Tag Archives: Background Checks

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 to Be Announced by Employment Screening Resources

Nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will soon announce the 7th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014  featuring emerging and influential trends in the screening industry chosen by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. After first being presented on the ESR News Blog, each trend will appear on the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ page at http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends/. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Speak at NCHRA Workshop about Hiring Safe and Qualified Workers on December 10

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a three hour workshop for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) titled ‘Hiring Safe and Qualified Workers Using Pre-Employment Background Checks’ on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST in San Rafael, California. For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=87135&instance=0. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit against Background Firm Alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations Demonstrates Importance of Legal Compliance

The importance of legal compliance and background checks was underscored in the filing of a class action lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on November 1, 2013 against a Florida based background screening firm for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The lawsuit seeks statutory damages that can be $100 to $1,000 for every consumer that was the subject of a background check done using the forms and methods that were the subject of the complaint.  The lawsuit also request punitive damages. The law also provides for attorneys fees. The case is Los Angeles County Superior Court case BR 526352. Continue reading

Credit Reporting Agency Mistakenly Identifies Veteran as Felon on Background Check Report

A Navy veteran who served three tours in Iraq was mistakenly identified as a felon after undergoing a background check to lease an apartment, according to a ‘Bamboozled’ post available on NJ.com at http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/bamboozled_credit_reporting_fi.html. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Discusses Proper Use of Criminal Records When Hiring in Webinar November 6

To help employers comply with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will discuss ‘Proper Use of Criminal Records When Hiring – Best Practices for Complying with the EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidelines’ in a webinar sponsored by Avant Resources on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT. To register for the webinar, visit http://www.avantresources.com/store/events/proper-use-of-criminal-records-when-hiring. Continue reading

House Passes Bill Requiring Background Checks for School Employees

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved by voice vote the ‘Protecting Children from Sexual and Violent Predators Act’ (HR 2083) that would require state education agencies (SEAs) that receive federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to require criminal background checks on school employees, according to a report on The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) website at: http://www.nasbo.org/publications-data/washington-report/house-passes-bill-require-school-employee-background-checks. Continue reading

TSA Expands Background Screening of Airplane Passengers to Include Employment Information

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expand the background screening of U.S. airplane passengers long before they arrive at the airport for their flights by searching government and private databases that may include a wide variety of records such as employment information, according to a New York Times report available online at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/business/security-check-now-starts-long-before-you-fly.html. Continue reading

Background Checks and Legal Compliance Discussed in Live 90 Minute Audio Conference on October 30

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 90 minute Audio Conference ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance: Avoiding Legal Hot Water’ with Aurora Training Advantage from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. To register for this webinar, which is worth 1.5 PHR/SPHR Credits, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/. Continue reading

EEOC Chair to Speak at Best Practices for Using Criminal Records in Hiring Conference on October 25

The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will join a panel of distinguished speakers discussing criminal background checks at the ‘Best Practices Standards for Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. To register for the event through Wednesday, October 23, 2013, please visit JohnJayConference.lawyerscommittee.org. Continue reading

Court of Appeals Upholds Award of 750000 Dollars Against EEOC in Background Check Discrimination Suit

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the award of $751,942 in fees and costs to Peoplemark, Inc. against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after the company refuted the EEOC’s claim that they allegedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by having a “blanket policy” of denying jobs to applicants with criminal records that discriminated against minorities. The opinion of the Courts of Appeals in EEOC v. Peoplemark, Inc., No. 11-2582 (Oct. 7, 2013) is available at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/13a0291p-06.pdf. Continue reading