Researcher and Data Standards Required for Background Screening Companies Accredited by the NAPBS

Written By ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn Enforcing high standards for public record researchers that search for criminal records at courts to ensure they comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is required for background screening companies accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). The NAPBS, a non-profit trade association …

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Why Employers Should Conduct a Criminal Record Background Check on Potential Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A disturbing story about a worker who compiled a lengthy criminal record over decades “including embezzlement, unlawful imprisonment, domestic abuse, and rape” while working on and off for the same company serves as “a cautionary tale” on why employers should always “conduct a thorough background check” on …

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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Investigation Finds Employers in Violation of State Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2019, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey announced that agreements were reached with two Massachusetts employers and warning letters were sent to 17 other businesses found to be in violation of a state “Ban the Box” law that bars employers from asking about criminal …

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Appeals Court Rules Definition of “Conviction” Under FCRA Should be Interpreted by Federal Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 16, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in Aldaco v. RentGrow, Inc. that the definition of “conviction” under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) should be interpreted by federal law and not by the law of the state where …

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Background Check Expert Explains How “Instant Clears” of Criminal Record Searches Can Be Problematic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In his article “What Employers Need to Know About ‘Instant Clears,’” background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of global screening firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), explains how a new and innovative method designed to more quickly deliver a criminal record …

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New York State Budget Includes Increase to OCA Statewide Criminal History Record Search Fee

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 1, 2019, the New York Legislature approved the State Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget that includes a $30 increase to the fee charged by the Office of Court Administration (OCA) for the statewide Criminal History Record Search (CHRS) to raise the cost for the NY OCA search …

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Background Check Expert to Present Webinar on Legal Use of Criminal Records by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar entitled “Legally Obtaining and Using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and Ban the Box” hosted by compliance experts Aurora Training …

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Safe Hiring Expert Explains Why Background Check of Aurora Shooter Did Not Reveal Past Conviction

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn That fact that a past felony conviction was not revealed during the pre-employment background check of an employee who fatally shot five co-workers at his Aurora, Illinois, workplace while being fired from his job “might be perplexing – or even shocking to some – but not to …

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Background Check Expert to Present Webinar on How to Deal with Criminal Records While Hiring

   Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check company Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar entitled “Dealing with Criminal Records While Hiring” from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. To register, …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Releases Guide to California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Ban the Box Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco, California area – has released a complimentary white paper entitled “A Guide to Following California, Los Angeles & San Francisco Fair Chance Hiring and Ban the Box Laws” to help employers …

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