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Michigan Courthouse Shooter with Criminal Record Passed Background Checks as School Volunteer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In a story that shows “how” background checks are performed is just as important as “if” they are performed, an inmate who shot and killed two bailiffs and wounded two others during an escape attempt at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan on July 11, 2016, was also a volunteer at a nearby elementary school where he passed two background checks that did not uncover his long criminal record, the WZZM Channel 13 Watchdog Team reports. Continue reading

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from access to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) sex offender background checks on employees and volunteers, according to a press release on Senator Schumer’s website. Continue reading

New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies Background Check Clearances

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1276 to help clarify the state’s new law regarding background check clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children. A copy of Pennsylvania HB 1276, which takes effect immediately, is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/PennsylvaniaHouseBill1276.pdf. Continue reading

New California Law Creates Consistent Criminal Background Check Policy for Volunteer Coaches in Youth Sports

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law – Assembly Bill 465 (AB 465) – to help protect children who participate in community youth athletic programs from sexually abusive and violent individuals by creating a consistent criminal background check policy across the state for volunteer coaches in youth sports. A report in the Contra Costa (CA) Times about the signing of AB 465 is available at http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23949088/governor-signs-bill-authorizing-criminal-background-checks-volunteer. Continue reading

Rhode Island to Require State Background Checks for School Volunteers

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation requiring school volunteers in Rhode Island to undergo a state criminal background check, according to a report by the Providence Journal available at http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2013/05/chafee-signs-bill-requiring-background-checks-for-school-volunteersready.html. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Partners with GuideOne Insurance SafeChurch Program to Provide Discounted Background Checks

NOVATO, CA – December 17, 2012—Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm, is pleased to announce a partnership with the GuideOne Insurance SafeChurch® program, a comprehensive church risk management resource, to offer discounted background check services and expert advice in implementing screening programs to SafeChurch members. For more information about background checks from Employment Screening Resources (ESR) for SafeChurch members, call Toll Free 888-999-4474 or visit https://www.safechurch.com/Pages/bgchecks.aspx. Continue reading

Lack of Criminal Background Checks by National Youth Organization Led To Alleged Sexual Abuse of Youths

The refusal of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to conduct criminal background checks on all volunteers until 2008 allowed convicted child sex offenders to join the organization and led to a significant amount of alleged sexual abuse of youths, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of confidential BSA files. Full LA Times coverage of recently released BSA files from 1970 to 1991 that document hundreds of allegations of sexual misconduct is available at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/boyscouts. Continue reading

Amateur Athletic Union Background Checks Find 150 Adult Participants Could Be Potential Threat to Children

 The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) – one of the largest non-profit and volunteer sports organizations in the United States – said in a statement that background checks of 27,000 adult participants between September 1 and October 15, 2012 found 150 adults with issues “that could prove to be problematic for AAU membership.” The AAU is performing background checks on more than 100,000 coaches, adult athletes, volunteers, and staff to identify potential threats to child athletes including pedophiles and people convicted of drug offenses.  A story from BloombergBusinessweek concerning the AAU statement is available at: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-23/aau-check-finds-150-adults-potentially-threatening-to-children. Continue reading

AAU Implements Background Check Program for Staff and Volunteers to Ensure Safety of Youth Athletes

The national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has released a comprehensive report from two independent task forces – ‘Recommendations to the Amateur Athletic Union from the Youth Protections and Adult/Volunteer Screening Task Forces’ – and announced actions to implement steps to protect the well being of hundreds of thousands of young athletes that include requiring that all adults involved in AAU activities – including coaches, staff, and volunteers – undergo detailed background checks, according to an AAU press release. The full 31-page report is available at http://image.aausports.org/dnn/pdf/TFreportfinal.pdf. Continue reading

Oregon Criminal Background Check Legislation HB 4091 Passes House and Heads to Senate

The Oregon House recently passed legislation, House Bill 4091 (HB 4091), aimed at removing redundancies, inconsistencies, and holes in Oregon’s systems of criminal background checks and the bill now moves to the Oregon Senate for consideration, according to a news release from the House Democratic Caucus. If passed, HB 4091 would make criminal background checks easier and less costly to track and maintain for volunteers and employees in human service and education positions and would also attempt to make background checks more usable across agencies. Continue reading