EEOC Sends Message to Employers that Criminal Records of Job Applicants Must Be Used Carefully

In the Wall Street Journal article ‘Employment Checks Fuel Race Complaints,’ Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), says the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been delivering the same message to employers since the 1980s: “Criminal records need to be used carefully, not with brute force, …

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Safe Hiring Expert to Present Two Sessions about Background Checks at SHRM 2013 Annual Conference

Attorney Lester Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present two sessions about background checks at the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Rosen will present ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ on Tuesday, …

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Police Officer Files 10 Million Dollar Lawsuit against Taxi Cab Company for Alleged Negligent Hiring

A Police Officer in Alexandria, Virginia has filed a $10 million civil lawsuit alleging that a taxi cab company was negligent in the hiring and supervision of its drivers after one driver was accused of shooting the police officer in the head, according to a report from the Old Town Alexandria Patch.

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CareerBuilder Survey Finds Majority of Companies in Top Ten World Economies Affected By Bad Hire

The majority of employers in each of the ten largest world economies experienced a “bad hire” – where an employee was not a good fit for a job or did not perform the job well – that negatively impacted their business with a significant loss in revenue and productivity, according to a new study from …

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North Carolina Expunged Criminal Record Bill Signed Into Law

In May of 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation – Senate Bill 91, Prohibit Expunction Inquiry – that will prohibit employers or educational institutions from requesting that job applicants provide information regarding arrests, criminal charges, or criminal convictions that have been expunged. The full text of the ratified North Carolina Senate Bill 91, …

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Rhode Island to Require State Background Checks for School Volunteers

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation requiring school volunteers in Rhode Island to undergo a state criminal background check, according to a report by the Providence Journal available at http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2013/05/chafee-signs-bill-requiring-background-checks-for-school-volunteersready.html.

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Best Practice Standards for Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring Addressed in New Report

A group of national civil and workers’ rights organizations has released a new report titled ‘Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ that addresses the use of criminal records of job applicants by employers during employment background checks. The organizations preparing the report include the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under …

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California Drug and Alcohol Counselors Not Required to Undergo Background Checks

An investigation by the California Senate has revealed that drug and alcohol counselors in the state are not required to undergo background checks and found that 23 sex offenders were permitted to work as rehab counselors, with the actual number probably higher. The report released in May 2013 – ‘Suspect Treatment: State’s lack of scrutiny …

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Minnesota Extends Ban the Box Provision Removing Criminal Record Question from Job Applications to Private Sector Hiring

Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota has signed into law Senate File 523 (SF 523) that will eliminate the checkmark box asking about criminal history on most job applications and limit private sector employers in the state from asking about criminal records of job applicants until an interview or a conditional job offer. The new law …

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New California Case Underscores Employers Confidential and Privacy Obligations Regarding Employment Screening Background Reports

A new California privacy case underscores the need for employers to respect the privacy of job applicants and maintain confidentially, regardless of whether information is shared in written form or in conversation. Although the case did not involve background checks, it concerned discussion of an employee’s personal medical condition with co-workers. The case is Ignat …

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