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April 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows Increase of 119000 Jobs

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 119,000 jobs from March 2013 to April 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the April 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The April 2013 ADP report also revised the estimated gain from February 2013 to March 2013 down to 131,000 jobs. To view the full report, visit http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/April/NER/NER-April-2013.aspx. Continue reading

US Senate Confirms New Commissioner of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jenny Yang to serve in the post of Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Her term will expire on July 1, 2017.  A ‘Senate Floor Wrap Up’ for Thursday, April 25, 2013, the date of confirmation, is available at http://democrats.senate.gov/2013/04/25/senate-floor-wrap-up-for-thursday-april-25-2013/. Continue reading

Colorado Employment Opportunity Act Specifies Permissible Use of Credit Reports by Employers Starting July 1

Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill passed by the Colorado General Assembly – SB13-018, the “Employment Opportunity Act” – that specifies the purposes for which consumer credit information such as consumer credit reports and credit scores can be used by private sector employers or potential employers with four or more employees in making employment-related decisions. More information about the “Employment Opportunity Act”, which takes effect July 1, 2013, is available at http://www.coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill/0/SB13-018/2013/1/. Continue reading

Background Checks in California and How to Comply with New EEOC Guidance Explained in Webinar

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live California Employer Advisor (CEA) webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: How To Comply with the EEOC’s Recently Issued Enforcement Guidance’ on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Pacific. The webinar is available exclusively to CEA online subscribers at no cost. Non-members interested in the webinar may sign up for a membership. For more information, click here. Continue reading

Diploma Mills Offering Fake Education Degrees to Students have Long History and Warning Signs

Questionable educational institutions known as “diploma mills” that are more interested in taking money from students for worthless degrees instead of providing them with quality academic educations have a long history in America and clear warning signs, according to an infographic released by Distancelearning.com available at http://www.distancelearning.com/resources/diploma-mills-infographic/. Continue reading

National Database for Background Checks Shown in Movies and Television Crime Programs Just a Popular Myth

The idea that there exists one single “national database” for background checks with accurate and complete criminal record information for every person in America is a “popular myth” fueled by movies and television crime programs, according to a blog written by a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Board of Directors. The blog is available at http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/291939-national-database-for-background-checks-is-a-myth. Continue reading

Six Additional Free Form I-9 Educational Webinars Offered by USCIS to Highlight New Features

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering six additional free educational Form I-9 webinars that highlight the new features of the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N that all employers must begin using by May 7, 2013. The new Form I-9 is available for immediate use by employers to comply with their employment eligibility verification responsibilities at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

Immigration Bill in Senate Would Require Employers to Use E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System

A comprehensive immigration bill introduced in the Senate – S. 744 – would require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify, a free web-based employment eligibility verification system that compares information from the Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 all newly hired workers must complete to records in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases to verify their legal work status. The full text of S. 744 is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s744is/pdf/BILLS-113s744is.pdf. Continue reading

HR West 2013 Conference Session to Feature Negligent Hiring Mock Trial on April 23 in Oakland

To help Human Resources professionals understand the importance of due diligence background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen – Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – will present a session titled ‘Negligent Hiring Mock Trial: HR in the Hot Seat’ at the HR West® 2013 Conference on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The session takes place from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. For more information, visit http://www.hrwest.org/. Continue reading

Kansas City Passes Ban the Box Ordinance to Remove Questions about Criminal Histories on Job Applications

The Kansas City Council has passed Ordinance 130230 – known as the “Ban the Box” ordinance – that will require the City Manager to remove questions regarding disclosure of past criminal records from job applications for employment with the city, according to an article on the Kansas City Business Journal website. The full article is available at http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2013/04/05/kc-council-passes-ban-the-box.html. Continue reading