Written By Thomas Ahearn
Although most companies are using background checks to screen applicants, many may not have a full understanding of the many laws and regulations for background checks. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance’ with Aurora Training Advantage on Thursday April 17, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/background-checks/.
In this 90 minute webinar, attendees will learn the information needed to conduct thorough, effective, and compliant background checks. Subjects covered will include: compliance with the 2012 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records; the impact of state laws on background checks; new laws on credit reports, social media passwords, and offshoring personal information; and whether employers should “ban the box” asking about criminal convictions on job applications.
Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive guide to background checks, and a nationally recognized safe hiring expert. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and served as the first co-chairman. He is a frequent presenter nationwide on issues surrounding background checks and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences for “ESR Speaks.”
On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present a free live webinar for Spanish speaking employers so they can learn about E-Verify and the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process in their native language. To attend this webinar, please visit https://connect16.uc.att.com/EventEntry/Websites/?VaccId=uscis&ExEventID=86861068. Continue reading
Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 90 minute Audio Conference ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance: Avoiding Legal Hot Water’ with Aurora Training Advantage from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. To register for this webinar, which is worth 1.5 PHR/SPHR Credits, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/. Continue reading
The E-Verify employment eligibility verification system – unavailable since the federal government shutdown began on October 1, 2013 – has resumed operations following the ending of the shutdown and all features and services are now available, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-900f6d. Continue reading
The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system is currently unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began today, October 1, 2013, according to an alert on the E-Verify page of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The complete alert about the E-Verify unavailability is available at https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/vislogin.aspx?JS=YES. Continue reading
To help Human Resources professionals legally avoid bad hires, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will host a webinar with TrainHR.com titled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ on September 19, 2013 at 1:00 EDT/10:00 PDT. To register for the webinar – which has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) – please visit http://www.trainhr.com/control/w_product/~product_id=700414LIVE. Continue reading
Maine Governor Paul LePage signed LD 1410 in June of 2013 to update the state’s consumer reporting law by adopting most of the provisions of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 United States Code, Section 1681 et seq., as amended. LD 1410 incorporates the federal fair credit reporting laws into state law while preserving enhanced protections found in current state law in Maine. The full text of LD 1410 is available at http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/SP050401.asp. Continue reading
Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will discuss the ‘Use of Criminal Convictions in Employment’ on Friday, August 9, 2013 for the Section of Labor and Employment Law at the 2013 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The panel discussion will take place from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM PST in Moscone Center West, Room 3007, Third Floor. For more information about the Section of Labor and Employment Law at the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting, visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/labor_law/events_cle/abalel_annual.html. Continue reading
A new law in Indiana that takes effect July 1, 2013 – Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1482 – will allow state residents to have certain old criminal records “expunged” or erased by the courts and could create job opportunities for ex-offenders. Signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in May 2013, this “second chance” law applies to both employers based in Indiana and those who hire workers in the state. The full text of the new law is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/HE/HE1482.1.html. Continue reading
Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will participate in a live 90 minute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) webinar ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening: Latest Developments’ on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT. For more information about this webinar from Strafford, which will also feature Attorney Pamela Q. Devata of Seyfarth Shaw and Attorney Cindy D. Hanson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as panelists, visit http://www.straffordpub.com/products/pre-employment-background-screening-latest-developments-2013-07-02. Continue reading