Tag Archives: Background Checks

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

International Background Screening Seminar in Amsterdam Features US Safe Hiring Expert

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of accredited U.S. background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will speak on “The Challenges of Safe and Smart Hiring” at the Employee & Background Screening Seminar in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on February 2, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM Local Time. For more information and to register for the seminar, visit http://cv-ok.nl/inschrijven. Continue reading

Top Background Check Trends of 2012 Detailed by Safe Hiring Expert in Interview

The question of whether criminal background checks for job applicants are a smart move or a discriminatory practice is answered by Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), in an exclusive interview with Tom Field, Editorial Director of Information Security Media Group. The interview ‘Top 10 Screening Trends – What You Need to Know Before Conducting Background Checks’ detailing ESR’s Top 10 trends in background checks for 2012 is at: http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/interviews.php?interviewID=1347. Continue reading

Background Check Avoided by Janitor Arrested on Drug Charges

An Elementary School janitor who was arrested after a drug round up by police agencies had avoided undergoing any background checks by the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) that may have uncovered past drug charges because he was hired prior to 2008, according to a report from KMBT 12 News in Beaumont, Texas. Continue reading

Employment Screening Trends for 2012 Reviewed in Webcast

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of nationwide background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webcast ‘Top Ten Trends in Background Checks for 2012’ at the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Event on January 26, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET.  To register for the event from IHR, HR.com’s certification and accreditation arm, visit http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/virtual_events/upcoming_virtual_events/quality-of-hire_gog5ufud.html. Continue reading

Pepsi Pays 3 Million after EEOC Finds Hiring Discrimination against African Americans with Background Check Policy

Following an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Pepsi Beverages has agreed to pay $3.13 million and make major policy changes by providing job offers and training to resolve a charge of nationwide hiring discrimination against African Americans with criminal background checks, according to a press release from the EEOC website. The Commission found that the criminal background check policy formerly used by Pepsi discriminated against African Americans in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and most of the monetary settlement will primarily be divided among black applicants for positions at Pepsi. Continue reading

Background Check Trends List for 2012 Topped by Greater Scrutiny of Criminal Record Checks of Job Applicants

The use – and, in some cases, misuse – of criminal background checks of job applicants by employers, a practice which has come under greater scrutiny of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has topped the fifth annual Employment Screening Resources ‘Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. For the past five years, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority(SM)’ and nationwide background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has compiled a list featuring emerging and influential trends in employment screening background checks for employers. Continue reading