New Massachusetts Law Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Starting November 4, 2010, employers in Massachusetts will no longer be able to ask about convictions on “initial” job applications after Governor Deval Patrick signed into law new legislation prohibiting employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which includes criminal charges, arrests,…

Credit Checks More Common During Employment Background Checks But Are They Always Necessary?

MSNBC Article Quotes Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer According to a recent article on MSNBC — Job Candidates Undergoing Credit Scrutiny — applicants applying for jobs these days can expect prospective employers to verify resume information, contact references, possibly do a criminal background check, and even be…

ESR Releases Free Online Structured Interview Generator Tool Available to Employers, Recruiters and Human Resources

By Lester Rosen, ESR President (Originally posted on HR.Tolbox.com) A new free online tool allows employers to easily create custom interview guides with an interview generator form. One of the problems that face employers of all sizes is preparing for interviews. Most recruiters, human resources professionals and hiring managers are now familiar with the notion…

Adverse Action Letters under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Employment Screening Background Checks

By Lester Rosen, ESR President From the ESR mail box: Here is a frequently asked question dealing with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the pre-adverse and post-adverse action notices.  Suppose an employer has two finalists for one position. The employer submits both names for background checks and both candidates have clear background…