Tag Archives: education

Yahoo Background Check Language Changed in Offer Letter to Newly Hired CEO Mayer

Sunnyvale, California-based internet corporation Yahoo! has changed the language concerning background checks in its offer letter to newly hired CEO Marissa Mayer from what the company previously used in an offer letter to former CEO Scott Thompson, according to a blog on the Wall Street Journal website ‘Yahoo Tweaks Background Check Language for Mayer.’ Thompson left the company in May 2012 after a discrepancy in his academic credentials was publicly revealed. Continue reading

Yahoo CEO Leaves Company after Discrepancy in Academic Credentials Revealed

On May 13, 2012, Yahoo! Inc. announced that Scott Thompson, the recently hired Chief Executive Officer who was revealed to have a discrepancy in his academic credentials included in online biographies and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, has left the company, and that the Board of Directors has named Ross Levinsohn as interim CEO to manage the day-to-day operations, effective immediately. The full text of the press release is available here: ‘Yahoo! Names Fred Amoroso Chairman and Appoints Ross Levinsohn Interim CEO’. Continue reading

Yahoo CEO Education Record Mentioned in Biography Contained Discrepancy in Degree Awarded

In a recent example of the need for businesses to conduct education verifications during background checks, the newly hired Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo!, Scott Thompson, was found to have discrepancies in his educational record after a letter from Third Point LLC, owners of close to 6 percent of Yahoo! shares, pointed out that while numerous biographies and securities filings claimed Thompson held a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer science, a “rudimentary Google search” revealed that his degree was in accounting only.  The letter is available here: Third Point letter to Yahoo! (UPDATE: Yahoo! Board of Directors Forms Special Committee to Review CEO Academic Credentials). Continue reading

California Supreme Court Rules Schools Liable for Sexually Abusive Teachers

In a ruling that will make school sex abuse lawsuits easier for California parents and students to file, the California Supreme Court has ruled that school districts can be held “vicariously liable” for the negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of employees who are prone to sexually abusing students. California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar wrote the unanimous Supreme Court opinion for the case ‘C.A. a Minor, etc. v. WILLIAM S. HART UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT et al.’ that is available at: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S188982.PDF. Continue reading

Employment and Education Verifications Reviewed as Safe Hiring Webinar Series Continues March 15

With some job candidates falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments in order to find work in a competitive job market, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Employment and Education Verifications How to Tell What Is Real and What Is Not” on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. To register for the webinar, the third of four webinars in ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), visit: http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38881&instance=0. Continue reading

North Dakota Diploma Mill Scandal Shows Need for Education Verifications

A recently released audit report of Dickinson State University (DSU) in North Dakota describes the school as a “diploma mill” for foreign students that awarded hundreds of unearned degrees to students mostly from China who did not complete their course work while also enrolling students who did not have qualifying grades. The audit, which examined foreign students who have taken part in a special program since 2003 allowing them to earn degrees both from DSU and a university in their home country, is at: http://www.ndus.edu/uploads/reports/96/dsu-internal-review-ddj-final-draft1-020912.pdf. Continue reading

Oregon Criminal Background Check Legislation HB 4091 Passes House and Heads to Senate

The Oregon House recently passed legislation, House Bill 4091 (HB 4091), aimed at removing redundancies, inconsistencies, and holes in Oregon’s systems of criminal background checks and the bill now moves to the Oregon Senate for consideration, according to a news release from the House Democratic Caucus. If passed, HB 4091 would make criminal background checks easier and less costly to track and maintain for volunteers and employees in human service and education positions and would also attempt to make background checks more usable across agencies. Continue reading

Discrimination and Disparate Impact of High School Diploma Requirement for Learning Disabled Discussed in EEOC Letter

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of Legal Counsel recently wrote an informal discussion letter in response to an inquiry from a member of the public asking whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, prohibited a state from requiring students with learning disabilities to take “Gateway tests” or “end-of-course assessments” in order to receive their full high school diplomas. This letter, which is intended to provide an informal discussion of the issue and does not constitute official EEOC opinion, is at: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/letters/2011/ada_qualification_standards.html. Continue reading

Diploma Mills Offering Fake Degrees and False Credentials Likely to Increase in Tight Job Market

A 2011 report from Europe’s leading background screening firm revealed an astounding 48 percent increase worldwide in the number of known fake diploma mills in the previous year, and the number of what the report describes as “largely online entities whose degrees are worthless due to the lack of valid accreditation and recognition” is likely to increase in the coming year as desperate job applicants knowingly – and unknowingly – do business with companies that offer fake degrees and false credentials for a price. This is Trend Number 6 of the fifth annual ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

Background Check Policy for Hiring Teachers Questioned in Lawsuit against School District

According to a report in the Myrtle Beach (SC) Herald, the father of a former Middle School student in Horry County, South Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the school district that hired a teacher who had a sexual relationship with the man’s daughter, who was only 13-years-old at the time. The Herald reports that the lawsuit filed in civil court – which does not identity the girl or her father – states “the school district was negligent in both the supervision of its students and the screening of prospective hires,” and that the teacher also had sex with a student in Michigan before being hired by Horry County Schools. Continue reading