The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system is currently unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began today, October 1, 2013, according to an alert on the E-Verify page of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The complete alert about the E-Verify unavailability is available at https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/vislogin.aspx?JS=YES.Continue reading "Government Shutdown Means Federal E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System Unavailable"
A Congressional Briefing entitled ‘The Consequences of Inaccurate Employment Background Checks’ that should feature a report from the National Law Employment Project (NELP) – ‘Wanted: Accurate FBI Background Checks for Employment’ – that examines the accuracy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks will take place Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM in …Continue reading "Congressional Briefing on Consequences of Inaccurate Background Checks for Employment Scheduled for October 1"
A hearing titled ‘The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks’ will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the recent Navy Yard shooting and the role of background checks in the government. The hearing will be held in Room SD-342 of …Continue reading "Senate Committee Hearing on Navy Yard Tragedy Examining Government Background Checks Set for October 1"
A new law in Nevada signed by Governor Brian Sandoval – Assembly Bill 181 (A.B. 181) – will restrict employer access to social media accounts and credit report information of both employees and job applicants beginning on October 1, 2013. The full text of Nevada Assembly Bill 181 is available at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/AB/AB181.pdf.Continue reading "Nevada Law Restricting Employer Access to Credit Reports and Social Media Accounts Takes Effect October 1"
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched its latest crackdown on Form I-9 compliance and the hiring illegal workers by handing a Notice of Inspection (NOI) to approximately 1,000 businesses in the past few weeks, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324755104579071331936331534.html.Continue reading "ICE Cracks Down on Form I-9 Compliance by Handing Notices of Inspection to 1000 Businesses"
A report from Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, PA titled ‘EEOC’s Criminal Record Guidance One Year Later: Lessons from the Community’ examines employer compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ …Continue reading "Report Examines Employer Compliance with New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Released in 2012"
The Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has responded to a letter sent in July 2013 from the Attorneys General of nine states – Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia – that urged the EEOC to reconsider positions expressed in its ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration …Continue reading "EEOC Responds to Attorneys General Letter Urging Reconsideration of Criminal Background Check Guidance"
A tenant screening company that background checks tenants for rental housing has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a class action lawsuit over its screening practices, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP) on the Bloomberg Businessweek website. The complete report is available at http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-09-18/150k-settlement-in-lawsuit-over-background-checks.Continue reading "Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks for Rental Housing Tenants Settled for 150000 Dollars"
The U.S. government’s background check system gave Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis, a military contractor and former Navy reservist, an all-access secret-level clearance pass to a several military installations despite a history of arrests and disorderly conduct, according to a report from The Washington Post. Officials say Alexis used his security clearance pass to enter …Continue reading "Government Background Check System Gave Navy Yard Gunman Security Clearance despite Arrest History"
Ory Tucker, the Client Experience Director of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webcast titled ‘The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Background Checks’ for the HR.com Institutes for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Conference on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ET. For information about …Continue reading "Webcast Outlining FCRA and Background Checks for HR Professionals Scheduled for September 26"