Tag Archives: Background Checks

Top Background Check Trends for 2013 Discussed by Safe Hiring Expert on Proactive Employer Show February 7

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will discuss ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Thursday, February 7, 2012, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern (Noon to 1:00 PM Pacific) for The Proactive Employer internet radio talk show. To listen to the program hosted by Stephanie R. Thomas, Ph.D., visit http://www.thomasecon.com/tpe/shows/342-february-7-2013-top-10-trends-in-background-screening-for-2013.html. Continue reading

State of Oregon Regulations on Background Checks Demonstrate Increasing Recognition of NAPBS Accreditation for Employment Screening Firms

The state of Oregon has specified in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) that all background screening firms must be accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) or pass certain other requirements in order to conduct a criminal background check for certain health workers. The Oregon Administrative Rules are available at http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_300/oar_333/333_536.html. Continue reading

Avoiding Negligent Hiring with Background Checks Explained in Interactive Webinar on February 6

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an interactive webinar for Thompson Media Group, ‘Avoiding Negligent Hiring with Background Checks,’ on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To learn more about the webinar, which has been pre-approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), please visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=001665EM&priority=00295706380. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Submits Public Comments to US Commission on Civil Rights about Criminal Background Checks

A letter of public comment was recently submitted by Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR). The comments by Rosen supplemented views stated by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) at a December 7, 2012 briefing on the impact of criminal background checks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) conviction records policy on employment of black and Hispanic workers. To read the entire letter, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Lester-Rosen-Public-Comments-to-USCCR.php. Continue reading

Symphony Technology Group Company First Advantage to Acquire LexisNexis Screening Business from Reed Elsevier

First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) portfolio company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire the employment and resident screening business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a division of Reed Elsevier. A press release from First Advantage about the deal is available at http://www.fadv.com/uploadedFiles/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/First-Advantage-LexisNexis-Release-011713.pdf. Continue reading

Ohio Attorney General to Warn Employers about Criminal Background Check Law

To avoid a false sense of security about job applicants during employment screening, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to warn employers in the state that criminal background checks processed by his office under a new law will only include information about convictions and guilty pleas and will not include arrests and charges that did not result in convictions, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The full AP story is available at http://www.marionstar.com/viewart/20130116/NEWS01/301160002/Ohio-AG-advises-employers-about-background-checks. Continue reading

Mobile Apps Marketers Offering Criminal Background Checks To Settle FTC Charges for Violating Fair Credit Reporting Act

In resolving the first Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case involving mobile “apps,” marketers of mobile applications that compiled and sold criminal record background check reports as job applicant screening tools have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they operated as consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) without taking consumer protection measures required by the FCRA.  The FTC’s settlement order, which prohibits the companies involved from future FCRA violations, is available at http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/1123195/130110filquarianagree.pdf. Continue reading

New York Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law would Require Background Checks of Senior Caregivers

Proposed legislation in New York for an “Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law” would require senior care facilities to conduct criminal background checks for all employees using the state’s sex offender registry to prevent registered sex offenders from gaining employment. More information about the proposed bill from New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and New York State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon), which would close a current loophole in the law, is available in a news release at http://www.marchione2012.com/2013/01/04/tedisco-marchione-call-for-elder-care-facility-sex-offender-law/. Continue reading

Background Screening Industry Faces Greater Scrutiny after Accuracy of Criminal Background Checks Questioned

In 2012, after reported cases of inaccurate criminal background checks costing job seekers employment, the background screening industry faced greater scrutiny over accuracy of reports. This increased attention included a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report recommending regulations on data brokers, the FTC charging companies with alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations, a National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) report on inaccurate background checks, two New York Times editorials, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) increasing supervision of background checks, and an NBC Today Show report on background check errors. In response, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) refuted reports critical of the screening industry and pointed to an accreditation program created to improve accuracy. This focus on accuracy is Trend 1 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

Top 20 Stories for Background Check Screening for 2012 from Employment Screening Resources

For the last day of the year, nationwide accredited background check provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR)http://www.esrcheck.com – has chosen the following ‘Top 20 Stories for Background Check Screening for 2012’ from the ESR News blog at http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/. Here are the top 20 stories for 2012 from ESR in order of the date posted: Continue reading