New Massachusetts Law Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications

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 after Governor Deval Patrick signed into law new legislation prohibiting employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which includes criminal charges, arrests, …

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Nebraska Man Accused of Running Background Check Scam

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer A recent news story from Nebraska suggests that the next time you want a background check company to run a background check for you, you may want to run a background check on the background check company first to see if they run real background checks. According to …

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FBI Letter Responds To NY Times Editorial on Flawed Criminal Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer The New York Times recently printed a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) responding to an earlier Times editorial — Check It Again — that discussed the accuracy of data the FBI relies on when performing criminal background checks. The text of the letter, titled Reliability of F.B.I. Data, is …

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NY Times Editorial Focuses On Flawed FBI Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A recent New York Times editorial – Check It Again – focused on a new bill in the House of Representatives that would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to verify and correct criminal data before issuing background checks for employment purposes, thus fixing the problem of many …

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Bill Would Strengthen Accuracy of Employment Background Checks Using FBI Criminal Database

By Les Rosen, President of ESR & Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer Employers that rely on criminal records databases to conduct background checks on potential employees also rely on the accuracy of the information in those databases. Now a federal bill introduced in the House would help to strengthen the accuracy of the Federal Bureau …

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Alleged Crime by Census Worker Casts Spotlight on Government Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer In the wake of a census worker being accused of assaulting a young disabled woman in southern Indiana, questions have arisen about security issues surrounding the government background checks of the thousands of workers for the once-in-a-decade U.S. Census. According to a report on the WRTV Indianapolis News website, …

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Jury Finds Housing Authority Negligent in Murder of Elderly Woman after Tenant Background Check Misses Criminal Past of Neighbor

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer In a story that shows the importance of using overlapping tools to do criminal background checks, a jury recently ruled that negligence by the Housing Authority in a North Carolina city led to an elderly woman’s death at the hands of her crack cocaine addicted neighbor in 2007. A story …

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National Criminal Databases Always Work On TV Crime Dramas, Not Always In Real Life

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer According to popular TV crime dramas, today’s investigators, along with old fashioned gut instincts,  use all technology at their disposal when it comes to tracking down and arresting the bad guys. One such technological advantage is a centrally located national computer database containing all past criminal records of anyone …

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2010 trend on criminal databases

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources 2010 Trends in Screening Trend Four: The battle over databases will continue – the latest wrinkle is the proliferation of cheap do-it-yourself websites and even iPhone apps An ongoing area of controversy in the screening industry is the use of commercially assembled national multi jurisdictional databases. These databases are complied from …

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Employment Screening Background Checks Annual Criminal Statistics

Various organizations publish their annual criminal “hit rates,” 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 …

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