New Class Action Lawsuit against Major Financial Institution for FCRA Violations Demonstrates Importance of Legal Compliance

A class action case filed against a large financial institution – one of the nation’s top 10 banks – shows once again that legal compliance is a critical part of any background screening program.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an employee alleging violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). According to…

E-Verify Bill for Kentucky Businesses Prefiled for 2012 Legislative Session

Kentucky Representative Stan Lee (R-Lexington – 45th District) has announced in a press release that he is pre-filing legislation for the 2012 Legislative session that if passed would require companies doing business in Kentucky to use the E-verify electronic employment eligibility verification system to check the work authorization status of their workers or otherwise risk…

White House Releases Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in US

The first U.S. Government strategy and implementation plan to address ideologically-inspired violent extremism in the Homeland, the White House recently released the ‘STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR EMPOWERING LOCAL PARTNERS TO PREVENT VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN THE UNITED STATES’ that will serve as a blueprint for how the Administration will implement the Domestic Strategy on Countering Violent…

Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination during Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Process

In another example of just how carefully the U.S. government is examining the process employers in America use when checking the work authorization status of newly hired employees, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center during the employment eligibility verification (Form I-9)…

Social Media Screening Webinar Helps Employers and Recruiters Avoid Legal Landmines when Using Internet for Background Checks

Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information about potential job applicants on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. However, the use of these sites can present legal risks, including privacy and discrimination issues, according to safe hiring expert Les Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), who will present…

New Research Reveals Warning Signs of Intellectual Property Theft Committed by Corporate Insiders

Corporate insider intellectual property (IP) thieves are usually males under 40 holding technical positions, have a new job ready at the time of the theft, and steal information they were authorized to access, according to the findings of a new report “Behavioral Risk Indicators of Malicious Insider Theft of Intellectual Property: Misreading the Writing on…

Failed Background Check Denied Accused Sex Abuser in Penn State Scandal Volunteer Coaching Job in 2010

In a story first reported by WHP-TV CBS Channel 21 News in South Central Pennsylvania, Jerry Sandusky – the former Penn State University assistant football coach currently charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse in a Grand Jury Presentment (WARNING: Graphic Material) – failed a background check for a volunteer football coaching position at Juniata…

NCHRA Seminar Showing Employers How to Legally Conduct Background Checks Scheduled for December 7

Attorney and safe hiring expert Les Rosen, founder and CEO of nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a seminar titled “Conducting Background Checks Thoroughly and Legally” for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM Pacific Time at the NCHRA Training Center at…

November 2011 Jobs Report Shows Employment Rose by 120000 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Fell Under 9 Percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November 2011 as employment continued to trend up in retail trade, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – NOVEMBER 2011’ from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor…