EEOC Reports Workplace Discrimination Charges Hit Record High of Nearly 100,000 in FY 2010

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor Private sector workplace discrimination charge filings with the federal U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) agency nationwide hit an unprecedented level of 99,922 during fiscal year (FY) 2010, according to an EEOC press release. The EEOC ended FY 2010 – October 1, 2009 to Sept. 30,…

Controversy over Whether Employers Using Credit Reports for Employment Screening is Discriminatory Increases

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor A great deal of misinformation about the basics of credit reports, background checks, and job hunting exists in the current economic climate. Most employers are not using credit reports to find ways to eliminate people from jobs. A background check that includes…

Florida Governor Signs Executive Order Requiring State Agencies to Use E-Verify

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor Shortly after being sworn-in, new Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order No. 11-02 (Verification of Employment Status) that requires state agencies to use the E-verify system to verify legal immigration status of workers and check whether all current and prospective agency employees are legally authorized to…

Jobs Report Shows Employment Increased By More Than 100,000 Jobs in December 2010

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor The U.S. economy continued its slow recovery in December 2010 as nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent during the month, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION —…

Questions about Criminal Records of Job Applicants Become More Difficult for Employers to Ask

by Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor Employers have become increasingly aware of the importance of knowing if a job applicant has a criminal record since they have a legal duty to make reasonable inquiries about who they hire in order to provide a safe workplace. An employer…

Provider Fined $376,000 in Case Showing Need for Extensive Nursing Home Employee Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor An Indiana provider has been hit with $376,000 in penalties – which Indiana officials call one of the biggest fines of its kind – for employing several individuals at nursing homes who either had been convicted of criminal offenses or stripped of their licenses. According to a news report, the…

Experts Reveal Best Practices for Running Credit Checks during Employment Screening

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A recent article from Inc.com, ‘How to Run a Credit Check,’ reveals best practices from experts for every step of the credit check process during employment screening so that employers may check the financial stability of potential employees. According to the Inc.com article, employers using credit…