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

A recent featured article on Workforce.com – ‘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: http://www.workforce.com/article/20120928/NEWS02/120929949/background-screening-firms-face-increased-scrutiny.

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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 http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf 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: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_September_12.pdf. 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: http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2012/09/10/dollar-generals-use-of-criminal.html. 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: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120AB1844&search_keywords=. 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: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Newsletters/E-Verify-Connection10.pdf. Continue reading

2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Preliminary Data Reveals Most Dangerous Jobs in America

According to the preliminary results of the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal work injuries in the United States in 2011 was 4,609, down slightly from the final total of 4,690 in 2010. The CFOI program also revealed that the most dangerous job in America belonged to fishermen based on their highest rate of fatality, although truckers suffered the most total deaths of any occupation. For more information about the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program, visit: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf. Continue reading

Fake Background Check Fraud Conviction Shows Why Firms should Look for Screening Accreditation Seal

An Omaha, Nebraska man convicted on three federal wire fraud charges in a fake background check fraud scheme was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $126,715 in restitution, according to The Scottsbluff Star-Herald. The story, which shows why firms should look for a background screening accreditation seal, is available at: ‘Omaha man gets four years for background check fraud’. Continue reading

Diploma Mill Judgment of Over 22 Million Dollars Small Dent in Billion Dollar Phony Degree Business

Early in September 2012, a story published on the Michigan Live website at Mlive.com revealed that experts said a $22.7 million judgment for more than 30,000 plaintiffs in federal class-action lawsuit against a suspected ‘diploma mill’ offering worthless education credentials would have only a small effect on the billion-dollar international Internet business of “life experience degrees.” The full story is available on the Mlive.com website at: http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michigan/index.ssf/2012/09/227m_federal_class_action_laws.html. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Presents Webinar on New EEOC Guidance at IHR Quality of Hire Event September 27

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of the updated second edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ will present a webinar, ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance,’ at the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Event on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET. To register for the webinar, which will help HR Professionals understand U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Practical-Steps-Employers-Can-Take-to-Comply-with-the-New-EEOC-Criminal-Guidance-147/. Continue reading