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Company Responsible for Screening Edward Snowden Investigated for Alleged Inadequate Background Checks

The private contractor responsible for the security clearance screening of Edward Snowden – who later leaked classified documents to the media that revealed a secret surveillance program by the National Security Agency (NSA) – is under investigation by the federal government for allegedly conducting inadequate background checks, according to a report by The Charlotte Observer. The full story is available at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/20/4119462/contractor-responsible-for-snowdens.html. Continue reading

EEOC Chair Says Criminal Background Checks by Employers Not Banned

In a letter to the Wall Street Journal responding to the June 15, 2013 article ‘Banning Background Checks,’ Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), denied the article’s suggestion that the EEOC believes criminal background checks by employers are “racist” and that the agency wants to ban the practice. The letter to the Wall Street Journal from Chair Berrien is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323893504578555722405188406.html. Continue reading

Employee Theft Rising as Dishonest Employees Steal More Profits from US Retailers

A study of 23 large retail companies found that 71,095 dishonest employees were apprehended for employee theft in 2012, up 5.5 percent from 2011, while more than $50 million was recovered in those cases, up 7 percent from 2011, according to the 25th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International. The survey, which also found that poor employment screening contributed to the rise in employee theft, is available at http://hayesinternational.com/news/annual-retail-theft-survey/. Continue reading

Webinar Shows HR Professionals How to Optimize Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud

Since Human Resources professionals must ensure job applicants are really who they say they are before hiring them, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a 90 minute webinar titled ‘Optimizing HR Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud’ on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. For more information about this interactive webinar with Thompson Media worth 1.5 HRCI Credits on completion, visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=001700EM&priority=00295709611. Continue reading

Social Media Password Privacy Laws Passed in Several US States in Recent Months

Legislation has been introduced or is pending in at least 36 states so far in 2013 to prevent employers from requesting usernames and passwords to social media websites and personal Internet accounts of employees and job applicants, according the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Eight states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington – have enacted such legislation in 2013. A current list of all social media password privacy legislation is available at http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/telecom/employer-access-to-social-media-passwords-2013.aspx. Continue reading

New Texas Law Protects Employers Performing Background Checks and Encourages Employment of Ex-Offenders

A new law in Texas – H.B. 1188 – signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 14, 2013 will amend the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code so that “a cause of action may not be brought against an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party solely for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee, based on evidence that the employee has been convicted of an offense.” More information about Texas H.B. 1188, which will become effective on September 1, 2013, is available at http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB1188. Continue reading

Ten Dollar Public Court Record Search Fee Defeated in California Legislature

A proposal put forward by the a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts from a trailer bill that would have resulted in a $10 charge per file to look at court records has been defeated in the California Legislature, according to a report on the Courthouse News Service website. The story about the defeated fee proposal, which would have significantly limited press and public access to court documents, is available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/06/12/58458.htm. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Manual Author Lester Rosen to Sign Books at SHRM 2013 Annual Conference

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, author of a comprehensive guide to background checks titled ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ (Facts on Demand Press / 736 Pages), will sign books on two days during the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Rosen, the Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will be available to sign books Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 5:45 PM and Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 11:45 AM outside of the main SHRM Store at the conference. More information about ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ 2nd Edition published in October 2012 is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/SafeHiringManual.php. Continue reading

EEOC Sends Message to Employers that Criminal Records of Job Applicants Must Be Used Carefully

In the Wall Street Journal article ‘Employment Checks Fuel Race Complaints,’ Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), says the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been delivering the same message to employers since the 1980s: “Criminal records need to be used carefully, not with brute force, more as a surgical instrument.” The article, which catalogues the increased scrutiny of background checks by the EEOC, is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323495604578539283518855020.html. Continue reading

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files Lawsuits against Two Employers for Use of Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against two employers alleging they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by implementing and utilizing a criminal background check policy that resulted in employees being fired or screened out for employment. A press release about the lawsuits – the first enforcement action against employers under the revised EEOC Guidance for using criminal records – is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/6-11-13.cfm. Continue reading