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Nevada Law Restricting Employer Access to Credit Reports and Social Media Accounts Takes Effect October 1

A new law in Nevada signed by Governor Brian Sandoval – Assembly Bill 181 (A.B. 181) – will restrict employer access to social media accounts and credit report information of both employees and job applicants beginning on October 1, 2013. The full text of Nevada Assembly Bill 181 is available at Continue reading

ICE Cracks Down on Form I-9 Compliance by Handing Notices of Inspection to 1000 Businesses

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched its latest crackdown on Form I-9 compliance and the hiring illegal workers by handing a Notice of Inspection (NOI) to approximately 1,000 businesses in the past few weeks, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) available at

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Report Examines Employer Compliance with New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Released in 2012

A report from Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, PA titled ‘EEOC’s Criminal Record Guidance One Year Later: Lessons from the Community’ examines employer compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ released on April 25, 2012. The complete report by Sharon M. Dietrich, Managing Attorney of CLS, is available at Continue reading

EEOC Responds to Attorneys General Letter Urging Reconsideration of Criminal Background Check Guidance

The Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has responded to a letter sent in July 2013 from the Attorneys General of nine states – Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia – that urged the EEOC to reconsider positions expressed in its ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ approved in April 2012. The complete EEOC letter is available at Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks for Rental Housing Tenants Settled for 150000 Dollars

A tenant screening company that background checks tenants for rental housing has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a class action lawsuit over its screening practices, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP) on the Bloomberg Businessweek website. The complete report is available at Continue reading

Government Background Check System Gave Navy Yard Gunman Security Clearance despite Arrest History

The U.S. government’s background check system gave Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis, a military contractor and former Navy reservist, an all-access secret-level clearance pass to a several military installations despite a history of arrests and disorderly conduct, according to a report from The Washington Post. Officials say Alexis used his security clearance pass to enter the Washington Navy Yard and shoot 12 people to death before being killed by police. The complete Washington Post report is available at: Continue reading

Webcast Outlining FCRA and Background Checks for HR Professionals Scheduled for September 26

Ory Tucker, the Client Experience Director of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webcast titled ‘The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Background Checks’ for the Institutes for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Conference on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ET. For information about the webcast and to register for the free event, visit Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Reveal Strategies for Reducing Insider Risk at ASIS International Annual Seminar

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Reducing The Insider Risk: Strategies For Background Checks After Hiring’ at the ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information about ASIS 2013 – which takes place from September 24 to 27, 2013 – visit Continue reading

Medical Identity Theft in United States Increased Nearly 20 Percent in Past Year According to Survey

Medical identity theft increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the United States and affected an estimated 1.84 victims with the total out-of-pocket medical costs for medical identity theft victims reaching $12.3 billion, according to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) with support from ID Experts. The survey is available online at Continue reading

Legal Landscape Regarding Social Media Background Checks of Job Applicants Not Fully Formed

A recent Security Management article ‘Pre-employment Screening and Social Media’ examined how consideration of social media use of job applicants may become standard practice for employers during the hiring process in the future as technology improves and people spend more time online. While the legal challenges employers may face with social media background checks was not the focus of a recent ASIS International Information Asset Protection and Pre-Employment Screening Council (IAPPES) conference call, Security Management reached out to Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), for some perspective on the subject and found the legal landscape is not yet fully formed. The article by Megan Gates is available at Continue reading