New York Raising Fees for Statewide Criminal History Record Searches Effective July 1

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA), which provides a New York Statewide Criminal History Record Search (CHRS), will raise fees for each CHRS to $65.00 from $55.00 effective July 1, 2010, according to information on NYCourts.gov. As explained on NYCourts.gov, the OCA’s CHRS criteria “is strictly…

Kroll to Be Sold by Marsh & McLennan to Altegrity

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal on WSJ.com, insurance conglomerate Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. has agreed to sell its corporate-intelligence unit Kroll to global security firm Altegrity Inc. for $1.13 billion. Altegrity started in 1996 as U.S. Investigations Services (U.S.I.S.) when the government privatized the business of security clearance background investigations,…

County in Washington to Require E-Verify Use for Contractors

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR NEWS Staff Writer According to a report on TDN.com, (The Daily News Online), officials in Lewis County, Washington have approved a resolution requiring all contractors hired by the county for $100,000 or above to verify the employment eligibility of their workers through the government’s E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification system. E-Verify —…

Employment Screening Expert Lester Rosen to Present Session on Background Checks at SHRM Annual Conference

By ESR News Staff Employment Screening Expert Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading employment screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, will present a session on background checks at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 30, 2010, in San Diego, California. The annual event — the world’s largest human resources…

Letter Claims Minnesota Case Illustrates National Problem with Background Checks for Child Care Providers

by Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer A letter to Austin (MN) Daily Herald sheds light on a national problem of lack of background checks for child care providers, so claims the author. In her letter, Linda K. Smith, Executive Director, National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, was “deeply troubled” after reading…