Tag Archives: background check

Use of Big Data for Background Checks Will Be Closely Watched for Potential Discrimination Issues

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In October of 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – was being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks. The potential controversies surrounding the use of Big Data is Trend Number 10 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Announce Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider that enables employers to make informed hiring decisions quickly and easily – will announce the selection of the 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017 by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. The list featuring emerging and influential trends in the background check industry will be available during the month of December 2016 at www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Background Check Experts Brad Landin and Dawn Standerwick to Speak at Paycor Online HR and Compliance Web Summit


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two background check experts from Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ESR President and Chief Compliance Officer Brad Landin and ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick – will co-present a session entitled “Hiring Compliance: Strategies and Trends for Background Checks” on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM ET at the Paycor Online HR and Compliance Web Summit. Continue reading

Man Misidentified as Criminal on Background Check Awarded Over $3 Million


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Florida man who was denied jobs after a background check company misidentified him twice as a criminal – one who just happened to have the same birth date and a similar name – has won a nearly $3.6 million verdict in federal court, according to a report on the Gainesville.com website. Continue reading

Denver Post Editorial Calls on Colorado to Close Background Check Loophole for Doctors and Nurses


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Colorado – one of only five states without a criminal background check requirement to license doctors and one of only six to not require the same procedure to license nurses – should close this loophole and require criminal background checks for doctors and nurses in the Centennial State, according to an Editorial by The Denver Post. Continue reading

Massachusetts Passes Law with Strongest Background Check Requirements in Nation for Transportation Network Companies


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation – Bill H. 4570 – an Act for regulating drivers of  “transportation network companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft that includes “the strongest state background check requirements in the nation,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Continue reading

FBI Sued Over Background Check Error Related to Charleston Church Shooting


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The families of nine victims killed in the June 2015 shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over a background check error that supposedly allowed the alleged shooter to purchase his gun, according to a story in The Washington Post. Continue reading

Ex-City Contractor Hired Without Criminal Background Check Charged in Theft


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A contractor who served two jail sentences before being hired by Newburyport, Massachusetts as the city’s parks manager without undergoing a background check has been charged in the theft of $43,000, according to an article posted on The Daily News of Newburyport website. Continue reading

Uber to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Driver Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the online transportation network company terminated drivers after obtaining driver background checks about them without their authorization, according to a Reuters report from Reuters. Continue reading

Census Bureau Background Check Lawsuit Settlement Should Be Wake Up Call for Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Census Bureau agreeing to pay a $15 million settlement to end a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records during the criminal background check process when hiring temporary workers for the 2010 census “should also be a wake-up call for employers,” according to a background check expert quoted in an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading