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BBB Offers Tips to Avoid Identity Theft while Holiday Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the arrival of the holiday season, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering a 2016 BBB Holiday Helper so consumers may avoid identity theft during Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving known as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and Cyber Monday, the following Monday that is one of the busiest days for online shopping. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes Final Rule for Certain Employment-Based Visa Programs


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has published a final rule to modernize and improve certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs while also amending regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain foreign workers. The rule takes effect on January 17, 2017. Continue reading

HOPE for Prisoners Program Shows Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A member of a registered nonprofit organization called HOPE for Prisoners that helps ex-offenders “transition out of prison to reenter society successfully” says that workers with past criminal records “work harder than other employees” and “truly value their jobs,” according to the article “Should You Hire An Ex-Con?” that is available on the website. Continue reading

Study Finds Workers with Criminal Records No Worse than Non-Offenders


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Researchers at Northwestern University have released a study entitled ‘Criminal Background and Job Performance’ that found employees with criminal records “have an involuntary separation rate that is no higher than that of other employees and a voluntary separation rate that is much lower.” Continue reading

Employers Report Highest Global Talent Shortage Since 2007


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers around the world are facing the largest talent shortage since the recession as 40 percent of global employers have experienced difficulties filling jobs – the highest level since 41 percent in 2007 – according to the 2016-2017 Talent Shortage Survey from ManpowerGroup. Continue reading

Trump Immigration Policy May Include Mandatory E-Verify for All Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The transition from President Barack Obama to incoming President Donald Trump could be a “very significant change of course” that would include changes in the immigration policy for the United States such as mandatory use of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system, according to a report on the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) website. Continue reading

Jury Awards Over $1 Million in Negligent Hiring Lawsuit Involving Workplace Violence


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A jury in Texas has awarded more than $1 million in a negligent hiring lawsuit filed against a company on behalf of an employee and war hero who was killed on the job by a co-worker that claimed the company knowingly providing an unsafe workplace for employees, according to a report from The Orange Leader. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-9 to Use for All New Hires in United States



Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification with changes designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer. The new Form I-9 is available on the USCIS website at Continue reading

Employment Important Issue for Veterans after Completion of Military Service


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With employment an important issue for Veterans completing their military service, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a Veterans Employment Toolkit designed to provide those who have served their country with resources on how to find jobs, make smart career decisions, and advance in the civilian workplace. Continue reading

Credit Reporting Agencies to Pay $7.1 Million to State of Mississippi over Credit Report Errors


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The nation’s three major credit reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—will pay the state of Mississippi a total of $7.175 million and two of the agencies will offer Mississippians unlimited access to free credit reports over the next three years to resolve an investigation into credit report errors and deceptive marketing, according to a press release on Attorney General Jim Hood’s website. Continue reading