Background Check Industry Will Continue to Both Expand and Consolidate Simultaneously in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Judging by the number of background check firms being bought and sold in the past few years and the number of new start-ups entering the background check business, the screening industry will continue to both expand and consolidate simultaneously in 2016. This is the number 3 …

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Employers and Human Resources Will Be Bombarded with Meaningless Marketing Buzz around Supposed Disruptive Technology in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers and Human Resources (HR) professionals will be bombarded with meaningless marketing buzz offering new HR technology that promises to disrupt stodgy old industries and radically change outdated business models in 2016. However, these new techniques may largely be without substance. This is the number 4 …

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Background Screening Firms, Human Resources, and Employers Will Be Focused on Legal Compliance and Accuracy in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Due to increased pressure and scrutiny from both the federal government and private attorneys seeking multi-million dollar judgments, background screening firms, human resources (HR) professionals, and employers will be focused on legal compliance and accuracy issues in 2016. This is the number 5 trend selected by …

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Domestic Terrorist Attacks Will Put Social Media Background Checks in the National Spotlight in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Social media background checks that examine online postings by users of popular websites like Facebook and Twitter will be in the national spotlight in 2016 in the United States due to domestic terrorist attacks such as the tragic San Bernardino, California workplace shooting that left 14 people …

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Ban the Box Movement May Reach Tipping Point But Could Also Inadvertently Do More Harm than Good in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The fast spreading Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from job applications and delays such inquiries until later in the hiring process is gaining national acceptance and may reach a tipping point in 2016. However, Ban the Box laws that go too far could …

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Applicant Tracking Solutions Will Review Integrations with Screening Partners to Address Emerging Legal Risks in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Applicant Tracking Solutions (ATS) operators will review ATS integrations with their background screening partners to address emerging legal risks involving areas such as data breaches and litigation over consent forms in previously accepted processes and revise those integrations accordingly in 2016. This is the number 8 …

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Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Should Increase in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The shrinking workforce in the United States, decriminalization of nonviolent crimes, protections against liability for employers willing to hire applicants with criminal records, and the rapidly spreading “Ban the Box” movement will all combine to create more job opportunities for reformed ex-offenders in 2016. This is the …

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Privacy Concerns Will Loom Large Between EU and US in Terms of International Background Checks in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As a result of an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidating the “Safe Harbor” pact that allowed the transfer of personal data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.), privacy concerns will loom large between the EU and U.S. …

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Employment Screening Resources to Announce Annual Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global screening provider that enables employers to make informed hiring decisions quickly and easily, will announce the selection of the 9th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016’ by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen during the …

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ESR VP Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick to Speak at Recruiting Trends Conference 2015

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To alert recruiters about the dangers of using the Internet to recruit, Dawn Standerwick, Vice President Strategic Growth for Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the session “Legal Pitfalls and Minefields in the New Age of Recruiting” at the Recruiting Trends Conference 2015 on November 9, 2015, …

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