The ‘Legal Workforce Act of 2011’ (H.R. 2164) recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would make use of the federal government’s E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system mandatory for all employers in the United States in order to help ensure that all newly hired employees are legally eligible to work in the country, according to a press release issued by the bill’s chief sponsor, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Continue reading
Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background screening provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), will present a session, ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification,’ at the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about the session presented by ESR President Lester Rosen, please visit:
http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Legal-and-Effective-Reference-Checking-and-Education-Verification-72/. Continue reading
Since a 2010 survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – ‘Background Checking: Conducting Credit Background Checks’ – found that 13 percent of the companies surveyed checked the credit reports of all job candidates while 47 percent checked the credit reports of some job candidates, many job seekers looking for work are wondering if their bad credit will affect the outcome of their job search. These jobs seekers need to know that there are limits to what employers can see in employment-related credit checks and how they can use that credit information, according to the article ‘Can Bad Credit Ruin Your Job Search?’ by Susan Johnston on Bankrate.com. Continue reading
For job seekers with criminal records, looking for work can be a frustrating case of “Catch-22” since most job applications ask about criminal convictions and the majority of employers run criminal background checks on job applicants. If job seekers are honest and admit their past criminal records, they risk not getting the job. If they lie, they risk of being terminated if their criminal pasts are discovered.
Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a San Francisco, California-area background check provider formally Accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), is offering six critical steps for job seekers with criminal records to follow to help them find employment as they attempt to re-enter the workforce. The guidance is in response to a new study from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) that recommends reforming criminal background checks used for the screening of job seekers since nearly 65 million people – more than one in four U.S. adults – have criminal records that may prevent them from finding work. Continue reading
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management representing more than 250,000 members in 140 countries, has issued a statement on the use of criminal background checks in response to a new study by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) that recommends reforming criminal background checks used for employment screening of job applicants since roughly 65 million U.S. adults – more than one in four – have criminal records. Continue reading
State lawmakers in Maryland have proposed legislation that would limit the ability of employers to run credit checks using credit reports and credit histories of employees and job applicants for employment purposes in response to complaints from job seekers in the state who said they were denied jobs after their would-be employers learned about their low credit scores, according to an article in The Baltimore Sun. Continue reading
Attorney, author, and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen – founder and President of San Francisco, California-area a background check provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – exposed the leading myths associated with employment screening background checks to an audience this week at the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., according to a special report ‘Due Diligence Myths in Background Investigations’ on HR.BLR.com. Continue reading
In an effort to keep Human Resources (HR) leaders and professionals informed about the latest legislative, compliance, and regulatory issues affecting how they conduct day-to-day business in their workplaces – including employment screening and safe hiring – the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will hold the 2011 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference from Monday, March 14, 2011 to Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Hyatt Washington in Washington D.C.. For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.shrm.org/Conferences/EmploymentLawLegislativeConference/Pages/default.aspx. Continue reading
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 on job seekers, according to an EEOC press release titled ‘Out of Work? Out of Luck.’ Continue reading
More than half of consumers approve of the idea of banning the use of job applicant credit reports by employers for employment screening, according to a recent survey.
A telephone poll survey conducted for Credit.com by GfK Custom Research North America from January 14, 2011 to January 16, 2011 interviewed 1,004 consumers about:
Employers have the right, with your permission, to check your credit report as part of background screening for employment. A number of lawmakers are interested in banning this practice – do you… Continue reading