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Some Employers Questioning Whether to Stop Drug Testing Job Applicants for Marijuana Use


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia legalizing medical marijuana, U.S. employers performing drug testing face a “conundrum” and are questioning whether they should “stop testing applicants for marijuana use now that more states have legalized it for medicinal or recreational purposes and popular acceptance of the substance has spread,” according to an article from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper on How to Choose an ATS to Work with Your Background Screening Firm


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a strategic choice for background screening – has released a whitepaper authored by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen entitled ‘How to Choose an ATS to Work with Your Background Screening Firm’ that outlines critical factors that employers should consider when choosing an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to automate and streamline their recruitment and hiring process. The complimentary whitepaper is available at Continue reading

Congress Introduces Bipartisan Ban the Box Legislation to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have introduced “Ban the Box” legislation – the Fair Chance Act (S.842/H.R.1905) and the REDEEM Act (S.827/H.R.1906) – to ensure that job seekers who have a conviction record in their past are not unfairly shut out from federal employment and considered on their qualifications like other applicants, according to a news release from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Continue reading

USCIS Tells Employers to Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is telling employees who used the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification downloaded between November 14, 2016 – the date the revised version of the Form I-9 was published – and November 17, 2016, to review the form to ensure Social Security numbers (SSNs) of employees appear correctly in Section 1, according to a post on the “What’s New” page in the I-9 Central section of the USCIS website. Continue reading

EEOC Examines Current State of U.S. Workforce and Future Demand for Jobs


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 5, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where experts examined the current state of the workforce in the United States and what jobs may be in future demand, according to a press release from the EEOC. Continue reading

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Now Accepting Self-Certifications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 12, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced that the newly launched Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is accepting self-certifications to provide companies a mechanism to comply with Swiss data protection requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce. For more information, visit Continue reading

High School Principal Resigns after Student Journalists Question Credentials from Alleged Diploma Mill

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A newly hired principal at Pittsburg High School in Kansas resigned from her job after student journalists uncovered some questionable credentials from an alleged “diploma mill” where people could purchase a degree, diploma, or certificates, according to an article in The Kansas City Star. Continue reading

New York City to Prohibit Questions about Salary History of Job Applicants during the Hiring Process


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 5, 2017, the New York City Council passed legislation – Introduction 1253-2016 – that will prohibit employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants during the hiring process and also from relying on salary history information to determine salary if that information is already known. Continue reading

More than Ten Percent of Uber and Lyft Drivers Fail Background Checks in Massachusetts


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Figures released by Massachusetts officials show more than ten percent of drivers failed comprehensive background checks required under a state law for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, with 8,200 drivers failing and more than 62,000 drivers passing the checks, according to an article on Continue reading