Tag Archives: Background Checks

Congressional Briefing on Consequences of Inaccurate Background Checks for Employment Scheduled for October 1

A Congressional Briefing entitled ‘The Consequences of Inaccurate Employment Background Checks’ that should feature a report from the National Law Employment Project (NELP) – ‘Wanted: Accurate FBI Background Checks for Employment’ – that examines the accuracy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks will take place Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building (CHOB) in Washington D.C. The report from NELP is available at http://www.nelp.org/accurateFBIrecords. Continue reading

Senate Committee Hearing on Navy Yard Tragedy Examining Government Background Checks Set for October 1

A hearing titled ‘The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks’ will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the recent Navy Yard shooting and the role of background checks in the government.  The hearing will be held in Room SD-342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. beginning at 10:30 AM. For more information, visit http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/the-navy-yard-tragedy-examining-government-clearances-and-background-checks. Continue reading

EEOC Responds to Attorneys General Letter Urging Reconsideration of Criminal Background Check Guidance

The Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has responded to a letter sent in July 2013 from the Attorneys General of nine states – Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia – that urged the EEOC to reconsider positions expressed in its ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ approved in April 2012. The complete EEOC letter is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/EEOC-Response-to-AG-Letter.pdf. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks for Rental Housing Tenants Settled for 150000 Dollars

A tenant screening company that background checks tenants for rental housing has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a class action lawsuit over its screening practices, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP) on the Bloomberg Businessweek website. The complete report is available at http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-09-18/150k-settlement-in-lawsuit-over-background-checks. Continue reading

Government Background Check System Gave Navy Yard Gunman Security Clearance despite Arrest History

The U.S. government’s background check system gave Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis, a military contractor and former Navy reservist, an all-access secret-level clearance pass to a several military installations despite a history of arrests and disorderly conduct, according to a report from The Washington Post. Officials say Alexis used his security clearance pass to enter the Washington Navy Yard and shoot 12 people to death before being killed by police. The complete Washington Post report is available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/contractor-would-not-have-hired-aaron-alexis-if-past-brushes-with-law-had-been-known/2013/09/17/e5bc83da-1faa-11e3-8459-657e0c72fec8_story.html. Continue reading

Webcast Outlining FCRA and Background Checks for HR Professionals Scheduled for September 26

Ory Tucker, the Client Experience Director of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webcast titled ‘The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Background Checks’ for the HR.com Institutes for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Conference on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ET. For information about the webcast and to register for the free event, visit http://www.hr.com/en?t=/contentManager/onStory&StoryID=1376612144688. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Reveal Strategies for Reducing Insider Risk at ASIS International Annual Seminar

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Reducing The Insider Risk: Strategies For Background Checks After Hiring’ at the ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information about ASIS 2013 – which takes place from September 24 to 27, 2013 – visit http://www.securityexpo.org/. Continue reading

Medical Identity Theft in United States Increased Nearly 20 Percent in Past Year According to Survey

Medical identity theft increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the United States and affected an estimated 1.84 victims with the total out-of-pocket medical costs for medical identity theft victims reaching $12.3 billion, according to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) with support from ID Experts. The survey is available online at http://medidfraud.org/2013-survey-on-medical-identity-theft/. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen of Employment Screening Resources Joins CrimApollo Advisory Board

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has joined the advisory board of CrimApollo, a provider of a unique online assessment process that helps employers use criminal record information in compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance. ESR and CrimApollo are also working on a strategic relationship whereby ESR clients may utilize CrimApollo services. More information about the full CrimApollo Advisory Board is available at http://www.crimapollo.com/aboutus.php. Continue reading

National Association of Professional Background Screeners Celebrates 10th Anniversary at 2013 Annual Conference

After a decade of existence, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) will celebrate ten years of being “The Voice of Screening Professionals” at the 2013 10th Anniversary NAPBS Annual Conference at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona from September 15 to 17, 2013. For information about the 2013 NAPBS Annual Conference, visit http://www.napbs.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3618. Continue reading