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Credit Report Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Increasingly Regulated by State Laws

In recent years, several U.S. states have passed laws regulating the use of employment credit reports of job applicants and current employees that have impacted the way employers conduct background checks. Seven states – California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington – currently have laws that limit the use of credit report checks by employers for employment purposes, with the most recent law, California Assembly Bill 22 (CA AB 22), taking effect January 1, 2012. Other states, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), are considering further restrictions on credit checks by employers. This is Trend Number 2 of the fifth annual ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

Civil Rights and Labor Groups Seek to End Credit Checks of Job Applicants by Employers

According to a report from HuffingtonPost.com, a coalition of 25 civil rights and labor advocacy groups recently petitioned TransUnion – one of the largest credit-monitoring firms in the United States along with Equifax and Experian and the only privately-held company of the so-called ‘Big Three’ – to stop making credit reports available and selling consumer credit information to employers to use for credit checks of job applicants during the hiring process. Continue reading

California Passes AB 22 Placing Restrictions on Use of Credit Checks by Employers

Effective January 1, 2012, employers or prospective employers in California – with the exception of certain financial institutions – will be prohibited from obtaining consumer credit reports to use in the hiring and promotion process after Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) that restricts usage of consumer credit reports for employment purposes. California now joins Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington as U.S. states that currently limit the use of credit checks by employers. To read AB 22, visit: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_22_bill_20110920_enrolled.pdf. Continue reading

SHRM Study Finds More than Half of Employers Favor Drug Testing Job Applicants

A recently released study examining the use of drug testing programs by employers conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and commissioned by the Drug and Alcohol Testing Association (DATIA) found that more than half of employers (57 percent) conduct drug tests on all job candidates. Continue reading

SHRM Survey Finds Employers Wary of Using Social Networking Websites and Online Search Engines to Screen Job Candidates

As part of a series of surveys from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) focusing on the use of social media in the workplace, ‘SHRM Survey Findings: The Use of Social Networking Websites and Online Search Engines in Screening Job Candidates’ centered on how organizations use social networking websites and online search engines as a tool for screening potential job candidates. Contrary to popular belief, the SHRM survey found only slightly more than one-quarter (26 percent) of organizations indicated they used online search engines such as Google and Yahoo to screen job candidates during the hiring process while even fewer organizations (18 percent) used social networking websites like Facebook and LinkedIn for that purpose. Continue reading

Special Report Reveals Advantages and Difficulties of Conducting Past Employment Verification and Reference Checking

While most employers agree knowing the work history of the employees they hire is an essential part of their decision making process, conducting past employment verification and reference checking can often be a very frustrating task since many employers, on advice of legal counsel, have a “no comment” policy that allows only verification of the most basic information such as job titles and the start and end dates and job titles of former employees, according to a ‘Special Report: Obtaining Employment References©.’ Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Teach Reference Checking and Education Verification at 2011 SHRM Annual Conference on June 29

Background check expert Lester Rosen, an Attorney at Law and President of nationwide background screening provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an educational session at the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification.’ The session will take place 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, follow this link. Continue reading

Legal Workforce Act of 2011 Would Make Use of E-Verify Mandatory for All US Employers

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

ESR President Lester Rosen to Present Session at 2011 SHRM Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 29

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

Job Applicants Need to Learn about Credit Report Checks for Employment Screening when Looking for Work

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