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Accuracy of Background Checks Under Greater Scrutiny after Reported Cases of Falsified Investigations

The accuracy of background checks has come under greater scrutiny after several reported cases of falsified investigations. The Federal Times reports the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – which oversees background investigations for the government – is investigating a growing list of cases involving the alleged falsifying of security clearance background checks while a “consistent backlog” of similar cases awaits investigation due to a lack of resources. The complete story is available at http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20130707/ACQUISITION03/307070009/Backlog-bogus-background-checks-grows. Continue reading

Ban the Box Movement Limiting Criminal History Questions on Job Applications Spreads Across US

More cities and states are joining the “Ban the Box” movement limiting questions employers may ask about criminal records on job applications. In June 2013, Rhode Island become the latest state to enact a “Ban the Box” law when it passed Senate Bill 357 (SB 357) to limit inquiries on employment applications regarding past criminal convictions except when federal or state law specifically disqualifies a person from employment due to a prior conviction or authorizes such inquiries. The full text of SB 357 – which will take effect on January 1, 2014 – is available at http://openstates.org/ri/bills/2013/SB357/. Continue reading

EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Focuses on Employment Discrimination during Background Checks

In April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – voted to update the Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The updated Guidance, which focuses on employment discrimination based on race and national origin, is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Urges Caution When Using Social Networking Sites to Background Check Applicants

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a Webcast titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ for the HR.com Institute of Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Conference from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM ET on Thursday, July 25, 2013. For more information about this free event, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Caution-Using-Social-Networking-Sites-and-Search-Engines-to-Recruit-and-Screen-Applicants-183/. Continue reading

Rhode Island Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Ability of Employers to Ask About Criminal History

The state of Rhode Island has enacted a “Ban the Box” law – Senate Bill 357 (SB 357) – that will prohibit inquiries on employment applications regarding prior criminal convictions except when federal or state law specifically disqualifies a person from employment due to a prior conviction or authorizes such inquiries. The full text of SB 357 – which was signed by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on July 16, 2013 and will take effect on January 1, 2014 – is available at http://openstates.org/ri/bills/2013/SB357/. Continue reading

USCIS Hopes To Assess Usefulness of E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program in Web Survey

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register on July 16, 2013 asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve an information gathering project to obtain data about the usefulness and efficiency of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program through a Web-based survey of employers across the country. The notice from USCIS – the government agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-16/html/2013-16968.htm. Continue reading

Talking Dead Interviewed in Falsified Government Background Check

A former contractor who was hired to perform background checks on U.S. government workers filed a 2006 report with results of his investigation in which he claimed to have interviewed a person who had been dead for more than ten years, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. The full story is available at http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-08/dead-interviewed-as-investigators-falsify-u-dot-s-dot-background-checks. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013 Reviewed at San Francisco HR Star Conference on July 17

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘The Top Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ at the San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The conference will take place from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time at the South San Francisco Conference Center. For more information, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

SCORE Act Aims to Improve How Government Conducts Background Checks for Security Clearances

A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced legislation – the Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement (SCORE) Act – to increase oversight as to how the United States government conducts background investigations and awards security clearances. The SCORE Act would also hold government employees and contractors more accountable for falsifying background investigations. A copy of the SCORE Act is available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/152980145/Tester-s-bipartisan-SCORE-Act. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak about International Background Checks at NSECVAC 2013 Conference on July 17

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session about international background checks titled ‘Background Checking People from Other Countries’ at the National Safe Environment Coordinators and Victim Assistance Coordinators (NSECVAC) Conference on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The hour long session takes place from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Burlingame, California. For more information about NSECVAC 2013, visit http://www.nsecvac2013.com/. Continue reading