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Proposal would Delay Criminal Background Checks by Employers in Seattle until Later in Hiring Process

A proposal by Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell would prevent most employers in the city of Seattle, Washington from denying jobs to job applicants based solely on their criminal history by delaying criminal background checks until later in the hiring process, according to a report from KOMO News Channel 4. Continue reading

August 2012 BLS Employment Report Shows 96000 Jobs Added while ADP Employment Report Finds 201000 Jobs Gained

Two employment reports released this week differed noticeably in calculating the number of jobs created in August 2012. ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2012’ released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States rose by 96,000 jobs while the August 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) released Thursday found employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 201,000 jobs. The BLS report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf while the ADP report is available at: http://adpemploymentreport.com/PDF/FINAL_Report_August_12.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak about Social Media Background Checks at ASIS International 2012 on September 10

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will speak on the topic of ‘Using Social Networking Sites, Search Engines, and Web 2.0 to Screen Applicants: Caution Advised!’ on Monday, September 10, 2012, from 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM EST at the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information about Rosen’s session at ASIS International 2012, visit: http://www.asis2012.org/. Continue reading

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seeks Public Comment on Strategic Enforcement Plan by September 18

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has released a draft of the EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) open for public comment until September 18, 2012.  The draft of the SEP, which will integrate all components of the EEOC’s private, public, and federal sector enforcement, is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/sep_public_draft.cfm. Continue reading

Employment Background Screening and New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Discussed in Webinar on September 6

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of three panelists participating in an encore presentation of a 90 minute CLE webinar/teleconference from Strafford titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening After EEOC’s New Guidance: Structuring Policies to Comply With Title VII, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and State Laws’ on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT (10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PDT). For more information, visit: http://www.straffordpub.com/products/pre-employment-background-screening-after-eeocs-new-guidance-2012-09-06. Continue reading

Bank Worker Fired Under Strict FDIC Guidelines after Background Check Uncovers Minor Crime from 1963

The Des Moines Register reports a 68-year-old man in Iowa was fired from his job as customer service representative at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage after a background check uncovered a nearly half century old minor crime from 1963 listed as “fraud” in which he stuck a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine. The story is the latest about bank workers being fired for minor criminal incidents in their distant pasts under strict new Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) guidelines for banking employment. The article is available here: ‘Wells Fargo fires Des Moines worker for laundromat incident 49 years ago’. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes Second Draft of New Proposed Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and Extends Public Comment Period

A notice published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an extension of the public comment period on changes in a second draft of the new proposed ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ that employers must complete for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The notice, which has a 30-day comment period ending on September 21, 2012, is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-22/pdf/2012-20631.pdf. The second draft of new Form I-9 is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2006-0068-0205. Continue reading

Report Showing 1 in 5 IT Resumes in India Fake Underscores Need for International Background Checks

A news report from The Times of India about rampant resume fraud in India’s Information Technology (IT) services sector revealed that hiring experts say typically 20 percent or one in every five resumes – also known as CVs (Curriculum Vitae) – in the industry are fake or have forged information, underscoring the need for U.S. businesses to conduct international background checks. The Times of India report is available here: ‘Indian IT’s HR headache: 1 in 5 CVs fake’. Continue reading

Best Companies to Work For in 2012 May Fail to Make Online Job Seekers Feel Welcome at Websites

Many employers ranking among Fortune’s list of ‘2012 Best Companies to Work For’ failed to make job seekers feel welcome at their websites due to needlessly complicated online applications, irrelevant questions, and ignored résumés, according to the results of the annual Mystery Job Seeking survey from staffing industry consulting firm CareerXRoads. The results of the August 2012 survey are available at: http://careerxroads.com/colloquium/files/2012%20Mystery%20Job%20Seeker.pdf. Continue reading

Republican Party Platform May Call for Mandatory Use of E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program by All US Employers

A draft version of the Republican National Committee (RNC) platform briefly available on the RNC website last week calls for a national E-verify electronic employment eligibility verification program to be used by all businesses in the United States to verify the legal work authorization status of all newly hired U.S. workers. The draft version of the RNC platform discovered by Politico.com on Friday has been reposted on their website here: ‘Preview of Reforming Government to Serve the People – GOP’. Continue reading