The Use of Home Operators

Some screening firms use home based operators to perform employment and education verifications.  That of course represents a big financial advantage for the screening firm.   They get cheap labor, and may even classify them as independent contractors in order to get even additional savings by not paying workers’ compensation, benefits or other costs associated with …

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Negligent hiring and retention leading causes of employment lawsuits

A recent article in the Connecticut Law Tribune re-enforces what ESR has been telling employers for some time—that lawsuits for negligent hiring and negligent retention are among the most common claims against employers. Per the articles, “The difference between the hiring and retention claims is when the employer became aware of a threatening employee; often, …

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Selecting an employment background screening firm

An essential element of any due diligence plan is a yearly audit of your current practices.  In the event of a worst case scenario, and an employer hires someone that is unfit, unsafe or unqualified, the best defense is that the employer exercised due diligence in its hiring practices, including the choice of a screening …

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Debate: Can a business connection site be more valuable then a resume?

According to some bloggers, the suggestion has been made that using business connections sites is more accurate then resumes, since a candidate is not as likely to lie on an online service where many friends and colleagues may see it. Looking at business connection sites during the recruiting or selection stage can certainly be another …

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Texas Lawsuit Accuses Apartment Owner of Negligence in Hiring Register Sex Offender as Maintenance Worker that Raped 14 Year Old Girl

According to a storey in the Southeastern Texas Record, a lawsuit has been filed against an apartment building owner in the rape of a tenant, a 14 year old girl, by a maintenance worker that was a registered sex offender.  It was alleged that the employee repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim at knifepoint for an …

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Why Interviews Are Not an Effective Means to Tell if a Job Applicant is Lying on their Resume or Job Application

Even if Diogenes had found an honest person, there is a body of modern evidence that suggests it is difficult for anyone, from ancient philosophers to modern day employers, to use an interview to determine who is really who. Employers have a distinct challenge when it comes to spotting liars; industry statistics suggest that as …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Releases New Training DVD for Background Checks

ESR has released a press release today announcing the release of a professionally produced 36 minute video re-enactment of portions of a negligent hiring trial. As the press release states,” The DVD of a negligent hiring trial, filmed in an actual courtroom, demonstrates opening statements, cross-examination of an HR professional, testimony from an expert witness, …

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