Cleveland Bans the Box from City Job Applications Asking Applicants about Felony Criminal Convictions

In an effort to provide fair employment opportunities for ex-convicts, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson has “banned the box” from City of Cleveland job and civil service testing applications by removing the checkbox used by job applicants to indicate whether or not they have felony convictions, according to a press release on the city’s website. …

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State Audit Reveals Gaps in Criminal Records Database Affect Background Checks in Texas

A new state audit in Texas has revealed that gaps in the state’s criminal records database may cause criminal background checks used to screen job applicants – including teachers, doctors, nurses and daycare employees – to fail to uncover arrest records, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The audit also found that the state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) …

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SHRM Study Finds More than Half of Employers Favor Drug Testing Job Applicants

A recently released study examining the use of drug testing programs by employers conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and commissioned by the Drug and Alcohol Testing Association (DATIA) found that more than half of employers (57 percent) conduct drug tests on all job candidates.

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Sentenced Man Accused of Conducting Background Checks for Drug Trafficking Organization

While the practice of employers in most industries performing background checks on job applicants is common these days, just how prevalent employment background screening has become is evidenced by a story from KRGV ABC Channel 5 News in Rio Grande Valley, Texas in which an Edinburg, TX man was accused of conducting background checks for …

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Nationwide Background Check Company Employment Screening Resources Expands Management Team

Background Screening Industry Veteran Brad Landin Named President while Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Founder Attorney Les Rosen Retains Title of CEO. Novato, CA — Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area and accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), has expanded its management team …

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Some Studies Suggest Restricting Criminal Background Checks by Employers May Increase Unemployment Rates of Minorities

A letter from three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suggests a recent hearing held by the EEOC examining arrest and conviction records as a hiring barrier in which some panelists sought to limit – or in some cases eliminate – the ability of employers …

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250,000 Petition Signatures Delivered to Congress in Support of Legislation Ending Discrimination against Unemployed Job Seekers

A quarter of a million petition signatures gathered in an online campaign urging major job websites to stop posting ads online specifically excluding unemployed job seekers were delivered to Congress Wednesday in support of legislation – the ‘Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011’ (S. 1471)   – that would end the practice by employers, recruiters, and …

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Two US Senators Voice Privacy Concerns Over Background Check Firm Storing Web Footprints of Consumers for Employment Screening

Concerned that social media background checks may invade the privacy of consumers and raise legal issues, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Al Franken (D-Minnesota) have sent a letter requesting information to an employment screening firm, Social Intelligence Corp., that locates, reviews, and stores data from the “Web and social media footprints” of consumers for up …

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Webinar on Background Checks in California Shows Employers How to Legally Probe for Trouble Prone Job Applicants

Jared Callahan, a licensed Private Investigator and Director of Business Development for California-based nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be the guest speaker for the Employer Resource Institute webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: How to Legally Probe, Snoop, and Sniff Out Applicants Who Spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E’ on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from …

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California May Restrict Use of E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System with Employment Acceleration Act

Going against a national trend of some U.S. cities and states requiring the use of the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system, California may restrict the use of E-Verify under the Employment Acceleration Act, according to a report ‘State poised to restrict use of E-Verify database’ from California Watch. The act would not allow …

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