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

Background Check Expert to Speak at Recruiting Trends Conference at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about ‘Keeping it Legal: Pitfalls and Landmines in Using Social Media and Criminal Records’ from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Recruiting Trends Conference 2013 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. For information about the presentation and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.recruitingtrendsconference.com/lester-rosen/#presentation. Continue reading

California Courts Closed Monday October 14 in Observance of Columbus Day

Courts in California are closed this Monday, October 14, 2013 in each of the state’s 58 counties in observance of Columbus Day, according to the schedule on the Court Holidays page of the California Judicial Branch website available at http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm. Continue reading

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Ban the Box Bill to Help Ex-Offenders Seeking Government Jobs

In order to reduce unnecessary barriers to employment for the one in four adult Californians with arrest or conviction records, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit requesting criminal record information on initial employment applications for local and state government jobs. The text of AB 218 – which will take effect July 1, 2014 – is at http://openstates.org/ca/bills/20132014/AB218/. Continue reading

Workplace Drug Testing More Common Among African American Workers Study Finds

African American workers are 17 percent more likely than white workers to report working for employers that perform workplace drug testing, according to a study from the Yale School of Medicine published in the Early View of the American Journal on Addictions available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12109.x/abstract. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Speaks to ASIS Golden Gate Chapter at Skywalker Ranch on October 22

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco Bay area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will discuss ‘Reducing The Insider Risk: Strategies For Background Checks After Hiring’ at an ASIS Golden Gate Chapter meeting held at Skywalker Ranch on Lucas Valley Road in Marin County, California on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM PST. More information about the ASIS Golden Gate Chapter meeting is available at http://www.asisgoldengate.org/page1/page1.html. Continue reading

Government Shutdown Making Employers in States with E-Verify Laws Nervous to Hire New Workers

Employers in states such as Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and North Carolina with mandatory E-Verify usage laws for most or all businesses are nervous about hiring new workers since the electronic employment eligibility verification system became unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began October 1, 2013, according to a report from The Guardian available at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/everify-offline-shutdown-employers-hiring. Continue reading

September 2013 Employment Situation Report from DOL Postponed Due to Government Shutdown

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has postponed the release the September 2013 Employment Situation report compiled by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) originally planned for Friday, October 4, 2013 “due to the lapse in funding” and an alternative release date has not yet been scheduled, according to news release available at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20132030.htm. Continue reading

EEOC and FTC Among Many Federal Agencies Closed During Government Shutdown

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an agency that promotes consumer protection and fair business practices, are among the many federal agencies related to the workplace that are closed during the government shutdown that began October 1, 2013. The EEOC shutdown notice is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/shutdown_notice.cfm and the FTC shutdown notice is available at http://www.ftc.gov/shutdown.html. Continue reading

September 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 166000 Jobs Added

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 166,000 jobs from August 2013 to September 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the September 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The complete September 2013 ADP National Employment Report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/September/NER/NER-September-2013.aspx. Continue reading

Government Shutdown Means Federal E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System Unavailable

The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system is currently unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began today, October 1, 2013, according to an alert on the E-Verify page of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The complete alert about the E-Verify unavailability is available at https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/vislogin.aspx?JS=YES. Continue reading