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Technology will continue to decrease time and effort needed for background checks in 2014. In the coming year, employers can expect to see even more robust Applicant Generated Report (AGR) systems where applicants perform the data entry and also integration with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) where employers can simply click a button and be done.  This is Trend Number Ten of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit

Background checks have evolved from a paper based task to an online process that can be done very quickly and efficiently utilizing much less employer time and effort.  New technology is speeding up turnaround time although employers do need to be on the alert that short cuts are not being taken that potentially leaves them exposed, such a screening firm “screen scraping” data from a court web site that is not accurate and up to date.  In today’s technology driven business world, background checks are quickly becoming integrated with ATS to create a virtual “One-Stop Shop” for screening and hiring.

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 data entry, along with an electronic signature (or “e-signature”). Today the best practice has become seamless integration with systems that allow employers to initiate the background check with the click of a mouse and send an email to applicants to start the screening process.

Each of the top background check trends is carefully selected after closely reviewing developments from various sources regarding employment background checks. These sources of information include: News reports about the screening industry; Evolving hiring practices and demographics; Legal cases concerning background checks; Advancements in background check technology; New government regulations for screening at the federal and state level, and; Questions and concerns raised by employers, recruiters, human resources professionals, and security regarding background checks.

Compliance with laws that govern the background check process can be confusing at best but technology is helping. ESR Assured Compliance® – only from Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – makes compliance easy through the fully automated ESR Applicant Generated Report® (AGR) system that is constantly updated with required changes in hiring and employment laws. This makes compliance with new regulations virtually painless in a totally paperless environment. For more information about ESR Assured Compliance®, visit

About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR):

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Les RosenFounded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in the San Francisco, CA-area in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’– 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, call toll free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].