The Electronic Security Association (ESA) is asking its members to take an active role in making the industry safer by supporting background check legislation. Traditionally, the government has allowed various industries – including banks, credit unions and private security firms – access to utilize the FBI’s database for criminal background checks of potential employees. But electronic security companies are not afforded that same level of access.
That’s why ESA has endorsed S. 1319, the “Electronic Life Safety and Security Systems Federal Background Check Act,” which was introduced in the U.S. Senate on June 30 by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The bill would permit industry companies to access the FBI database for hiring purposes, and also would direct the Attorney General to work with ESA to establish a nationwide system of criminal background checks for employers and employees at electronic security industry companies. ESA Government Relations Director John Chwat says what is needed now is contact from ESA members and other industry professionals to their Senators.