Tag Archives: Background Checks

Background Checks Used by Two Popular Caregiver Websites Approved Babysitters with Arrest Records

Two popular caregiver screening websites that help people find babysitters and elder care helpers using background checks performed by national background screening firms approved several applicants with arrest records, according to a report by NBC Chicago’s Unit 5 Investigative Team. The report, which checked the reliability of the information these babysitter screening websites provided, is available at http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/unit-5-babysitter-background-checks-179041071.html. Continue reading

Court Holds Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act Is Constitutional and Does Not Violate First Amendment

A large background screening firm facing a class action lawsuit alleging inaccurate reports in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) failed in its attempt to have the FCRA declared unconstitutional on the basis that it violates the right to free speech under the First Amendment. A Pennsylvania federal court ruled on November 6, 2012 that the FCRA was constitutional since it regulated information disseminated for private purposes for a fee, and not to the public. More information about the ruling is available at http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/12D1046P.pdf. Continue reading

National Association of Professional Background Screeners Responds to NBC Today Show Report on Background Checks

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Chairman Fred Giles has called an NBC Today Show report about pre-employment background checks and how background check firms make errors that mistake innocent people for criminals causing them to lose jobs “misleading” as well as “potentially dangerous.” The full NAPBS statement from Chairman Fred Giles about the NBC Today Show report is available at http://www.napbs.com/files/napbs_today_show_response.pdf. Continue reading

Security Industry Association Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan Senate Bills that Weaken Background Checks

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has sent a letter of opposition to Michigan Statehouse leadership strongly urging the defeat of Senate Bill 1291 (SB 1291) and Senate Bill 1292 (SB 1292), the “Internet Protocol-Enabled Premises Security, Monitoring, and Control Act” and amendments to “Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.” According to the SIA letter, this legislation circumvents current law in the State of Michigan by weakening background checks on security system installers in that state. For more information, visit the SIA Press Room at https://www.siaonline.org/content.aspx?id=10750. Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy Super Storm Closes Courts on Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts

Many courts near the U.S. Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts will be closed Monday, October 29, 2012 in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, a potential superstorm that could generate high winds, torrential rain, flash floods, snowstorms, and massive power outages that could affect more than 50 million people. More information about the so-called ‘Frankenstorm,’ which the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts to make landfall in southern New Jersey or central Delaware early Monday night, is available from the NHC website at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak about Background Checks at ADOMA Conference on October 27

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will speak about ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ at the fifth annual ADOMA (Auto Dealers Office Management Association) Mini Conference “Driving Straight to Success!” on October 27, 2012 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST at the Automotive Partners Building in Cerritos, California. For more information about the conference, visit: http://adoma.org/upcoming-events/. Continue reading

Amateur Athletic Union Background Checks Find 150 Adult Participants Could Be Potential Threat to Children

 The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) – one of the largest non-profit and volunteer sports organizations in the United States – said in a statement that background checks of 27,000 adult participants between September 1 and October 15, 2012 found 150 adults with issues “that could prove to be problematic for AAU membership.” The AAU is performing background checks on more than 100,000 coaches, adult athletes, volunteers, and staff to identify potential threats to child athletes including pedophiles and people convicted of drug offenses.  A story from BloombergBusinessweek concerning the AAU statement is available at: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-23/aau-check-finds-150-adults-potentially-threatening-to-children. Continue reading

Background Investigator Symposium to Feature Presentation on Employment Screening and Safe Hiring on October 23

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present ‘Looking Under the Hood: Pre-Employment Screening & Safe Hiring Issues’ for the Background Investigator Symposium at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 23, 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Background-Investigator-Symposium-154/. Continue reading

City of Newark to Restrict Criminal Background Checks by Employers Beginning November 18

Effective November 18, 2012, an Ordinance passed by Newark, New Jersey will impose restrictions on employers in the city with five or more employees regarding the use of criminal background checks of job applicants. Newark employers will be prohibited from performing pre-job application criminal background checks and denying employment based on criminal background check results conducted post-offer without an individualized analysis of the criminal background using factors listed in the new Ordinance, which is available at: http://www.employmentlawalert.com/uploads/file/12-1630(1).pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Presents Webinar on New EEOC Guidance at IHR Quality of Hire Event September 27

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of the updated second edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ will present a webinar, ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance,’ at the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Event on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET. To register for the webinar, which will help HR Professionals understand U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Practical-Steps-Employers-Can-Take-to-Comply-with-the-New-EEOC-Criminal-Guidance-147/. Continue reading