Some Studies Suggest Restricting Criminal Background Checks by Employers May Increase Unemployment Rates of Minorities

A letter from three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suggests a recent hearing held by the EEOC examining arrest and conviction records as a hiring barrier in which some panelists sought to limit – or in some cases eliminate – the ability of employers…

Two US Senators Voice Privacy Concerns Over Background Check Firm Storing Web Footprints of Consumers for Employment Screening

Concerned that social media background checks may invade the privacy of consumers and raise legal issues, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Al Franken (D-Minnesota) have sent a letter requesting information to an employment screening firm, Social Intelligence Corp., that locates, reviews, and stores data from the “Web and social media footprints” of consumers for up…

Webinar on Background Checks in California Shows Employers How to Legally Probe for Trouble Prone Job Applicants

Jared Callahan, a licensed Private Investigator and Director of Business Development for California-based nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be the guest speaker for the Employer Resource Institute webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: How to Legally Probe, Snoop, and Sniff Out Applicants Who Spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E’ on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from…

Jobseeker Reportedly Fakes Background Check for High School Coaching Job to Conceal Criminal Record

A story from the Providence (RI) Journal website Projo.com about a Rhode Island man reportedly faking a background check to conceal his criminal record so he could get hired as assistant coach of a girls’ High School volleyball team shows the lengths some jobseekers may go to conceal their criminal pasts during the hiring process. After attending practices…

Three Contestants Kicked Off Simon Cowell TV Show after Background Checks Reveal Criminal Pasts and Inconsistencies

According to reports from the British newspaper The Sun, Simon Cowell – famous for his role as a hard-to-please talent judge on the TV show ‘American Idol’ – has dropped three contestants from his British TV show ‘Red or Black?’ after performing criminal background checks on all contestants. The Sun reports two of the contestants…

Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen to Participate in Webinar on Legal Pitfalls of Pre-Employment Background Checks

To provide guidance to employers on the legal pitfalls of pre-employment background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, a safe hiring expert and CEO of accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will participate in a live 90-minute webinar titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening: Legal Pitfalls’ on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM…

Safe Hiring Expert Issues Public Comment for EEOC Meeting on Criminal Background Checks of Jobseekers as Hiring Barrier

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of nationwide background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), has submitted a letter for public comment to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the Government agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – after the Commission recently held a public meeting on July 26,…