Tag Archives: Background Checks

Negligent Hiring and Background Checks Reviewed by Safe Hiring Expert at 2012 HR Florida Conference

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. EST at the 2012 HR Florida Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida. For more information on the session or to register for the conference, visit: https://m360.hrflorida.org/event/session.aspx?id=58222. Continue reading

Accuracy of Criminal Background Checks by Employers Examined in Two Recent NY Times Editorials

In another sign that accuracy is becoming the number one issue with criminal background checks of job applicants, possibly even more so than issues of discrimination and privacy, two recent editorials published in the New York Times – ‘Faulty Criminal Background Checks’ and ‘Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks’ – both examined the accuracy of criminal background checks used by employers and called for more regulation of the screening industry by the federal government. The NY Times editorials are available at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/opinion/faulty-criminal-background-checks.html and http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/opinion/accuracy-in-criminal-background-checks.html. Continue reading

Ban the Box Act would Prohibit Most Employers from Asking Applicants about Criminal Records until Job Offer

New legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives – H.R. 6220, “Ban the Box Act of 2012” –  would prohibit most employers from asking about or checking a job applicant’s criminal record until after a conditional offer of employment and would “ban the box” that job applicants are asked to mark indicating whether they have a criminal record. Introduced by Representative Hansen Clarke (D-MI), H.R. 6220 would allow employers to check an applicant’s criminal record only if the job duties in question “may involve an unreasonable risk to the safety of specific individuals or to the general public.” The text of the bill is available here: H.R. 6220, “Ban the Box Act of 2012”. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Explains EEOC Criminal Guidance Compliance in PIHRA Webinar August 10

To help Human Resources professionals understand the new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the use of criminal records, background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) webinar titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for webinar, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/631716505/. Continue reading

New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance and Background Checks Discussed in Webinar on August 1

Background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of three panelists participating in a live 90-minute webinar and teleconference titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening After EEOC’s New Guidance: Structuring Policies to Comply With Title VII, Fair Credit Reporting Act and State Laws’ on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. For more information, visit: http://www.straffordpub.com/products/pre-employment-background-screening-after-eeocs-new-guidance-2012-08-01. Continue reading

Risk Management Strategy Webinar Hosted by Background Check Expert on July 23

Attorney Lester Rosen, a background check expert and founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a two hour long webinar for BankInfoSecurity.com titled ‘Risk Management: New Strategies for Employee Screening’ on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM Eastern (12:30 PM Pacific) to discuss the latest background check trends facilitating risk management practices that include re-screening current employees after they are initially screened when hired. For more information on the webinar, visit: http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/webinars/risk-management-new-strategies-for-employee-screening-w-282. Continue reading

Yahoo Background Check Language Changed in Offer Letter to Newly Hired CEO Mayer

Sunnyvale, California-based internet corporation Yahoo! has changed the language concerning background checks in its offer letter to newly hired CEO Marissa Mayer from what the company previously used in an offer letter to former CEO Scott Thompson, according to a blog on the Wall Street Journal website ‘Yahoo Tweaks Background Check Language for Mayer.’ Thompson left the company in May 2012 after a discrepancy in his academic credentials was publicly revealed. Continue reading

California Background Check Laws Examined at Annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on July 18

To help Human Resources professionals stay in compliance with new laws regulating background checks in California, Jared Callahan, Director of Business Development for San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and a licensed Private Investigator, will present the session “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” at the annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. For more information about the one day conference, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco, CA, visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

New Penn State University Background Check Policy Calls for Criminal History and Child Abuse Record Checks

A new background check policy at Penn State University (PSU) that took effect July 5, 2012 – HR99, “Background Check Process” – requires final job candidates and third-party employees who are offered employment to undergo a criminal background check that includes a criminal history check and child abuse record check before approval, according to a report on the Penn State Live website, the university’s official news source. The new PSU background check policy is available at http://guru.psu.edu/policies/OHR/hr99.html. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2012 Reviewed at SHRM Annual Conference on June 26

Since employers can be the subject of lawsuits for negligent hiring if they hire a worker they should have known – through the exercise of due diligence background checks – was too dangerous or unqualified, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the session ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2012 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about the session, visit http://annual.shrm.org/sessionplanner/session/1531. Continue reading