Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 367 (SB 367) to advance comprehensive reform for offenders entering, proceeding through, and leaving the criminal justice system to promote their successful reentry into society, benefit the public, and enact reforms recommended by the Georgia Council …

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April Jobs Report Shows 160,000 Jobs Added to U.S. Economy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged at 5.0 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Safe Hiring Expert Explains How to Use Background Checks to Hire the Best Workers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar for Aurora Training Advantage entitled “Background Checks and Legal Compliance – How to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court”  on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to …

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Violated FCRA and State Laws with Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Philadelphia claims that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws when conducting criminal background checks on job applicants, according to a press release from Outten …

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White House Proposes New Ban the Box Regulations for Federal Government Jobs

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would “Ban the Box” and prohibit the government from asking about the criminal history of applicants for Federal employment until later in the hiring process after a conditional job …

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USCIS Announces Testing for New E-Verify Mobile App

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has announced testing for the new E-Verify Mobile App (“Application”) for employment eligibility verification of workers.

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National Reentry Week Part of Department of Justice Mission to Help Ex-Offenders

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help reformed ex-offenders contribute to their communities upon release from prison, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) designated the week of April 24-30, 2016, as National Reentry Week and asked the Bureau of Prisons to coordinate reentry events such as job fairs, practice interviews, and …

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Census Bureau Background Check Lawsuit Settlement Should Be Wake Up Call for Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Census Bureau agreeing to pay a $15 million settlement to end a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records during the criminal background check process when hiring temporary workers for the 2010 census “should also …

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Small Business Administration To Hold National Small Business Week May 1-7

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – an agency of the federal government that protects the interests of small business owners – will hold the National Small Business Week (NSBW) from May 1-7, 2016 with this year’s theme being “Dream Big, Start Small.” Links to information about …

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President Obama Urged to Ban the Box for Federal Contractors by Civil and Human Rights Groups

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has written an advocacy letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of more than 100 organizations and individuals that both commends the administration’s “commitment to reducing barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction records” but also …

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