Tag Archives: Background Checks

Richmond CA Passes Ban the Box Ordinance Restricting Criminal Background Checks by Employers

A new “Ban the Box” ordinance passed by the City Council of Richmond, California by a 6-1 vote will prohibit private businesses contracting for work with the city “from asking about prior criminal convictions on employment applications” and even “inquiring into the criminal history of an applicant” in some cases, according to a report on the Contra Costa Times website. The report about the “Ban the Box” ordinance, which expands on a 2011 law that removed the question about past criminal convictions from city job applications, is available at http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_23724315/richmond-passes-sweeping-new-restrictions-criminal-background-checks. Continue reading

FBI Background Checks for Employment Containing Inaccurate Information Can Cost Applicants Jobs

Employers that use Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal databases to background check job applicants could be basing employment decisions on inaccurate information that can cost applicants job opportunities, according to an article in The Washington Post available at http://wapo.st/17cC0Kn. Continue reading

Talking Dead Interviewed in Falsified Government Background Check

A former contractor who was hired to perform background checks on U.S. government workers filed a 2006 report with results of his investigation in which he claimed to have interviewed a person who had been dead for more than ten years, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. The full story is available at http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-08/dead-interviewed-as-investigators-falsify-u-dot-s-dot-background-checks. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013 Reviewed at San Francisco HR Star Conference on July 17

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘The Top Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ at the San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The conference will take place from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time at the South San Francisco Conference Center. For more information, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

SCORE Act Aims to Improve How Government Conducts Background Checks for Security Clearances

A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced legislation – the Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement (SCORE) Act – to increase oversight as to how the United States government conducts background investigations and awards security clearances. The SCORE Act would also hold government employees and contractors more accountable for falsifying background investigations. A copy of the SCORE Act is available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/152980145/Tester-s-bipartisan-SCORE-Act. Continue reading

Altegrity Looking to Sell Background Check Division HireRight for Up to One Billion Dollars

Altegrity Inc. is looking to sell its HireRight division – which provides background checks for private-sector employers – for a price of up to $1 billion, according to a report from Reuters available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/02/us-providence-altegrity-idUSBRE9610TB20130702. Continue reading

Human Resources Expert Testifies Background Check Should Have Been Conducted on Doctor for Michael Jackson

A Human Resources expert testifying in the wrongful death civil lawsuit against a concert promoter told jurors that the promoter should have performed a background check on the doctor for deceased pop singer Michael Jackson and “did indeed fail to follow adequate hiring processes,” according to a report by KNX 1070 News Radio in Los Angeles, California. The full story is available on the CBSLA.com website at http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/07/01/hr-expert-aeg-should-have-conducted-10-background-check-on-conrad-murray/. Continue reading

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