Audit Finds No Background Checks for Many Licensed Counselors in Louisiana

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In November of 2021, a performance audit report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor for the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners (LPCBE) revealed that 3,627 out of 5,223 current licensed professional counselors in the state – nearly 70 percent – had not received background checks …

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Florida Bill Requires Background Checks for Apartment Building Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 12, 2021, Florida State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) filed Senate Bill 898 (SB 898) – also known as “Miya’s Law” – to improve tenant safety in apartments by requiring landlords to conduct background checks on all apartment building employees, according to a press release from …

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School Allegedly Rehired Employee Who Previously Failed Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) Public Schools district has claimed that the operator of a charter school allegedly rehired an employee who previously failed a background check months after an investigation of the same school supposedly found forged employee background checks, according to a report from The …

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Michigan Bill Requires DOB on Court Records to Help Background Check Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 5, 2021, House Bill 5368 was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives and would require date of birth (DOB) to be included in publicly accessible personal identifying information (PII) on court records to ensure background check firms may continue to report criminal records to …

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Safe Hiring Expert Suggests HR Professionals Use Criminal Records Carefully

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), was asked to share the best steps for Human Resources (HR) professionals to take back to workplaces following his appearance at the 2021 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Expo. …

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Audit Finds Massachusetts Failed to Perform Background Checks for Licensure

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An “Audit of the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)” by the Office of the State Auditor in Massachusetts showed that the inadequacy and unreliability of DPL’s data meant that neither the agency nor the Auditor’s Office could determine how many professionals were licensed without undergoing the required …

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Audit Finds Arizona Criminal Record Database Flaws May Put Public at Risk

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “A Performance Audit of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Central Repository of Criminal History Records” found the Department and criminal justice agencies share statutory responsibility for ensuring the repository includes accurate criminal history records, but incomplete records may potentially put public safety at risk. “As of …

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Michigan Will Allow for Expungement of Certain Drunk Driving Convictions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 23, 2021, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bills 4219 and 4220 to allow for the expungement of convictions for a first violation of operating while intoxicated (OWI) in certain cases to give non-repeat OWI offenders the opportunity for a second chance at a clean …

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Background Check Expert to Present Webinar About Using Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Dawn Standerwick, Vice President of Strategic Growth of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar entitled “Legally Obtaining and Using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and Ban the Box” on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to …

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Louisiana Law Affects Employers Conducting Background Checks on Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The state of Louisiana has passed a law – Act No. 406 (HB 707) – that affects businesses conducting background checks on applicants before offering them a job by prohibiting employers from requesting or considering an arrest record or charge that did not result in a conviction …

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