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Two Free E-Verify Employee Rights Webinars on September 23

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Civil Rights Division Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices will present two free E-Verify webinars on Employee Rights in both English and Spanish on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Illegal Background Checks Settled

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court that alleged that Canon Solutions America Inc. ran illegal background checks on their employees has reached a settlement agreement, according to a report on the Top Class Actions website. The complete story is available at Continue reading

Form I-9 Audit Results in Nearly $2 Million Fine for Hotel

Form I-9 Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that a hotel chain will forfeit nearly $2 million to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for hiring unauthorized workers –including illegal aliens – following a Form I-9 audit and a non-prosecution agreement between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, and ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), according to a news release from ICE. Continue reading

New York City May Ban Credit Checks by Employers

Credit Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New York City Council members are considering legislation – Introductory Bill Number 261 (“Int. No. 261”) – that would amend the administrative code of the city “in relation to prohibiting discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” and prevent employers from using credit checks in employment decisions. More information about the bill is available here: Int. No. 261. Continue reading

Bill Seeks To Limit EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

ESR News Blogs about EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New legislation – The “Certainty in Enforcement Act of 2014” (H.R. 5423) – seeks to limit the current U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) enforcement guidance on criminal background checks and “amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to exclude the application of such title to employment practices that are in compliance with Federal regulations, and State laws, in certain areas.” The full text of H.R. 5423 – which could possibly affect EEOC guidance enforcement if passed – is available at Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Speak at National Tribal Gaming Conference

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Les Rosen

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), and Jayne Liera, Backgrounds Manager of Soboba Tribal Gaming Commission, will co-host two sessions at the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGC/R) Fall 2014 Conference that takes place September 16 to 18, 2014 at the Couer d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho. To learn more about the NTGC/R Fall 2014 Conference, view a brochure at Continue reading

Government Will Not Renew Contracts for Background Checks

Government Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will not renew any contracts set to expire on September 30, 2014 with a private contractor providing most of the government background checks for federal security clearances after the company suffered a security breach, The Washington Post reports. Continue reading

Background Checks Could Be Required to Work at Arizona Hotels

ESR News Blog

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted in 2011 a Mesa, Arizona hotel by a hotel employee who used his master key to access her room is trying to enact some change in the hiring practices of hotels including requiring “consistent and thorough background checks,” according to a story posted on Continue reading

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 Continue reading