Tag Archives: Lester Rosen

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Ban the Box Bill to Help Ex-Offenders Seeking Government Jobs

In order to reduce unnecessary barriers to employment for the one in four adult Californians with arrest or conviction records, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit requesting criminal record information on initial employment applications for local and state government jobs. The text of AB 218 – which will take effect July 1, 2014 – is at http://openstates.org/ca/bills/20132014/AB218/. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Speaks to ASIS Golden Gate Chapter at Skywalker Ranch on October 22

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco Bay area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will discuss ‘Reducing The Insider Risk: Strategies For Background Checks After Hiring’ at an ASIS Golden Gate Chapter meeting held at Skywalker Ranch on Lucas Valley Road in Marin County, California on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM PST. More information about the ASIS Golden Gate Chapter meeting is available at http://www.asisgoldengate.org/page1/page1.html. Continue reading

Congressional Briefing on Consequences of Inaccurate Background Checks for Employment Scheduled for October 1

A Congressional Briefing entitled ‘The Consequences of Inaccurate Employment Background Checks’ that should feature a report from the National Law Employment Project (NELP) – ‘Wanted: Accurate FBI Background Checks for Employment’ – that examines the accuracy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks will take place Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building (CHOB) in Washington D.C. The report from NELP is available at http://www.nelp.org/accurateFBIrecords. Continue reading

Nevada Law Restricting Employer Access to Credit Reports and Social Media Accounts Takes Effect October 1

A new law in Nevada signed by Governor Brian Sandoval – Assembly Bill 181 (A.B. 181) – will restrict employer access to social media accounts and credit report information of both employees and job applicants beginning on October 1, 2013. The full text of Nevada Assembly Bill 181 is available at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/AB/AB181.pdf. Continue reading

Report Examines Employer Compliance with New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Released in 2012

A report from Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, PA titled ‘EEOC’s Criminal Record Guidance One Year Later: Lessons from the Community’ examines employer compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ released on April 25, 2012. The complete report by Sharon M. Dietrich, Managing Attorney of CLS, is available at http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/1624843/1552763922/name/EEOC%20CHR%20guidance%20one%20year%20later%20-%20policy%20paper.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Responds to Attorneys General Letter Urging Reconsideration of Criminal Background Check Guidance

The Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has responded to a letter sent in July 2013 from the Attorneys General of nine states – Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia – that urged the EEOC to reconsider positions expressed in its ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ approved in April 2012. The complete EEOC letter is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/EEOC-Response-to-AG-Letter.pdf. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks for Rental Housing Tenants Settled for 150000 Dollars

A tenant screening company that background checks tenants for rental housing has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a class action lawsuit over its screening practices, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP) on the Bloomberg Businessweek website. The complete report is available at http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-09-18/150k-settlement-in-lawsuit-over-background-checks. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Reveal Strategies for Reducing Insider Risk at ASIS International Annual Seminar

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Reducing The Insider Risk: Strategies For Background Checks After Hiring’ at the ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information about ASIS 2013 – which takes place from September 24 to 27, 2013 – visit http://www.securityexpo.org/. Continue reading

Legal Landscape Regarding Social Media Background Checks of Job Applicants Not Fully Formed

A recent Security Management article ‘Pre-employment Screening and Social Media’ examined how consideration of social media use of job applicants may become standard practice for employers during the hiring process in the future as technology improves and people spend more time online. While the legal challenges employers may face with social media background checks was not the focus of a recent ASIS International Information Asset Protection and Pre-Employment Screening Council (IAPPES) conference call, Security Management reached out to Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), for some perspective on the subject and found the legal landscape is not yet fully formed. The article by Megan Gates is available at http://www.securitymanagement.com/news/preemployment-screening-and-social-media-0012730. Continue reading

Background Check Webinar Helps Human Resources Professionals Legally Avoid Bad Hires

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