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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

Washington DC Passes Ban the Box Law

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed Ban the Box legislation – The Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 – that will prevent employers more than 10 employees working in District of Columbia (D.C.) from asking job candidates about their criminal history on initial job applications. The Act, which takes effect following a mandated 30-day period of U.S. Congressional review and publication in the D.C. Register, is available here: The Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014. Continue reading

August 2014 Jobs Report Shows 142,000 Jobs Added

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 142,000 jobs in August 2014 while the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 6.1 percent and the number of unemployed persons decreased to  9.6 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The most recent jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

August 2014 ADP National Employment Report Shows Gain of 204,000 Jobs

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 204,000 jobs from July to August, according to the August 2014 ADP National Employment Report ® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP ®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/August/NER/NER-August-2014.aspx. Continue reading

President Obama Appoints New EEOC Chair

ESR News Blogs about EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that President Barack Obama has appointed Vice Chair Jenny R. Yang as Chair of the EEOC. More information about the appointment of Yang – who will be the first Asian-American Chair of the EEOC – is available on the EEOC website at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-2-14c.cfm. Continue reading

Government Background Checks May Be Impacted By Stop Work Order

Government Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A stop-work order issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a U.S. contractor conducting the majority of government background checks “could significantly impact the security clearance process,” according to a report from The Washington Post. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak at Risk Management Conference

ESR CEO Attorney Lester Rosen

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about ‘The Use of Criminal Records in Screening Volunteers and Employees’ at the Risk Management Conference (RMC) 2014 North American Division on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.adventistrisk.org/AboutUs/Events/RMC2014NorthAmericanDivision.aspx. Continue reading

Study Links Ban the Box Laws to Public Safety

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ‘first of its kind’ study published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice has linked the Ban the Box legislation that removes the criminal history question from job applications to improved public safety. More information about the study ‘The Effect of Hawaii’s Ban the Box Law on Repeat Offending’ is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12103-014-9251-9. Continue reading

Two New E-Verify Webinars Premiere August 26

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will premier two new E-Verify webinars – E-Verify in 30 and Evenings with E-Verify – on August 26, 2014. A flyer about the two new webinars from the USCIS – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – is available at http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/NEWE-VerifyWebinars_Flyer.pdf. Continue reading

Webcast on Reference Checking and Verifications September 4

ESR News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will present a Webcast for HR.com Quality of Hire Virtual Event titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time. For more information about the event, visit http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/webcasts/upcoming_webcasts/legal-and-effective-reference-checking-and-educati_hy8yor11.html. Continue reading

California Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Mug Shot Shakedowns

ESR News Blog

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation – Senate Bill 1027 (SB 1027) – that amends the California Civil Code to prohibit websites from posting arrest mug shots and then charging a fee to remove the photos. The complete text of SB 1027 – which takes effect on January 1, 2015 – is available here: California SB 1027. Continue reading