By Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Educational credentials can be an important part of an employer’s decision making process in hiring. Educational achievement tells an employer a great deal about an applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation. Many employers feel that educational qualifications are a critical factor in predicting success on the job. …Continue reading "The Basics of Education Verifications"
Various organizations publish their annual criminal â€œhit rates,â€ showing how many applicants subject to background screening had criminal records or other discrepancies. On one hand, these figures are extremely valuable because they confirm an already compelling case that background checks are critical for any employer that wants to exercise due diligence and protect its workforce …Continue reading "Employment Screening Background Checks Annual Criminal Statistics"
Some employers or recruiters want background firms to contact an applicant directly if there is a need to obtain additional information or to clarify information from an applicant. If this has ever crossed your mind as an employer or recruiter, you might want to reconsider. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) generally recommends against having background firms …Continue reading "Why Background Firms should not contact an applicant directly"
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announcedÂ on October 1, 2009 that they have filed a lawsuit against Freeman, a firm that offers nationwide convention services, on the basis that it used credit reports and criminal records to unfairly discriminate against black, Hispanic and maleÂ job applicants.Â Â Â This case has the potential to have a …Continue reading "New EEOC lawsuit for discrimination based on credit report and criminal records"
From the mailbox: What are the risks for an applicant in providing a fake reference. I even hear there are web sites that will give you a fake reference that look real and they even create a web site for the fake company. In a tough job market, why not? Response from ESR: The old saying …Continue reading "fake references and employment screening background checks"
In the April, 2009 ESR Newsletter, ESR reported on a case in Ohio where a negligent hiring lawsuit was filed on behalf of a sleep clinic patient that was sexually molested by a staff member.Â http://www.esrcheck.com/newsletter/archives/April_2009.php.Â The article reported that a technician was facing gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition charges for allegedly molesting five …Continue reading "Due diligence risk management and Employment Screening"
An excellent article on how employers can deal with workplace has appeared in the Coshocton Tribune in Ohio. It was written by Ohio human resources consultant Jim Evans is president of JK Evans & Associates LLC, a Zanesville-based human resources consulting firm. The article recounted some recent incidents of workplace violence and reminded employers and …Continue reading "Workplace violence and employment screening background checks"
A recent article in the SHRM 2008 Staffing Management Library underscores the need to screen even temporary hires.Â Although many employers have well thought-out programs for their regular employees, temporary employees from staffing firms, 1099 workers or vendors pose similar risks.Â The article explained why screening temporary employees is critical, and offers suggestions on how …Continue reading "Screening Vendors and Temporary Workers"
Searching for criminal records is much more complicated than it appears on the surface. Contrary to popular belief, there is no central database available to most private employers to instantly find a person’s criminal record at one touch. The FBI database is only available to employers that are legally authorized to submit fingerprints, the readouts …Continue reading "The Basics of Criminal Records Searches"
As ESR has noted in numerous presentations on the use of social networking sites, such as Facebook or MySpace for employment, this is an evolving area of law that is still waiting for lawsuits to wind their ways through courts resulting in published judicial opinions.Continue reading "Court Case on Use of Social Networking Sites"