EEOC Sanctioned by Federal Court and Ordered to Pay More than $750,000 in Fees

In a decision ending over three years of litigation, a federal court in Michigan recently sanctioned the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency of the U.S. Government that enforces the federal employment discrimination laws – and ordered the EEOC to pay $751,942.48 for attorneys fees, expert fees, and court costs to a private …

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EEOC Examines Practice of Employers Excluding Unemployed Job Applicants from Job Vacancies

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 to examine the practice by employers of considering only those currently employed for job vacancies and excluding currently unemployed persons from job applicant pools, including in job announcements, and also to hear from invited panelists on the potential impact …

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Background Checks of Temporary Workers Cause for Concern for Employers as Hiring Increases

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor Many employers do not realize they potentially face the same exposure from vendors, independent contractors, and temporary employees from staffing firms as they do from their own full-time employees when it comes to negligent hiring lawsuits. Risk management controls of employers often …

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Social Network Background Checks of Job Applicants Present Challenges for Employers and Recruiters

By Lester Rosen, ESR President It appears that a new industry is popping up, whereby employers can go to third party firms that will scour the internet and locate and assemble a dossier on an applicant’s cyber identity.  These “social network background checks” will search social networking sites like Facebok and Twitter, blogs, and anywhere else on …

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Author and Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen to Present Two Sessions at PIHRA Pacific West HR Conference in Pasadena CA on September 22

President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Lester Rosen to review hot button issues HR Professionals face during hiring including international background checks, discrimination, privacy, and use of social networking sites for background checks. By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), the San Francisco area firm …

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Germany Proposes Law Restricting Employers from Using Facebook when Recruiting

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer According to a recent article in the NY Times, the German government has proposed placing restrictions on employers who wish to view the profiles of job applicants on wildly popular social networking sites such as Facebook when recruiting. The Times reports that the proposal to limit the use …

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ESR Releases Free Online Structured Interview Generator Tool Available to Employers, Recruiters and Human Resources

By Lester Rosen, ESR President (Originally posted on HR.Tolbox.com) A new free online tool allows employers to easily create custom interview guides with an interview generator form. One of the problems that face employers of all sizes is preparing for interviews. Most recruiters, human resources professionals and hiring managers are now familiar with the notion …

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Can Recruiters or Employers Rely on Business Connecting Sites Instead of Background Checks?

By Lester Rosen, President of ESR (Originally posted on HR.Toolbox.com) From the mailbag: I have heard the argument made that using business connections sites is more accurate than resumes and can even replace a past employment check, since a candidate is not as likely to lie on an online service where many friends and colleagues …

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Recruiting Russian Roulette: Why Every Placement Has the Potential to Put You Out of Business

By Lester Rosen, President of ESR (Originally Published on HR.Toolbox.com) It’s a sobering thought, but every time a recruiting professional makes a placement, there is the possibility that new hire can put them out of business. Why? Because if a dangerous, unqualified, unfit, or dishonest candidate is placed in a job and harm occurs, the …

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How Recruiters Can Speed up the Background Check Process

By Lester Rosen, President of ESR (Originally published on HR.com) Part of the on boarding process for most in-house recruiters is the completion of the pre-employment background check.  The challenge for in-house recruiters is that they are typically under intense time pressure to complete the hiring process quickly and to get the new person started.  …

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