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Background Check Expert Les Rosen Speaks at SHRM Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Les RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak at two sessions – ‘Dealing with the New EEOC Criminal Records Guidance and Hiring’ and ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks’ – on April 29 and 30, 2014 at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Management Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information on the presentations, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/ESR-Speaks/Detail/192/SHRM-Talent-Management-Conference-and-Exposition. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Explains EEOC Criminal Record Guidance at SHRM Talent Management Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Les Rosen at SHRM Talent ManagementOn April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new Guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions. Two years later, employers still needing help to ensure compliance while performing criminal background checks. Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the session ‘Dealing with the New EEOC Criminal Records Guidance and Hiring’ on April 29, 2014 at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Management Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. Rosen will present a second session on ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks’ on April 30, 2014. For more information on the presentations, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/ESR-Speaks/Detail/192/SHRM-Talent-Management-Conference-and-Exposition. Continue reading

Screening Industry Veteran Brad Landin To Discuss EEOC Criminal Record Guidance at HR West 2014

Written By Thomas Ahearn

HR West 2014Background screening industry veteran Brad Landin, President of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘New Times, New Rules: The Latest on Criminal Record Guidance’ on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT at the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) HR West® 2014 at Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, CA. For information about HR West 2014, which runs April 28 to 30, 2014, visit http://www.hrwest.org/. Continue reading

Court Ruling Underscores Best Practices for Handling Consumer Disputes about Accuracy of Criminal Records in Background Checks

By Lester S. Rosen, Attorney at Law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

court cases A ruling by a federal judge in a case in Minnesota on March 26, 2013 underscores the need for background screening firms to carefully review their processes for re-investigation of consumer disputes. Continue reading

New York State AG Secures Agreements with Background Check Firms

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogNew York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his office has secured agreements with four large background check firms that will prohibit them “from automatically disqualifying applicants with criminal convictions and require the agencies to defer hiring decisions to employers who must conduct an individualized consideration of candidates in accordance with New York State law.” A press release about the agreements is available at http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-announces-agreements-background-check-agencies-end-illegal-hiring. (Español) Continue reading

San Francisco Ban the Box Notice Available

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban The BoxStarting August 13, 2014, the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) will require employers doing business in San Francisco with 20 or more employees to “Ban the Box” and remove questions on applications asking about the criminal history of job applicants. The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, which will enforce the Fair Chance Ordinance, has issued an English version of the Ban the Box notice that employers must post where readily accessible to job applicants and employees. The San Francisco Ban the Box notice is available at http://sfgsa.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=11600. Continue reading

Louisville Latest City to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

homepage-checkThe Louisville (KY) Metro Council has voted in favor of a new “Ban the Box” law removing the question about criminal records from job applications for the city and many of its vendors, according to a press release from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). This follows similar Ban the Box legislation in Baltimore, MD, Charlotte, NC, Indianapolis, IN, and San Francisco, CA that give qualified job applicants with past convictions a fair chance at employment opportunities. The NELP press release is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/Press%20Releases/2014/PR-Louisville-Ban-the-Box.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

Ride-Sharing Firm Expands Criminal Background Checks after Gaps Found

Written By Thomas Ahearn

An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has revealed that one of the largest ride-sharing providers in the country missed the felony conviction of one of its drivers, a discovery that has led to the expansion of the company’s background check process. The full report is available at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-rideshare-background-checks-met-20140214,0,3099755.story. Continue reading

Commission on Civil Rights Report Examines Effects of EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

A briefing report released by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) – ‘Assessing the Impact of Criminal Background Checks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Conviction Records Policy’ – examines the effects of the EEOC’s updated Guidance policy on the use of conviction records by employers on African-American and Latino job applicants. The complete report – in which some members of the civil rights panel argue that the EEOC’s guidelines are flawed and vague – is available at http://www.eusccr.com/EEOC_final_2013.pdf. Continue reading

San Francisco Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Criminal Background Checks by Private Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed ‘Ban the Box’ legislation – the Fair Chance Ordinance – that requires private employers in the city with 20 or more employees to limit the use of criminal background checks when hiring, according to a BloombergLaw.com report. The law takes effect 30 days after signing and is operative in 180 days. The report is at http://about.bloomberglaw.com/law-reports/san-francisco-enacts-law-limiting-use-of-criminal-background-checks/. Continue reading