Tag Archives: Trends

Several US States Now have Laws Regulating Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

A number of U.S. states have either passed, or are considering passing, laws regulating credit reports used by employers for employment purposes. Most recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 22 into law that prohibits employers or prospective employers in California, with the exception of certain financial institutions, from obtaining consumer credit reports for employment purposes beginning on January 1, 2012. Here is a summary of the seven states – California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington – that currently have laws regulating credit report use by employers. Continue reading

Audio Conference Examines Legal Line Walked When Using Internet to Recruit and Screen Job Applicants

To help employers and recruiters better understand the legal risks of using the Internet for recruiting and screening job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! The Legal Line You Walk When Using Social Media and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time). For more information, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Web-20-Caution-Using-Social-Networking-Sites-and-Search-Engines-to-Recruit-and-Screen-Applicants-98/. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Les Rosen to Review Top Background Check Trends at San Francisco HR Star Conference

To help Human Resources professionals avoid the cost in time and money of bad hires, safe hiring expert Les Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a background check company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), will review ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2011 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ at the 2011 San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the South San Francisco Conference Center in San Francisco, California. For more information or to register for the event, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

Using Criminal Records and Credit Reports for Screening

What are the practical and legal considerations for employers that use criminal records and credit reports for applicant selection? This is the fifth and final installment of the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number two trend, using criminal records, and the number one top ranked background check trend of the year, the use of job applicant credit reports. To view previous installments of the 2011 ESR Background Check Trends Review, visit Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

  • Number 2 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Questions about Criminal Records of Job Applicants Become More Difficult for Employers to Ask.
  • Number 1 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Controversy over Whether Employers Using Credit Reports for Employment Screening is Discriminatory Increases.

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Part 4 of 2011 ESR Background Check Trends Review: Temporary Worker Screening and Cheap Online Database Checks

The fourth of five installments of the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number four trend, screening temp workers, and the number three ranked background check trend of the year, the use of fast and cheap online checks. To view previous installments of the ESR Background Check Trends of 2011 Review, visit Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

  • Number 4 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Background Checks of Temporary Workers Cause for Concern for Employers as Hiring Increases.
  • Number 3 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Employers Discover Fast and Cheap Online Background Checks Using Criminal Databases Not Always Accurate or Legal.

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Part 3 of 2011 ESR Background Check Trends Review: Social Network Checks and International Screening

The third of five installments of the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number six trend, using social network sites for screening, and the number five ranked background check trend of the year, international background screening. The see previous installments of the ESR Background Check Trends of 2011 Review, visit Part 1 and Part 2.

  • Number 6 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Using Social Network Sites Such as Facebook to Screen Job Candidates Increases Legal Risk for Employers.
  • Number 5 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: International Background Screening More Necessary Due to Mobility of Workers in Global Economy.

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Part 2 of 2011 ESR Background Check Trends Review: Offshoring PII and Workplace Violence Prevention

The second of five installments of the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number eight trend, offshoring Personally Identifiable Information (PII) outside the U.S., and the number seven ranked background check trend of the year, workplace violence prevention. To view previous installments of the ESR Background Check Trends of 2011 Review, visit Part 1.

  • Number 8 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Increased Privacy Concerns Over Offshoring of Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
  • Number 7 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: More Workplace Violence Prevention Education Helps Protect Employers and Employees.

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Part 1 of 2011 ESR Background Check Trends Review: Accreditation Standards and E-Verify and I-9 Audits

With half of 2011 over, the time is right to revisit predictions about the background check industry made six months ago at the start of the year. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – compiles an annual list of top background check trends as predicted by ESR’s founder and President Lester Rosen. The first of five installments of The Top 10 ESR Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number ten trend, new accreditation standards, and the number nine trend of the year, E-Verify and I-9 audits. For the other installments of the 2011 ESR Background Check Trends Review, visit Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

  • Number 10 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: New Accreditation Standards Help Employers Select Background Screening Firms.
  • Number 9 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: E-Verify and I-9 Audits Help Government Find Employers with Illegal Workers.

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Safe Hiring Expert Reviews Top Ten Trends for Background Checks at IHR Virtual Conference on June 13

To assist Human Resources professionals develop best practices for background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, noted safe hiring expert and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2011 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Monday, June 13 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM ET at the Online Staffing and Sourcing virtual conference presented by the Institute for Human Resources (IHR), the certification and accreditation arm of HR.com. To register for the event, visit the IHR Online Staffing and Sourcing Virtual Conference page at HR.com. Continue reading

Many US States Considering Bills Limiting Use of Credit Reports for Employment Screening Background Checks

While only four U.S. states – Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and most recently Illinois – currently have laws limiting or prohibiting credit checks by employers on job applicants and employees, lawmakers in many U.S. states are currently proposing legislation restricting the use of credit reports for employment screening background checks.

In all, lawmakers in 18 U.S. states are considering bills that limit the use of credit report data for employment screening. These states include: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont. Continue reading