Online Dating Background Checks Fast and Easy But Not Always Accurate

Is the seemingly nice guy Prince Charming or just a charming sex offender? Just in time for Saint Valentine’s Day, new technology such as online dating background checks can supposedly help users find out the answer to the question above in mere seconds and with little effort or cost. However, while these new online dating background check …

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Ban the Box Movement Wants Question on Applications Asking Jobseekers about Criminal Pasts Removed

A Special Report on KTVU-TV Channel 2 News in San Francisco – ‘Ex-Felons Face Tough Road In Difficult Job Market’ – features a group pushing to “Ban the Box” that ex-offenders must check on job applications to disclose their criminal pasts to employers. In the KTVU story, a truck driver – an ex-felon who served …

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Government Accountability Office Report Finds Sex Offenders Employed at K-12 Schools

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to the Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives that revealed high rates of employees in all sorts of positions at both public and private schools – including …

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Controversial and Discriminatory Use of Job Applicant Credit Reports by Employers Tops Background Screening Trends List for 2011

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor For the past four years, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading background check provider to employers accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has compiled a “Top Ten Trends in Background Screening” list of emerging and …

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Questions about Criminal Records of Job Applicants Become More Difficult for Employers to Ask

by Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor Employers have become increasingly aware of the importance of knowing if a job applicant has a criminal record since they have a legal duty to make reasonable inquiries about who they hire in order to provide a safe workplace. An employer …

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Employers Discover Fast and Cheap Online Background Checks Using Criminal Databases Not Always Accurate or Legal

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor According to an age old platitude, “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is,” so employers should be wary of fast and cheap online criminal background checks that promise accurate and legal information on job applicants at the click …

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ESR NEWS ALERT: Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Prohibits Employers from Asking About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications Effective November 4, 2010

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Starting November 4, 2010, employers in Massachusetts will no longer be able to ask about convictions on “initial” job applications because of new legislation that prohibits employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which includes criminal charges, arrests, and incarceration. As previously …

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New Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Prohibits Employers from Asking About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications Starting November 4

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Starting November 4, 2010, employers in Massachusetts will no longer be able to ask about convictions on “initial” job applications. In August 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law new legislation that prohibits employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which …

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Error in Criminal Database Search during Background Check Falsely Labels Candidate a Crook

By  Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A story from south Florida demonstrates how criminal results found in database searches during background checks may be incorrect and the problems and embarrassment that can result from such mistakes. According to a report on NBCMiami.com, a candidate running for Cooper City, FL commission named David Nall was falsely labeled a …

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Employers Should Be Wary of Cheap or Instant Online Criminal Background Checks

By Lester Rosen, ESR President  Numerous internet sites have sprung up in recent years promising cheap or instant background checks that deliver criminal information on anyone. These sites utilize a so-called “National Criminal database” and vendors of such databases typically claim to have compiled millions of records from every state so users can know if someone …

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