Tag Archives: Employment Screening Resources

Ban the Box Will Become More the Rule than Exception when Background Screening Workers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that works to prevent employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history on the initial applications is spreading rapidly across the United States, with 24 states and over 150 cities and counties having such laws. The fact that Ban the Box laws will become more the rule than the exception when background screening potential employees is Trend Number 1 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Re-Entry and Second Chance Programs for Ex-Offenders Will Increase in Importance for Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study on the criminal background of workers and job performance released in October of 2016 by Northwestern University found that ex-offenders who had criminal records were no worse as employees in the workplace than non-offenders. The fact that re-entry programs and second chance programs  will increase as more employers discover ex-offenders make good employees as well as focus on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Compliance  is Trend Number 2 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Financial Institutions Will Seek Stronger Security Measures from Screening Providers including SOC 2 Reports and NAPBS Accreditation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With data breaches front page news in 2016, industries dealing with sensitive and confidential information – especially in the financial sector – know ensuring data security from third party service providers is mission critical. The fact that businesses including banks and financial institutions will seek stronger security measures such as SSAE 16 Service Organization Control (SOC) 2® reports and accreditation from National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) from screening providers is Trend Number 3 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

New Gig Economy Will Force Employers to Strengthen Screening of Growing On Demand Workforce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The fast growing “gig economy” that focuses on temporary work – or “gigs” – accounted for 30 percent of new jobs and created new income sources for 2.1 million people in the United States between 2010 and 2014, according to a 2015 American Action Forum Report. The fact that employers will need to strengthen screening for the growing on-demand workforce in America is Trend Number 4 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Continuous Screening of Employees Will Gain More Acceptance as Critical Post-Hire Due Diligence Tool

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

While most companies currently perform background screening on employees once at the pre-hire stage, “the new normal may call for continuous, post-hire monitoring” in the near future to avoid insider threats, according to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article. The fact that Continuous Screening is a process that more employers are considering as a critical post-hire due diligence tool is Trend Number 5 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

HR Technology Advancements Will Continue to Improve Background Screening in the Hiring Process

 

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New HR technology is making background screening for employment purposes “faster, smarter, and easier” while integrations with HR systems have “changed the game” for Human Resource professionals, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. The fact that HR Technology will continue to improve the screening and hiring process is Trend Number 6 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Millennials in Workforce Will Make Employers Change Methods of Background Screening Job Applicants

 

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau have found that Millennials – defined as people aged 18 to 34 in 2015 – numbered 75.4 million and in 2015 surpassed the 74.9 million Baby Boomers aged 51 to 69, according to a Pew Research Center article. The fact that Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest segment of the U.S. workforce and are making employers change their methods of background screening for job applicants is Trend Number 7 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

FCRA Lawsuits Will Remain a Potential Threat to Employers After Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo Case

 

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that consumers must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute. However, the fact that class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that governs background checks in the U.S. will remain a potential threat to employers despite recent court rulings dismissing FCRA lawsuits and citing the Spokeo decision as the reason is Trend Number 8 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Drug Testing in Workplace Will Have to Deal with Growth of State Laws Allowing Use of Marijuana

 

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

As of November 2016, a total of 28 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) website. Some states have also passed laws allowing for the recreational use of marijuana by adults. The fact that employers performing workplace drug testing will have to deal with the rapid growth of state laws allowing the use of marijuana is Trend Number 9 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Use of Big Data for Background Checks Will Be Closely Watched for Potential Discrimination Issues

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In October of 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – was being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks. The potential controversies surrounding the use of Big Data is Trend Number 10 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading