Society for Human Resource Management Issues Statement on the Use of Criminal Background Checks

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management representing more than 250,000 members in 140 countries, has issued a statement on the use of criminal background checks in response to a new study by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) that recommends reforming criminal background checks used…

NELP Study Recommends Reforming Employment Background Checks since Over 1 in 4 Adult Americans have Criminal Records

According to a new study by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), since nearly 65 million people in the United States – more than one in four adults – are estimated to have criminal records, employers that use criminal background checks for employment to shut out job applicants with criminal records without considering how long ago the offense occurred,…

Background Check Myths Exposed by Safe Hiring Expert at 2011 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference

Attorney, author, and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen – founder and President of San Francisco, California-area a background check provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – exposed the leading myths associated with employment screening background checks to an audience this week at the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington,…

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…