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University of Michigan Requires Background Checks and Education Verifications for All Job Candidates

A University of Michigan policy change that became effective June 1, 2013 requires all job candidates to undergo pre-employment background checks that include education verifications, according to a story on AnnArbor.com available at http://www.annarbor.com/news/university-of-michigan-expands-background-check-policy-to-include-education-verification/. Continue reading

Latest Developments in Pre-Employment Background Screening Discussed in Webinar on July 2

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

Starting July 1 New Colorado Law Specifies Permissible Use of Credit Reports by Employers

A new law passed by the Colorado General Assembly that takes effect July 1, 2013 – SB13-018, the “Employment Opportunity Act” – will specify the permissible use of credit reports by employers. The Act outlines the purposes for which consumer credit information such as consumer credit reports and credit scores can be used by private sector employers or potential employers with four or more employees in making employment-related decisions. More information about the Employment Opportunity Act is available at http://www.coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill/0/SB13-018/2013/1/. Continue reading

EEOC Chair Says Criminal Background Checks by Employers Not Banned

In a letter to the Wall Street Journal responding to the June 15, 2013 article ‘Banning Background Checks,’ Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), denied the article’s suggestion that the EEOC believes criminal background checks by employers are “racist” and that the agency wants to ban the practice. The letter to the Wall Street Journal from Chair Berrien is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323893504578555722405188406.html. Continue reading

Webinar Shows HR Professionals How to Optimize Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud

Since Human Resources professionals must ensure job applicants are really who they say they are before hiring them, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a 90 minute webinar titled ‘Optimizing HR Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud’ on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. For more information about this interactive webinar with Thompson Media worth 1.5 HRCI Credits on completion, visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=001700EM&priority=00295709611. Continue reading

Social Media Password Privacy Laws Passed in Several US States in Recent Months

Legislation has been introduced or is pending in at least 36 states so far in 2013 to prevent employers from requesting usernames and passwords to social media websites and personal Internet accounts of employees and job applicants, according the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Eight states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington – have enacted such legislation in 2013. A current list of all social media password privacy legislation is available at http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/telecom/employer-access-to-social-media-passwords-2013.aspx. Continue reading

New Texas Law Protects Employers Performing Background Checks and Encourages Employment of Ex-Offenders

A new law in Texas – H.B. 1188 – signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 14, 2013 will amend the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code so that “a cause of action may not be brought against an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party solely for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee, based on evidence that the employee has been convicted of an offense.” More information about Texas H.B. 1188, which will become effective on September 1, 2013, is available at http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB1188. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Manual Author Lester Rosen to Sign Books at SHRM 2013 Annual Conference

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, author of a comprehensive guide to background checks titled ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ (Facts on Demand Press / 736 Pages), will sign books on two days during the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Rosen, the Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will be available to sign books Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 5:45 PM and Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 11:45 AM outside of the main SHRM Store at the conference. More information about ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ 2nd Edition published in October 2012 is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/SafeHiringManual.php. Continue reading

EEOC Sends Message to Employers that Criminal Records of Job Applicants Must Be Used Carefully

In the Wall Street Journal article ‘Employment Checks Fuel Race Complaints,’ Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), says the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been delivering the same message to employers since the 1980s: “Criminal records need to be used carefully, not with brute force, more as a surgical instrument.” The article, which catalogues the increased scrutiny of background checks by the EEOC, is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323495604578539283518855020.html. Continue reading

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files Lawsuits against Two Employers for Use of Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against two employers alleging they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by implementing and utilizing a criminal background check policy that resulted in employees being fired or screened out for employment. A press release about the lawsuits – the first enforcement action against employers under the revised EEOC Guidance for using criminal records – is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/6-11-13.cfm. Continue reading