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USCIS Publishes New Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev. 03/08/13)N that employers should begin using immediately for all new hires and re-verifications. However, since the USCIS recognizes employers may need additional time to allow for use of the new form, employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09)Y for a 60-day period until May 7, 2013. After that date, all U.S. employers must use the revised Form I-9. The new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

February 2013 Employment Situation Report Shows 236000 Jobs Added and Unemployment Rate at Lowest Level since 2008

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 236,000 jobs in February 2013 while the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent – the lowest level since December 2008 – and the number of unemployed persons dipped to 12 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — FEBRUARY 2013’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The report also revised the change in nonfarm employment for December 2012 from 196,000 jobs added up to 219,000 jobs added and the change for January 2013 was revised from 157,000 jobs added down to 119,000 jobs added. Until next month’s report is released, the February 2013 Employment Situation Report will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Rhode Island Bill would Ban the Box Asking about Criminal Records on Job Applications

In an effort to limit bias against job applicants with criminal histories, legislation to ‘ban the box’ that employers use on preliminary job applications to ask about past criminal records has been introduced in the State of Rhode Island General Assembly by Representative Scott Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), according to a press release available at http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/News/pr1.asp?prid=8903. Continue reading

February 2013 ADP National Employment Report Reveals Increase of 198000 Jobs in Month

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 198,000 jobs from January to February 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the February 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report also revised the estimated gain from the January 2013 report up by 23,000 to 215,000 jobs. For more information about the February 2013 ADP National Employment Report, visit http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/February/NER/NER-February-2013.aspx. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013 Discussed at Los Angeles HR Star Conference on March 20

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will discuss the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ in a presentation at the Los Angeles HR Star Conference on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The LA HR Star Conference will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information about the LA HR Star Conference, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Continue reading

New York Social Security Number Protection Law Amendment Allows Employers to Request SSN for Background Checks

New York law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August 2012 that amended the state’s 2008 Social Security Number Protection Law has caused some concern for New York employers conducting background checks. However, a review of the law demonstrates that when it comes to background checks conducted under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law, the law does not impede an employer’s ability to utilize a Social Security number (SSN). Continue reading

Legislation to Prevent Employers from Requesting Social Media Passwords Introduced or Pending in 28 States

At least 28 states have legislation that has been introduced or is pending in 2013 to prevent employers from requesting usernames and passwords to various social media and personal Internet accounts of employees and job applicants to get or keep a job, according the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). A list of legislation regarding employer access to social media information as of February 15, 2013 is available on the NCSL website at http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/telecom/employer-access-to-social-media-passwords-2013.aspx. Continue reading

House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Holds Hearing on E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing entitled “How E-Verify Works and How it Benefits American Employers and Workers” in Washington, D.C. Members at the hearing discussed whether use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system should be required by all U.S. employers to check the legal work status of newly hired employees as part of proposed legislation to reform the nation’s immigration system. To watch a video webcast of the meeting, visit http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/113th/hear_02272013.html. Continue reading

Identity Theft Tops Annual FTC List of National Consumer Complaints for 13th Consecutive Year

Identity theft in general – and tax- or wage-related fraud in particular – has once again topped the list of complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the 13th consecutive year in the annual FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2012. The report, which marks the first year the FTC received more than 2 million complaints overall, found that 369,132 complaints – or 18 percent –  were related to identity theft, with more than 43 percent of those complaints related to tax- or wage-related fraud. The FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for 2012 is available at http://www.ftc.gov/sentinel/reports/sentinel-annual-reports/sentinel-cy2012.pdf. Continue reading

Complaints to EEOC Allege National Retailer Discriminated against Job Applicants with Criminal Records

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the community group TakeAction Minnesota have accused a large national retailer of unfair hiring practices that allegedly discriminated against job applicants with criminal records in ten formal complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). More information about this story is available on the Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune website at http://www.startribune.com/business/192087561.html. Continue reading