Tag Archives: Background Checks

EEOC Scrutinizing Hiring Practices that Unfairly Screen out Job Applicants with Criminal Records

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is scrutinizing hiring practices and believes policies that screen out job applicants with criminal records could disadvantage minorities and lead to lawsuits, according to the article ‘Ex-Convict Hire Hurdle Draws U.S. Suits Against Employers.’ The EEOC has been enforcing employment discrimination laws with lawsuits and Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), believes this is “going to be an issue that employers need to wrap their heads around” this year. The article is available on Bloomberg.com at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-31/ex-convict-hire-hurdle-draws-u-s-suits-against-employers.html. Continue reading

Altegrity Revives Talks to Sell Private Sector Screening Unit HireRight

According to a report from Reuters, background check provider Altegrity Inc. “has revived talks” to sell its HireRight unit that screens private-sector employees. The Reuters report is available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/26/us-hireright-sale-idUSBREA0P0SO20140126. Continue reading

US Government Accuses Security Contractor of Faking 665000 Completed Background Checks

The U.S. Justice Department has accused a private security company contracted to provide background investigations to the federal government of faking at least 665,000 completed background checks while receiving nearly $12 million in bonus payments from 2008 to 2010, according to a report from CNN available at http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/justice/us-background-check-fraud/index.html. Continue reading

Employment Screening Background Checks Focused on Legal Compliance in 2014

Background checks in 2014 will be “all about the law” says Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), which just released the 7th Annual ESR Top 10 Background Check Trends. Rosen made the comment in an interview about top trends with Tom Field, Vice President, Editorial of Information Security Media Group, Corp. (ISMG). The complete interview is available at http://www.careersinfosecurity.com/interviews/background-screening-top-10-trends-i-2152. Continue reading

Webcast Outlining Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2014 Scheduled for January 15

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the webcast ‘Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2014’ for HRTrainingCenter.com on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information about this program, which has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), please visit http://hrtrainingcenter.com/showWCtDetails.asp?TCID=1001213. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 Released by Employment Screening Resources

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has announced the release of the 7th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014’ selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. For 2014, the “Ban the Box” movement to eliminate questions about criminal records on initial job applications to give ex-offenders a more level playing field when looking for work topped the list. The ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 are available at http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Ban the Box Movement that Eliminates Criminal History Question from Job Applications Picking Up Momentum

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

The “Ban the Box” movement that seeks to eliminate questions about past criminal conduct on initial job applications is quickly heading towards becoming a national standard and will be a hot issue for employers in 2014. The “box” refers to where an applicant is asked to answer “yes” or “no” about a criminal past.  The idea is that asking about criminal records upfront serves as a potential early knock-out punch for ex-offenders that may otherwise be qualified. This is Trend Number One of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Updated EEOC Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Employers Becoming Core Concern for Human Resources

The updated Guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 25, 2012 carries the potential to impact the hiring processes of every employer and Human Resources professional in the United States in 2014 and beyond. Although not a law or legally enforceable regulation, it is critical for employers to understand the Guidance since it shows how the EEOC interprets the use of criminal records. This is Trend Number Two of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Use of Commercial Criminal Databases Becoming More Controversial as Employers Face More Risk when Screening

The use of commercial criminal databases and cheap “do it yourself” background check web sites will be the focus of increased scrutiny and controversy in 2014 as employers face more risk when screening job applicants as the demand for accuracy in background check reports rises. This is Trend Number Three of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuits for Failing to Perform Background Checks Properly Becoming Even More Prevalent

Given the need for employers to exercise due diligence in hiring and at the same time comply with the complex legal environment regulating hiring, employers can expect to see an increase in legal actions in 2014 – including class action lawsuits – for failing to perform proper background checks or failing to do them right.  This is Trend Number Four of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading