Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) Will Continue to Strengthen Professionalism of Background Screeners

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) will continue to strengthen the professionalism of background screeners in the United States with a strict and thorough set of professional standards of specified requirements and measurements for accreditation, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2021 compiled by leading …

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“Gig Economy” Businesses Will Continue to Try to Build Consumer Trust Through Their Background Screening Programs

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) “Gig economy” businesses that use online applications or “apps” to facilitate on-demand services for consumers that are provided by relative strangers in an extended workforce will continue to try to build trust with consumers through their background screening programs, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for …

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Employers with International Background Screening Programs Will Continue to Expect Greater Proficiencies and Features

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employers with International background screening programs will continue to expect greater proficiencies and features from their background screening providers such as multilingual capabilities and a candidate experience that is not U.S. centric but geographically appropriate, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2021 compiled by leading …

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Government Agencies Will Increase Scrutiny on How Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Used in Background Screening

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Government agencies in the United States such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will increase scrutiny on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used in background screening, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for …

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“Ban the Box” Laws and Second Chance Programs that Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Will Continue to Evolve

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) “Ban the Box” laws and Second Chance Programs that help allow ex-offenders in the United States with a prior criminal record – an estimated 70 million people or nearly one in three U.S. adults – an opportunity to find work after leaving prison will continue to evolve, according to …

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Continuous Screening Will Become More Widely Adopted But Employers Must Consider Certain Factors Before Implementation

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) A new and evolving practice called “Continuous Screening” where periodic background checks are conducted on employees and independent contractors will become more widely adopted but employers should consider certain factors before implementing the practice, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2021 compiled by leading global …

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False EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Participation Claims Will Still Be Investigated Despite Invalidation of Framework

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will continue to investigate companies that falsely claim participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework that allows the transfer of data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.) despite the invalidation of the framework, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background …

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EEOC Unveils New Webpage Explaining Systemic Discrimination Enforcement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) unveiled a new webpage on its website – “Systemic Enforcement at the EEOC” – that explains the use of administrative and litigation tools used to identify and pursue systemic discriminatory practices, according to an EEOC press …

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Most HR Leaders Will Allow Remote Workers After COVID-19 Vaccine Available

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nine out of ten Human Resources leaders will allow employees to work remotely after a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is widely adopted, according to a December 2020 survey by global research and advisory firm Gartner. Sixty-five percent of organizations reported they would continue to offer employees flexibility on …

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December 2020 Jobs Report Shows 140,000 Jobs Lost as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Total nonfarm employment in the United States declined by 140,000 jobs while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in December 2020, reflecting the recent increase in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and efforts to contain the pandemic, according to the jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor …

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