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October 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 130000 Jobs Added

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 130,000 jobs from August 2013 to October 2013 led by a gain of 81,000 jobs in large businesses, according to the October 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The complete October 2013 ADP National Employment Report is available at Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Speaks about EEOC Compliance in Paycor Webinar November 5

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance for the use of criminal records by employers when hiring in a webinar sponsored by leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To register for the webinar, click here or visit Continue reading

House Passes Bill Requiring Background Checks for School Employees

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved by voice vote the ‘Protecting Children from Sexual and Violent Predators Act’ (HR 2083) that would require state education agencies (SEAs) that receive federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to require criminal background checks on school employees, according to a report on The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) website at: Continue reading

TSA Expands Background Screening of Airplane Passengers to Include Employment Information

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expand the background screening of U.S. airplane passengers long before they arrive at the airport for their flights by searching government and private databases that may include a wide variety of records such as employment information, according to a New York Times report available online at Continue reading

E-Verify Self Check Service Working Again after Government Shutdown

The Self Check service of E-Verify – a free web-based application that can be used by anyone in the U.S. over the age of 16 to confirm his or her employment eligibility – is working again after the federal government shutdown ended, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) available at Continue reading

Illinois Governor Issues Administrative Order to State Agencies to Ban the Box for Hiring

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued Administrative Order 2013-1 to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit state agencies under his jurisdiction from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before evaluating their knowledge, skills, and abilities for the job. The administrative order is available in PDF format at Continue reading

Delayed September 2013 Employment Situation Report Shows Increase of 148000 Jobs during Month

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 148,000 jobs in September 2013 while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.2 percent and the number of unemployed persons remained unchanged 11.3 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2013’ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Delayed by the recent Federal government shutdown that ended October 17, 2013, the Employment Situation Report is usually released on the first Friday of each month at Continue reading

Background Checks and Legal Compliance Discussed in Live 90 Minute Audio Conference on October 30

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 90 minute Audio Conference ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance: Avoiding Legal Hot Water’ with Aurora Training Advantage from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. To register for this webinar, which is worth 1.5 PHR/SPHR Credits, visit Continue reading

EEOC Chair to Speak at Best Practices for Using Criminal Records in Hiring Conference on October 25

The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will join a panel of distinguished speakers discussing criminal background checks at the ‘Best Practices Standards for Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. To register for the event through Wednesday, October 23, 2013, please visit Continue reading

E-Verify Available to Employers Following End of Government Shutdown

The E-Verify employment eligibility verification system – unavailable since the federal government shutdown began on October 1, 2013 – has resumed operations following the ending of the shutdown and all features and services are now available, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at Continue reading