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Kansas City Passes Ban the Box Ordinance to Remove Questions about Criminal Histories on Job Applications

The Kansas City Council has passed Ordinance 130230 – known as the “Ban the Box” ordinance – that will require the City Manager to remove questions regarding disclosure of past criminal records from job applications for employment with the city, according to an article on the Kansas City Business Journal website. The full article is available at http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2013/04/05/kc-council-passes-ban-the-box.html. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Rate Against Government Employees Three Times Greater than Private Sector Workers

The average annual rate of workplace violence perpetrated against local, county, state, and federal government employees in 2011 was three times greater than that of private sector workers, according to the report ‘Workplace Violence Against Government Employees, 1994–2011 (NCJ 241349)’ released by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The April 2013 report, part of the ‘Violence in Workplace Series,’ is available at http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/wvage9411.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Teach Due Diligence in Recruiting at HR.com Virtual Conference Webcast April 22

Attorney Lester Rosen, a safe hiring expert and Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webcast titled ‘Due Diligence in Recruiting: Don’t Play Russian Roulette with your Future’ at the HR.com Virtual Conference on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ET. For more information about the webcast and to register for the free HR.com Virtual Conference, visit http://www.hr.com/en?t=/contentManager/onStory&StoryID=1363997706402. Continue reading

NAPBS to Hold 2013 Mid-Year Legislative Conference from April 14 to 17 in Arlington VA

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – the voice representing the background screening industry – will hold the NAPBS 2013 Mid-Year Legislative Conference from April 14 to 17, 2013 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Conference will feature the largest collection of background screening professionals in the world and provide education about the latest breakthroughs on laws, best practices, and research in the consumer reporting field. To learn more about the Conference, visit http://www.napbs.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3593. Continue reading

Company Pays Over 13 Million Dollars to Settle Suit Alleging Background Check Reports Were Sold to Debt Collectors

A U.S. company providing risk management solutions has agreed to pay $13.5 million and overhaul its background check search product to settle a national class action suit that claimed the firm sold background check reports to debt collectors without following consumer protection laws, according to a report in the Dayton (OH) Daily News that cites the Law360 website. The full story is available at http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/business/lexisnexis-pays-135m-to-settle-suit/nWxJQ/. Continue reading

Better Business Bureau Warns Job Seekers about Background Check Scams for Employment

Job seekers in the St. Louis, Missouri area say they have been scammed by thieves claiming to represent a company performing biohazard cleanup work, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns. All victims claimed the thieves cut off communications after collecting the $89 fee job seekers paid for a supposed pre-employment criminal background check using prepaid cash cards. The full article is available at http://stlouis.bbb.org/article/BBB-Warns-Bio-Advocate-Pro-Steals-Money-From-Job-Seekers-40989. Continue reading

E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program Receives 111 Million Dollars in Funding from Congress

Both houses of Congress have agreed on legislation – H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 – that includes a grant of $111,924,000 to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for necessary expenses for the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program. To read the full text of H.R. 933, visit http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr933/text. Continue reading

2013 Social Media Summit Explores New Reality of Connected Workplaces in San Francisco on April 10

Employment and labor law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. has organized an event – ‘Littler’s 2013 Social Media Summit: The New Reality’ – that “aims to provide organizational thought leaders with practical guidance on reaping the benefits of the connected workplace while recognizing and mitigating the associated risks.” The event will take place on Wednesday April 10, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST at The City Club of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. To register for the event, which costs $50 to attend, visit http://www.littler.com/events/littlers-2013-social-media-summit-new-reality. Continue reading

March 2013 Employment Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows 88000 Jobs Added in Month

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States edged up only 88,000 jobs in March 2013 while the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 7.6 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped to 11.7 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MARCH 2013’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Until next month’s report is released, the March 2013 Employment Situation Report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading