New and Revised E-Verify Memorandums of Understanding Now Effective for Existing Users

In December 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new and revised Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) related to the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification program. The MOUs have a revision date of June 1, 2013 that may be found at the bottom of each MOU page. The revised MOUs became effective for new …

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December 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 238000 Jobs Added

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 238,000 jobs from November 2013 to December 2013 led by a gain of 108,000 jobs in small businesses, according to the December 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The complete report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/December/NER/NER-December-2013.aspx.

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Pre-Verified Resumes Emerging Tool for Job Seekers and Human Resources Professionals

According to the article ‘Pre-Verified Resumes: How Useful?’ in the January 2014 issue of HR Magazine, “pre-verified” resumes where third party screeners certify the credentials of applicants before they apply for jobs are an emerging tool for both job seekers and Human Resources professionals. The complete article is available to Society for Human Resource Management …

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Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 Released by Employment Screening Resources

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has announced the release of the 7th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014’ selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. For 2014, the “Ban the Box” movement to eliminate questions about criminal records on initial job applications to give ex-offenders a more level playing field when …

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National Association of Professional Background Screeners Retains Melissa Sorenson as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has retained Melissa L. Sorenson as the new NAPBS Executive Director as of January 1, 2014, according to an announcement in the NAPBS Thursday Letter dated January 2, 2014. The official press release from NAPBS is available at http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140107006558/en#.UsxD_dJDvTo.

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Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen Discusses Future of Background Checks in Talent Management Article

In his article ‘Trends in Background Checks for 2014’ for Talent Management magazine, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), thinks “employers and human resources professionals can expect to see the tension between the need to hire safely and the legal protections afforded applicants played out in a number of areas” …

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Ban the Box Movement that Eliminates Criminal History Question from Job Applications Picking Up Momentum

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) The “Ban the Box” movement that seeks to eliminate questions about past criminal conduct on initial job applications is quickly heading towards becoming a national standard and will be a hot issue for employers in 2014. The “box” refers to where an …

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Updated EEOC Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Employers Becoming Core Concern for Human Resources

The updated Guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 25, 2012 carries the potential to impact the hiring processes of every employer and Human Resources professional in the United States in 2014 and beyond. Although not a law or legally enforceable …

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Use of Commercial Criminal Databases Becoming More Controversial as Employers Face More Risk when Screening

The use of commercial criminal databases and cheap “do it yourself” background check web sites will be the focus of increased scrutiny and controversy in 2014 as employers face more risk when screening job applicants as the demand for accuracy in background check reports rises. This is Trend Number Three of the 7th Annual Employment …

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Class Action Lawsuits for Failing to Perform Background Checks Properly Becoming Even More Prevalent

Given the need for employers to exercise due diligence in hiring and at the same time comply with the complex legal environment regulating hiring, employers can expect to see an increase in legal actions in 2014 – including class action lawsuits – for failing to perform proper background checks or failing to do them right.  …

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