New and Revised E-Verify Memorandums of Understanding Now Effective for Existing Users

In December 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new and revised Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) related to the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification program. The MOUs have a revision date of June 1, 2013 that may be found at the bottom of each MOU page. The revised MOUs became effective for new …

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Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 Released by Employment Screening Resources

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has announced the release of the 7th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014’ selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. For 2014, the “Ban the Box” movement to eliminate questions about criminal records on initial job applications to give ex-offenders a more level playing field when …

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Ban the Box Movement that Eliminates Criminal History Question from Job Applications Picking Up Momentum

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) The “Ban the Box” movement that seeks to eliminate questions about past criminal conduct on initial job applications is quickly heading towards becoming a national standard and will be a hot issue for employers in 2014. The “box” refers to where an …

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Updated EEOC Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Employers Becoming Core Concern for Human Resources

The updated Guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 25, 2012 carries the potential to impact the hiring processes of every employer and Human Resources professional in the United States in 2014 and beyond. Although not a law or legally enforceable …

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Use of Commercial Criminal Databases Becoming More Controversial as Employers Face More Risk when Screening

The use of commercial criminal databases and cheap “do it yourself” background check web sites will be the focus of increased scrutiny and controversy in 2014 as employers face more risk when screening job applicants as the demand for accuracy in background check reports rises. This is Trend Number Three of the 7th Annual Employment …

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Use of NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms by Employers Picking Up Steam

Given the increasingly complex legal environment, employers in 2014 will be faced with the challenges of ensuring that a background screening provider utilizes best practices to be in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance for the use of criminal records, and applicable state laws as …

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Identity Theft and Offshoring Emerging as Important Factors for Employers to Consider when Screening

Employers in the United States are coming under increased pressure to protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of job applicants due to increased media focus on identity theft and the “offshoring” of information gathered for background checks overseas beyond U.S. privacy laws. In 2014 employers may need to closely examine their processes in the area …

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Social Network Searches Being Used Less for Background Checks and More for Recruiting and Sourcing

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 …

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Credit Reports Becoming Disfavored Tool in Employment Screening that May Disappear from Hiring Landscape

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 …

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More Employers Including International Background Checks in Hiring Processes

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 …

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