Match.com has settled a lawsuit with a woman who sued the popular online dating site after she was raped by a fellow member she was linked up with for a date by pledging to perform background checks on all current and future members in order to screen out sex offenders, the Los Angeles Times reports. The woman’s assailant – …Continue reading "Popular Online Dating Site Settles Lawsuit by Pledging to Background Check Members for Sex Offenders"
According to a report in The Quad-City (IA) Times, a registered sex offender dressed in a Cookie Monster costume, handing out fliers to children, and posing for pictures with children at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, Iowa was arrested on an aggravated misdemeanor charge after an officer of the County Sex Offender Task Force recognized …Continue reading "Registered Sex Offender Dressed in Cookie Monster Costume Arrested at State Fair"
Less than a week after a Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit against popular online dating service Match.com claiming that she was attacked by a man she met through its website, the company has decided to begin performing background checks on potential members using a national sex offender database, the Los Angeles Times reports. The …Continue reading "Popular Online Dating Service to Background Check Potential Members using Sex Offender Database"
By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to the Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives that revealed high rates of employees in all sorts of positions at both public and private schools – including …Continue reading "Government Accountability Office Report Finds Sex Offenders Employed at K-12 Schools"
By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor According to a report ‘Churches check closer after molestation cases’ from OnlineAthens.com, the website for the Athens Banner Herald, more churches are using background checks to ensure the safety of their most vulnerable members in the wake of several molestation cases involving employees and volunteers. The report …Continue reading "Churches Using Background Checks to Ensure Safety of Most Vulnerable Members"
By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Recently, two news stories about background checks from very different angles appeared in two major media outlets – CNN and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) – on the same day. The CNN story – “Investigation: Could background check have prevented alleged rape?” – …Continue reading "CNN and WSJ News Stories Show Background Checks Occur at Intersection of Security and Privacy"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream â€“ but how many people consider the possible criminal backgrounds of the ice cream truck drivers bringing that delicious treat to screaming kids waitingÂ by the side of the roadÂ on hot summer days? Apparently lawmakers in Tennessee do, according to …Continue reading "Tennessee Considers Background Checks for Ice Cream Truck Drivers"
When a hired worker enters your home to perform a service that you requested, do you know to whom you are opening your door? So asks an article on HuffingtonPost.com — ‘Could You or a Loved One End Up Like Elizabeth Smart?’ — that shows why background checks are needed to uncover unsafe employees working in and …Continue reading "CAUSE Shows Background Checks Needed To Uncover Unsafe Service Employees Working In Homes"
A California Court of Appeals decision filed March 23, 2010 held that a background screening firm has a constitutional right to report that an applicant has appeared on the Megan’s Law website (MLW) as a registered sex offender. The Court further held that under the California law, the prohibition on the use of such information …Continue reading "California Case Protects Constitutional Right of Background Screening Firm to Report Sex Offender Registration"
In the April, 2009 ESR Newsletter, ESR reported on a case in Ohio where a negligent hiring lawsuit was filed on behalf of a sleep clinic patient that was sexually molested by a staff member.Â http://www.esrcheck.com/newsletter/archives/April_2009.php.Â The article reported that a technician was facing gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition charges for allegedly molesting five …Continue reading "Due diligence risk management and Employment Screening"