Continual Employment Screening Background Checks on Current Employees Carries Risks

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President In a recent blog on ‘Background Checks: Trends and Legal Issues’ on HR Toolbox by background check expert and Attorney at Law Lester Rosen, the verdict on whether or not the advantages of periodic background checks of current employees outweigh the disadvantages is: “the jury is still out.”…

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Comments on Evolving Background Check Industry in HR Magazine Article

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor According to background check expert Lester Rosen, while the background check industry is still fragmented, he notes in an article about pre-employment background checks in HR Magazine that some consolidation has occurred and that he expects consolidation in the industry to continue with two background check…

Background Checks Possible Alternative to Invasive Transportation Security Agency (TSA) Screening at Airports

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor   A blog on Politico.com titled ‘Alternative to TSA pat-downs: More background checks’ proposes that if Americans don’t like the invasive techniques used by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to improve air travel security – such as full-body scans that can penetrate clothing and “enhanced” pat-downs…

Background Checks of Coaches, Officials, and Volunteers at Youth Groups Help Protect Children

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor A recent news story on Star-Telegram.com, the website of the Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram newspaper, shows the importance of background checks for people who work closely with youths and other “at-risk” groups.  While coaches and officials with youth sports groups are entrusted to watch over children and serve as…

Federal Court Rules Unnecessary Repetition of Single Criminal Incident can be Misleading and be the Basis of an Allegation for Punitive Damages Against Background Screening Firm

A case decided by a federal district court demonstrates the need for background screening firms to exercise reasonable procedures for maximum possible accuracy in order to avoid lawsuits for punitive damages.  In that case, the plaintiff alleged among other things that his background report unnecessarily repeated information about a single criminal incident multiple times, so…

Connecticut Receiving $2 Million in Federal Funds for Caregiver Background Checks to Protect Elderly and Disabled

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has announced that the state is receiving a $2 million federal health care grant to design a comprehensive caregiver background check program for employees of nursing homes and other long-term care agencies to further strengthen protections for elderly and disabled residents. According to a…

EEOC Public Meeting Explores Use of Credit Histories of Job Applicants for Employment Background Screening

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a press release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC held a public Commission meeting on Wednesday, October 20 to hear testimony from representatives of various groups, social scientists, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the growing use of credit histories of job…

New Research Finds Companies Using Employment Background Screening Experience 60 Percent Better Quality of Hire Compared to Companies without Screening

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A recently published new study on employment background screening has found that organizations using automated tools for background checking, employment and education verification, and reference checking experienced 60 percent better quality of hire compared to those without employment background screening solutions in place. The new report from Aberdeen Group,…