by employers using social media to screen job seekers, according to a story available at Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit against Background Firm Alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations Demonstrates Importance of Legal Compliance

The importance of legal compliance and background checks was underscored in the filing of a class action lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on November 1, 2013 against a Florida based background screening firm for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The lawsuit seeks statutory damages that can be $100 to $1,000 for every consumer that was the subject of a background check done using the forms and methods that were the subject of the complaint.  The lawsuit also request punitive damages. The law also provides for attorneys fees. The case is Los Angeles County Superior Court case BR 526352. Continue reading