In today’s technology driven business world, employment background checks are quickly becoming integrated with Applicant Tracking System (ATS), Human Resources Information System (HRIS), and other systems to create a virtual “One-Stop Shop” for screening and hiring. This emerging trend of background checks becoming integrated with ATS, HRIS, and other systems should increase in the coming year. This is Trend Number 10 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at Background checks in the 21st century are becoming more automated with technology. In the early days of background screening, employers needed to fax an applicant’s consent form and order form to a screening firm. The next advancement was the availability of online programs where an employer could do their own data entry online. The next evolution was the ability for an employer to have applicants perform the data entry, along with an electronic signature (or “e-signature”). The best practice today has become seamless integration with ATS or HRIS systems that allow an employer to initiate the background check with the click of a mouse, sending an email to the applicant to start the process. Added to that is the ability to have built-in legal compliance. New background check tools that are fast, easy to use, and fully compliant can easily integrate with Human Resources (HR) programs so businesses can manage the hiring process more effectively. These mostly cloud-based Software as a Service (SAAS) applications integrate with the ATS and HRIS of employers to help attract, recruit, hire, and retain top talent and to streamline operations for every talent management process as well as improve performance and productivity. With regard to background screening, these tools allow employers to quickly and easily integrate recruitment efforts with online job boards, automate hiring processes, and maintain compliance requirements. With an AGR system, jobs applicants complete consent and authorization forms online by entering their personal information directly into the system, which increases accuracy by eliminating errors that occur when data is re-entered by the employer’s staff. Employment Screening Resources (ESR), for example, can enable employers to do background checks with a click of the mouse through the ESR Applicant Generated ReportsSM (AGR) system and the ESR Assured ComplianceSM system. ESR Assured Compliance – only from Employment Screening Resources – makes compliance easy with our fully automated Applicant Generated Report (AGR) system updated with changes in hiring and employment laws. ESR Assured Compliance offers paperless online automated solutions, manages all aspects of federal and state specific notices and disclosures, provides applicants copies for their records, and creates an electronic audit trail of compliance. For more information, visit The ESR Applicant Generated Reports (AGR) system offers seamless integration and convenient paperless solutions for the collection of all information for candidate screening. The ESR AGR system features “Mouse Driven” E-signatures and eliminates error prone manual data entry, paper based applicant release forms, and concerns about collecting dates of birth or Social Security numbers (SSNs). For an overview of the ESR AGR system, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – is a nationwide background check firm located in the San Francisco, California-area that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). For more information about ESR, visit or call toll free 888.999.4474. The 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ list is available at More information about these trends is available in the updated 2nd Edition of “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. For more information, visit About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more about ESR, visit or call toll free 888.999.4474. About ESR News: The Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News blog – ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected]. To subscribe to the ESR News Blog Feed, visit To subscribe to the complimentary ESRcheck Report monthly newsletter, please visit]]>


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