Tag Archives: Background Checks

New California Background Check Laws Explained in Webinar on March 20

To help Human Resources professionals understand new California background check laws, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live interactive HR Hero webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Recently Passed Legislation, How to Legally Use Credit Inquires, and More’ on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific). To register for the program – which has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit: http://store.hrhero.com/events/audio-conferences-webinars/ca-background-checking. Continue reading

Illinois Bill would Require Online Dating Sites to Disclose if They Conduct Criminal Background Checks

Legislation under consideration in Illinois – House Bill 4083 (HB 4083) ‘INTERNET DATING SAFETY ACT’ – would require online dating sites to clearly and conspicuously disclose to all Illinois members if they conduct criminal background checks. Introduced by State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), HB 4083 would also require Internet dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to all Illinois members of safer dating practices. The full text of HB 4083 is available here. Continue reading

Oregon Criminal Background Check Legislation HB 4091 Passes House and Heads to Senate

The Oregon House recently passed legislation, House Bill 4091 (HB 4091), aimed at removing redundancies, inconsistencies, and holes in Oregon’s systems of criminal background checks and the bill now moves to the Oregon Senate for consideration, according to a news release from the House Democratic Caucus. If passed, HB 4091 would make criminal background checks easier and less costly to track and maintain for volunteers and employees in human service and education positions and would also attempt to make background checks more usable across agencies. Continue reading

New California Background Check Laws for 2012 Examined at LA HR Star Conference on February 29

To help Human Resources professionals comply with new background check laws in California, Jared Callahan, the Director of Business Development for 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 Los Angeles HR Star Conference on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. To register for the LA HR Star conference, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Continue reading

FTC Warns Background Check Mobile Apps May Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act Regulating Consumer Reporting Agencies

In a developing story that shows why Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) should follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing background checks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently warned marketers of six background check mobile applications (“apps”) that they may be violating the FCRA, a federal law enforced by the FTC that regulates CRAs. The FTC sent letters to three background check app marketers warning that they must comply with the FCRA if the background check reports they provide are being used for employment, housing, and credit purposes, according to an updated FTC press release at: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/02/mobileapps.shtm. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Be Interviewed on Privacy Piracy Radio Show

Attorney Lester Rosen, a background check expert and founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background screening firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be interviewed by Mari Frank, the host of ‘Privacy Piracy’ and an attorney and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Pacific Time on KUCI 88.9 FM Radio in Irvine, California with live audio streaming available on http://www.kuci.org/ (Update: To listen to recording of interview, visit http://www.kuci.org/podcasts/?ShowID=615). Continue reading

Safe Hiring Webinar Series Begins February 16 with Overview of Background Checks

Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), a series of four webinars offering HR professionals and employers cost-effective and legally compliant techniques to avoid hiring job applicants who are potentially dangerous, unfit, unqualified, or dishonest. The first webinar in the series, ‘An Overview of Background Checks and the Use of Criminal Records,’ takes place on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. For more information or to register for the webinar series, visit: https://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38879&instance=0. Continue reading

Alleged Killing by Cafe Worker with Criminal Past Demonstrates Need for Small Business to Perform Background Checks

A recent story from The Charlotte Observer about an ex-felon hired to work at a cafe who allegedly killed a pregnant cafe manager by fatally stabbing her during a robbery demonstrates the need for small businesses to perform background checks, as well as the risks taken when hiring employees with criminal records or the exposure to legal liability faced when failing to conduct thorough background checks on job applicants. The Charlotte Observer story ‘Killing puts background checks in spotlight’ is available at: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/01/28/2965684/killing-puts-background-checks.html. Continue reading

Background Check Class Action against Employer for Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act Survives Challenge

In yet another class action alleging that an employer did not comply with the legal requirements of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a federal court in Maryland refused a motion to dismiss a class action that alleges that Domino’s Pizza failed to comply with the requirements of the FCRA, the federal law that regulates pre-employment background screening.  In a decision filed January 25, 2012, the Court did not rule on the facts, but ruled that the plaintiffs had made a sufficient showing to deny a motion by the employer to dismiss. In addition, the court refused to strike allegations that the conduct was willful, which means that the plaintiff faces statutory damages as well as potential punitive damages.

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Workplace Violence Research Shows Increase in Homicides Committed by Work Associates

A new report “Violence in the Workplace” by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) shows that while work-related homicides and injuries due to workplace assaults remain well below levels observed in the mid-1990s, homicides committed by “work associates” – a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) category made up of both coworkers and customers – have increased. To view the complete report, visit: https://www.ncci.com/documents/Workplace_Research.pdf. Continue reading