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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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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Virginia Criminal Records Database Used for Background Checks Missing More than 750,000 Cases

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Virginia State Crime Commission staff members “made a stunning discovery” while reviewing the state’s Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE), finding that 750,000 records used for background checks were not in the system maintained by the Virginia State Police, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Background Check Expert Answers Frequently Asked Question by Ex-Offenders Looking for Employment

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), has written an article called “Frequently Asked Question by Job Applicants: Should I Let a Potential Employer Know Upfront if I have a Criminal Record?” to help ex-offenders …

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Employment Screening Resources Releases Updated White Paper on Shortcuts that Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has released an updated version of its white paper entitled “21 Shortcuts and Traps that Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records” that summarizes ways screening firms could potentially take shortcuts that may undermine the accuracy …

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DOJ Survey of State Criminal Record Repositories Shows Records Not Always Accurate and Complete

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – which is responsible for enforcement of law and administration of justice in the United States – has released its latest Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems that “includes some disturbing facts on the currency and accuracy of records,” according to …

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Seattle City Council Passes Job Assistance Bill Prohibiting Automatic Exclusion of Applicants with Criminal Records

In a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Seattle City Council has passed a Job Assistance Bill to reduce criminal recidivism by providing job assistance to individuals with previous criminal records. Council Bill 117796 will prohibit public and private employers in Seattle from automatically excluding individuals with any arrest or conviction record from consideration for employment. A news …

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Delaware Bill Would Prohibit Employers from Considering Criminal Record and Credit History of Applicants before Job Offer

Lawmakers in Delaware have introduced legislation – House Bill No. 167 – that would prohibit public employers in the state from considering the criminal record or credit history of an applicant before making a conditional job offer. The bill would also restrict the authority of state and local government agencies to conduct criminal background checks …

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North Carolina Expunged Criminal Record Bill Signed Into Law

In May of 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation – Senate Bill 91, Prohibit Expunction Inquiry – that will prohibit employers or educational institutions from requesting that job applicants provide information regarding arrests, criminal charges, or criminal convictions that have been expunged. The full text of the ratified North Carolina Senate Bill 91, …

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