Rhode Island Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Ability of Employers to Ask About Criminal History

The state of Rhode Island has enacted a “Ban the Box” law – Senate Bill 357 (SB 357) – that will prohibit inquiries on employment applications regarding prior criminal convictions except when federal or state law specifically disqualifies a person from employment due to a prior conviction or authorizes such inquiries. The full text of …

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Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013 Reviewed at San Francisco HR Star Conference on July 17

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘The Top Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ at the San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The conference will take place from 9:00 …

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Safe Hiring Expert to Speak about International Background Checks at NSECVAC 2013 Conference on July 17

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session about international background checks titled ‘Background Checking People from Other Countries’ at the National Safe Environment Coordinators and Victim Assistance Coordinators (NSECVAC) Conference on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The hour long session takes place from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM …

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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/.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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