International Background Screening White Paper Helps US Employers Meet Challenges of Conducting Background Checks in Foreign Countries

U.S. employers face many challenges when conducting background checks on workers who have lived, worked, or studied in foreign countries, according to a new white paper titled ‘Introduction to International Background Screening’ just released by Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a San Francisco, CA-area background screening provider accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners…

Bill Introduced in Congress Would Make Use of E-Verify Permanent and Mandatory for U.S. Employers

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would make the use of E-Verify – a free, web-based, government run electronic employment eligibility verification system – “permanent and mandatory” for all employers in the United States and also provide for penalties for businesses employing illegal workers not authorized to be employed in the United…

Rise in Resume Fraud by Job Applicants in China Demonstrates Need for International Background Screening

The need for international background screening – where firms provide employers with criminal background checks, past employment and education verifications, and reference checks on people who have spent time outside the U.S. – has been demonstrated by a recent report on the rise in fraudulent and dishonest claims in resumes by job applicants in China.

ACLU Calls Background Checks Asking for Social Network Passwords of Job Applicants Illegal Invasion of Privacy

Should employers be allowed to ask job applicants for the logins and passwords to their social network site profiles such as Facebook as part of employment background checks? The answer to this question may involve the next frontier of online privacy, suggests the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), after the Maryland Department of Corrections (DOC) asked a…

EEOC Examines Practice of Employers Excluding Unemployed Job Applicants from Job Vacancies

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 to examine the practice by employers of considering only those currently employed for job vacancies and excluding currently unemployed persons from job applicant pools, including in job announcements, and also to hear from invited panelists on the potential impact…

Survey Reveals More than Half of Consumers Want to Ban Credit Report Checks by Employers

More than half of consumers approve of the idea of banning the use of job applicant credit reports by employers for employment screening, according to a recent survey. A telephone poll survey conducted for Credit.com by GfK Custom Research North America from January 14, 2011 to January 16, 2011 interviewed 1,004 consumers about: Employers have…

Court Rules Staffing Firm that Outsources Background Checks Cannot be Sued Under FCRA

By Lester Rosen, Attorney and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) A staffing firm that places individuals in temporary positions with independent employers cannot be sued under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when a background check firm hired by the staffing firm delivers a background check report that is inaccurate or erroneous.  In…