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Social Networking Online Protection Act would Prevent Employers and Schools from Requiring Usernames and Passwords

Legislation currently in Congress – H. R. 537, the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) – would enhance social media privacy by protecting users of social networking sites from having to divulge personal information such as usernames and passwords to employers and schools. Re-introduced by Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), and Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY-11), SNOPA would protect employees, job applicants, students, and people facing disciplinary action from being required to give information used to access online accounts. The full text of the SNOPA legislation is available at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr537/text. Continue reading

Use of National Criminal Databases No Substitution for County Courthouse Searches during Real Background Checks

A background check tool currently touted to employers as a “national criminal database” search from data aggregators who advertise access to a nationwide database full of millions of criminal records from all states can create an impression that employers are gaining access to all of the nation’s criminal records in one search. However, nothing could be further from the truth, and an emerging trend has employers realizing “national” databases may not contain accurate or complete information and are only a research tool that should never be substituted for a real “hands on” county courthouse search for criminal records. This is Trend Number 8 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

ESR Integration with Oracle TBE Cloud Service Provides Automated Talent Management and Background Screening

Both talent management and background screening are quickly becoming more automated with technology. An Oracle Gold Partner, nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) now provides validated integrations of the Oracle Taleo Business Edition (TBE) Cloud ServiceTM to offer automated talent management solutions to businesses wanting to recruit, hire, train, and retain top talent. With the Oracle TBE Cloud Service integration with the ESR Applicant Generated ReportsSM (AGR) system, employers enjoy automated, paperless, and fully compliant background screening. The Oracle Gold Partner page for ESR is available at https://solutions.oracle.com/scwar/sc/Partner/SCPP-ESRCHECK.html. Continue reading

Background Checks Becoming Integrated with ATS and HRIS to Create One Stop Shop for Screening and Hiring

In today’s technology driven business world, employment background checks are quickly becoming integrated with Applicant Tracking System (ATS), Human Resources Information System (HRIS), and other systems to create a virtual “One-Stop Shop” for screening and hiring. This emerging trend of background checks becoming integrated with ATS, HRIS, and other systems should increase in the coming year. This is Trend Number 10 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

Best Companies to Work For in 2012 May Fail to Make Online Job Seekers Feel Welcome at Websites

Many employers ranking among Fortune’s list of ‘2012 Best Companies to Work For’ failed to make job seekers feel welcome at their websites due to needlessly complicated online applications, irrelevant questions, and ignored résumés, according to the results of the annual Mystery Job Seeking survey from staffing industry consulting firm CareerXRoads. The results of the August 2012 survey are available at: http://careerxroads.com/colloquium/files/2012%20Mystery%20Job%20Seeker.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Webinar Featuring Background Check Expert Scheduled for June 14

One of the premiere experts in the field of background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Seats to the complimentary webinar, which will provide participants a pathway to compliance with the new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance on the use of criminal records, may be reserved at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/781044434.

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Social Media Background Check Risks Explored in Webcast by Safe Hiring Expert

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webcast ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ for HR.com’s Institute for Human Resources (IHR) on Monday, February 27, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PT). To register for the event, visit: http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/webcasts/upcoming_webcasts/web-20-caution-using-social-networking-sites-and-s_gxdvyhqe.html. Continue reading

Social Media Background Screening Checks of Job Applicants Becoming More Prevalent and More Controversial

Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information about potential job applicants on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and so-called ‘social media background checks’ are becoming more popular and prevalent than ever. However, the use of social media background checks for job applicants has become controversial and can present legal risks. Failure to utilize social media resources can arguably be the basis of a negligent hiring claim if an unfit person was hired for a position where a search of the internet may have raised a “red flag.” Conversely, employers face numerous landmines and pitfalls that can include that include privacy, discrimination, and accuracy issues. Lawsuits and developments in this area will likely be an ongoing topic in 2012.  This is Trend Number 3 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

Social Media Screening Webinar Helps Employers and Recruiters Avoid Legal Landmines when Using Internet for Background Checks

Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information about potential job applicants on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. However, the use of these sites can present legal risks, including privacy and discrimination issues, according to safe hiring expert Les Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), who will present the 90 minute webinar ‘Avoiding Legal Landmines when Using Facebook, LinkedIn & Other Social Media Websites for Screening Candidates’ on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT. To learn more or to register, visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=00125651&priority=00295701745. Continue reading

Social Network Service Facebook Settles Federal Trade Commission Charges over Privacy Practices

According to a news release on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, social network service Facebook has agreed to settle FTC charges of failing to keep promises of privacy after the company “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.” The FTC’s eight-count complaint against Facebook – part of the agency’s ongoing effort to ensure companies live up to the privacy promises they make to American consumers – charged that the claims that Facebook made “were unfair and deceptive and thus violated federal law.” Continue reading