FedEx Named In Lawsuit That Includes Claim of Negligent Hiring and Retention of Truck Driver

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a report from KECI NBC 13 in Missoula, Montana, the family of a volunteer firefighter killed in a 2008 crash has filed a lawsuit claiming that FedEx, the world’s largest express transportation company, and the owner of the semi truck that killed …

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Recent Trend Shows Women Increasingly Becoming Involved in Workplace Violence Incidents

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Some experts believe that an emerging trend of women as workplace killers may be indicated by recent cases including a September 2010 incident in which a woman allegedly killed coworkers at the baking plant in Philadelphia where she worked after being suspended from her job. A story on The Philadelphia Inquirer …

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Family of Michael Jackson Files Suit Claiming Death of Singer Caused by Negligent Hiring and Retention of Doctor

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a post on The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog, the family of deceased singer Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit against event production company AEG Live and others claiming they are responsible for the pop idol’s death because his contract with AEG for …

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Statistics and employment screening background checks

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources In an article on background checks posted on  Workforce Management in January, 2010, it was suggested  that “Employment and criminal checks also do little to screen out those who commit fraud.”  The reason is that statistics from a  2008 report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners based on …

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2010 Trend on more lawsuits including class action litigation over accuracy, privacy, and consumer rights

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources 2010 Trends in Screening–Trend Two: Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading national online employment screening background firm, is releasing the ESR “Third Annual Top Ten Trends in the Pre-Employment Background Screening Industry” for 2010.   This is the SECOND of the ten trends ESR will be tracking in 2010.  The ten …

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Defenses That Do and Do Not Work in Negligent Hiring Cases

If an employer is sued for negligent hiring on the basis that they hired someone that they either knew or in the exercise of reasonable care should have know was dangerous, unqualified, unfit or dishonest, and it was reasonably foreseeable that some of harm could occur, an employer can be sued for negligent hiring.  That …

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Due diligence risk management and Employment Screening

In the April, 2009 ESR Newsletter, ESR reported on a case in Ohio where a negligent hiring lawsuit was filed on behalf of a sleep clinic patient that was sexually molested by a staff member.  http://www.esrcheck.com/newsletter/archives/April_2009.php.  The article reported that a technician was facing gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition charges for allegedly molesting five …

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Screening Vendors and Temporary Workers

A recent article in the SHRM 2008 Staffing Management Library underscores the need to screen even temporary hires.  Although many employers have well thought-out programs for their regular employees, temporary employees from staffing firms, 1099 workers or vendors pose similar risks.  The article explained why screening temporary employees is critical, and offers suggestions on how …

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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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