NAPBS Executive Director Melissa Sorenson Explains How Removing Birthdate from Court Records May Have Unintended Consequences

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With many courts considering the removal of identifiers such as date of birth (DOB) from public records to protect citizens from identity theft, Melissa Sorenson, Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has written a guest column for The Gazette entitled ‘Removing …

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Date of Birth Information, Age Discrimination and Background Checks

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources Most authorities agree that any information tending to reveal a job applicant’s age should not be requested on an employer application form or during an oral interview. Asking for date of birth during the selection process could violate the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as well …

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Increased technology and the end of paper and faxing for employment screening

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources 2010 Trends in Screening Trend Six:  With advances in database technology, and the general acceptance of the HR-xml standardization for database integrations, it appears that the use of paper and faxes is coming to an end.  Not that “Going Paperless” is exactly a new development. Employment Screening Resources, for …

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The Basics of Criminal Records Searches

Searching for criminal records is much more complicated than it appears on the surface.  Contrary to popular belief, there is no central database available to most private employers to instantly find a person’s criminal record at one touch.  The FBI database is only available to employers that are legally authorized to submit fingerprints, the readouts …

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New Utah Privacy Laws Impact Employers and May Show Future Trend

Utah is the latest state to pass tough new privacy laws when it comes to Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Utah passed a new law effective May 12, 2009 called ‘The Employment Selection Procedures Act.’  See: http://le.utah.gov/~2009S1/bills/hbillenr/hb1002.htm The law prohibits an employer with more than 15 employees from collecting an applicant’s social security number, date of …

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