While a hot topic in past years has been the use of the internet to help with employee selection through social media background checks, it appears that this trend is fading fast for a number of reasons. As a result, social network searches will diminish as a tool for background checks but will grow for …Continue reading "Social Network Searches Being Used Less for Background Checks and More for Recruiting and Sourcing"
Employers should generally approach the use of credit reports for employment purposes with great caution, carefully examining if such use is regulated by state law, is relevant to the job, and be on the lookout for potential future restrictions in 2014 as credit report checks continue to become a disfavored tool that could potentially disappear …Continue reading "Credit Reports Becoming Disfavored Tool in Employment Screening that May Disappear from Hiring Landscape"
In 2014, the use of international background checks will increase as employers both open offices outside of the U.S. and hire people who have spent time abroad. With nearly 250 political entities in the world, each country is an adventure when it comes to background checks and employers cannot assume that screening internationally is the …Continue reading "More Employers Including International Background Checks in Hiring Processes"
Technology will continue to decrease time and effort needed for background checks in 2014. In the coming year, employers can expect to see even more robust Applicant Generated Report (AGR) systems where applicants perform the data entry and also integration with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) where employers can simply click a button and be done. …Continue reading "Technology Decreasing Time and Effort Needed for Employers to Perform Background Checks"
Nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will soon announce the 7th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014 featuring emerging and influential trends in the screening industry chosen by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. After first being presented on the ESR News Blog, each trend will appear on …Continue reading "Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 to Be Announced by Employment Screening Resources"
The State of Texas has filed suit against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over Guidance for use of criminal records of job applicants by employers for criminal background checks that may exclude convicted felons from employment. The complaint STATE OF TEXAS vs. EEOC is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/State-Of-Texas-vs-EEOC.pdf.Continue reading "Texas Sues EEOC over Guidance for Criminal Background Checks"
Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States rose by 204,000 jobs in October 2013 while the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.3 percent and the number of unemployed persons remained mostly unchanged at 11.3 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — OCTOBER 2013’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor …Continue reading "October 2013 Employment Situation Report Shows Gain of 204000 Jobs"
Target Corp. will ‘Ban the Box’ asking job seekers about their criminal history on employment applications starting next year to comply with a new Minnesota law that takes effect January 1, 2014, according to a story from the StarTribune available at http://www.startribune.com/business/229310141.html.Continue reading "Target to Ban the Box Asking Job Seekers about Criminal History on Applications Starting January 1"
A hearing titled ‘The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks’ will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the recent Navy Yard shooting and the role of background checks in the government. The hearing will be held in Room SD-342 of …Continue reading "Senate Committee Hearing on Navy Yard Tragedy Examining Government Background Checks Set for October 1"
Medical identity theft increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the United States and affected an estimated 1.84 victims with the total out-of-pocket medical costs for medical identity theft victims reaching $12.3 billion, according to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical …Continue reading "Medical Identity Theft in United States Increased Nearly 20 Percent in Past Year According to Survey"