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Ban the Box Policies Removing Questions about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreading in US

Two new reports from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reveal that 42 cities and counties and seven states in the U.S. have adopted “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions about criminal history from job application forms and delay them until later in the hiring process to ensure that qualified job applicants with arrest or conviction records are not unfairly shut out from employment opportunities. A press release from NELP – a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that focuses on issues affecting low-wage and unemployed workers – is available at: Continue reading

Background Check May Have Prevented Convicted Con Man from Being Awarded City Contracts

According to a column on the New York website, a convicted con man who served three years in prison for passing bad checks and ripping off banks was awarded city contracts to restore parks without any kind of criminal background check. The man was later arrested for allegedly paying his workers with $50,000 in bad checks. The column on, a leading local news source covering New York City’s neighborhoods, is available at: Continue reading

Workplace Violence Observed or Experienced by One in Eight Federal Workers According to MSPB Report

According to a report from the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ‘Employee Perceptions of Federal Workplace Violence,’ approximately 13 percent of Federal employees – about one in eight – observed or experienced workplace violence between 2008 and 2010. The MSPB report, which was conducted in 2010 and received responses from 42,000 federal employees at 30 agencies, is at: Continue reading

CareerBuilder Study Finds Over 50 Percent of Employers Have Hired Job Applicants with Criminal Records

A study from CareerBuilder of more than 2,000 hiring managers nationwide revealed 51 percent of Human Resource managers reported that their organizations have hired a job applicant with a criminal record. More information about the study conducted by Harris Interactive©, which also looked at what job applicants with criminal records can do to better their chances of getting hired, is available on®, the largest online career site in the U.S., at: Continue reading

Background Check Firms Under Greater Scrutiny In Wake of 2.6 Million Dollar Penalty for Alleged FCRA Violations

A recent featured article on – ‘Background Screening Firms Face Increased Scrutiny’ – tells how background check firms are being watched more closely in the wake of a $2.6 million civil penalty against a leading screening firm by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The article also reveals background check experts such as Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), are suggesting employers should be more diligent in hiring screening firms and should “screen the screeners.” The Workforce article is available at:

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September 2012 Employment Situation Report Reveals 114000 Jobs Added While Unemployment Rate Dropped Under 8 Percent

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 114,000 jobs in September while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 to 7.8 percent after hovering between 8.1 and 8.3 percent for the first 8 months of the year, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2012’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The September 2012 Employment Situation Report will be available at until the October 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, November 2, 2012. Continue reading

September 2012 ADP National Employment Report Shows US Private Sector Gained 162000 Jobs

Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 162,000 jobs from August to September, according to the September 2012 ADP National Employment Report® released by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). The report also found employment in the private service-providing sector expanded by 144,000 jobs in September while the private goods-producing sector added 18,000 jobs during the month. The complete September 2012 ADP National Employment Report is available at: Continue reading

EEOC Alleges Criminal Background Check Policy of Discount Retailer Violates Civil Rights Act of 1964

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has alleged that the criminal background check policy of Dollar General Corp., one of the largest discount retailers in the U.S. with over 10,000 stores in 40 states, has a ‘disparate impact’ on African-American job candidates and employees and violates of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A full report on the story, a prime example of how criminal background checks by employers are coming under greater scrutiny by the EEOC, is available on the Nashville Business Journal website at: Continue reading

California Social Media Privacy Law AB 1844 Prohibits Employers from Demanding Usernames and Passwords from Applicants and Employees

On September 27, 2012, California Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. announced that he had signed Assembly Bill 1844 (AB 1844) to increase privacy protections for social media users in the state by prohibiting  employers from demanding usernames, passwords, and information related to social media accounts such as Facebook from employees and job applicants. The new law also bans employers from firing or disciplining employees who refuse to divulge the information. The full text of California Assembly Bill 1844 (AB 1844) is at: Continue reading

USCIS Announces Employee Rights Toolkit Online Resource to Educate Workers about E-Verify and Self Check

The September 2012 issue of E-Verify Connection, an e-newsletter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), contains an announcement about a new Employee Rights Toolkit online resource to educate workers about E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification, Self Check, and unauthorized practice of immigration law through videos, radio, educational brochures, posters, and fliers in English and Spanish. A PDF version of the September 2012 E-Verify Connection issue is available online at: Continue reading