National Association of Professional Background Screeners Responds to NBC Today Show Report on Background Checks

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Chairman Fred Giles has called an NBC Today Show report about pre-employment background checks and how background check firms make errors that mistake innocent people for criminals causing them to lose jobs “misleading” as well as “potentially dangerous.” The full NAPBS statement from Chairman Fred Giles about …

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Marijuana Legalization Legislation Passed in Colorado and Washington Could Affect Workplace Drug Testing

Legislation legalizing recreational marijuana use that passed in two states on Election Day November 6, 2012 – Colorado Amendment 64 and Washington Initiative 502 – would legalize and regulate production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for persons age 21 and older and could affect drug testing by employers in the workplace, according to the eNewsletter …

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Security Industry Association Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan Senate Bills that Weaken Background Checks

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has sent a letter of opposition to Michigan Statehouse leadership strongly urging the defeat of Senate Bill 1291 (SB 1291) and Senate Bill 1292 (SB 1292), the “Internet Protocol-Enabled Premises Security, Monitoring, and Control Act” and amendments to “Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.” According to the SIA letter, …

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Election 2012 Finds Nearly 6 Million Americans with Felony Convictions Unable To Vote

Most American adults are urged to vote on Election Day. However, many U.S. citizens are unable to vote. Approximately 5.8 million Americans have lost their right to vote in the 2012 Election due to a felony conviction and four states – Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, and Virginia – permanently disenfranchise ex-felons, according to the civil rights …

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California Background Checks Discussed by Safe Hiring Expert in Live Webinar on November 14

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Know the Rules of the Road Before Getting on the Freeway’ with HR Hero® on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To …

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October 2012 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows 171000 Jobs Added

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000 jobs in October 2012 while the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — OCTOBER 2012’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which also found that Hurricane Sandy “had no discernible effect on the employment and …

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October 2012 ADP National Employment Report Shows Increase of 158000 Private Sector Jobs in US

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 158,000 jobs from September 2012 to October 2012 led by a gain of 81,000 jobs in large businesses with 500 or more employees, according to the October 2012 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). More information about the October 2012 ADP National Employment …

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Begins Accepting Credit Reporting Complaints from Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has begun to accept consumer complaints about credit reporting, marking the first time consumers will receive individual-level credit reporting complaint assistance at the federal level. The CFPB already handles complaints on credit cards, mortgages, bank accounts, and consumer and private student loans. To file a credit reporting complaint, consumers …

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Hurricane Sandy Closes Multiple USCIS Offices for Tuesday October 30

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sent a bulletin that states several offices will be closed or open late on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy, a “superstorm” that has battered the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to New England with flooding, high winds, and downed trees and has left more than 30 …

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Hurricane Sandy Super Storm Closes Courts on Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts

Many courts near the U.S. Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts will be closed Monday, October 29, 2012 in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, a potential superstorm that could generate high winds, torrential rain, flash floods, snowstorms, and massive power outages that could affect more than 50 million people. More information about …

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