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March 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 158000 Jobs Added in Month

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 158,000 jobs from February 2013 to March 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the March 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The March 2013 ADP report also revised the estimated gain from January 2013 to February 2013 up by 39,000 to 237,000 jobs. For more information, visit http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/March/NER/NER-March-2013.aspx. Continue reading

More than 300 South Carolina Businesses Cited for E-Verify Violations

South Carolina state labor department officials have cited 323 businesses for violating a 2011 law requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system to determine if newly hired employees can work legally in the United States, according to a report on The State website. Less than 10 percent of companies that were part of first year of mandatory immigration checks failed to comply with the law. The article is available at http://www.thestate.com/2013/03/25/2693045/more-than-300-sc-companies-cited.html. Continue reading

Businesses Can Background Check Job Applicants Affordably to Avoid Bad Hires Says Safe Hiring Expert

Business owners can perform background checks on job applicants without a great deal of expense to avoid “bad hires” of “employees from hell,” according to an article on the Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel website that features suggestions from safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen. The full article – ‘Employment Screening Resources: How to avoid hiring employee from hell’ – is available at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/capitola/ci_22907219/employment-screening-resources-how-avoid-hiring-employee-from. Continue reading

USCIS Releases Special Edition of E-Verify Connection Newsletter for Recent Changes to Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a Special Edition of E-Verify Connection, an e-newsletter for employers and workers that contains information about important changes recently made to the new Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13 N). A PDF version of the E-Verify Connection e-newsletter is available online at http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Newsletters/E-Verify-Connection.pdf. Continue reading

City of Richmond Passes Ban the Box Ordinance Removing Question about Criminal History from Job Applications

The City Council of Richmond, Virginia has unanimously passed a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance that would to eliminate the question asking job applicants about prior felony convictions on application forms for many city jobs, according to an article on the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch website. Continue reading

Equal Employment for All Act Would Prohibit Employers from Using Credit Report Checks when Hiring

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee-09) has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives – H.R. 645, the ‘Equal Employment for All Act’ – that would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit employers from using credit report checks and bankruptcy filings when hiring or making adverse employment decisions. Under H.R. 645, some exceptions allowing the use of credit reports would include jobs requiring security clearance, state or local government jobs, or certain individuals working in the financial industry. The full text of ‘the ‘Equal Employment for All Act’ is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr645ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr645ih.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Commission Meeting on March 20 Focuses on Improving and Measuring Quality of Investigations

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held a meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to develop the Quality Control Plan (QCP) called for in the EEOC’s 2012-2016 Strategic Plan to revise the criteria used to measure the quality of agency charge investigations and conciliations. Three roundtables – made up of EEOC front line staff, private employer and employee representatives, and EEOC managers – presented their views to develop a draft plan for Commission approval. A press release from the EEOC about the meeting is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-21-13a.cfm. Continue reading

Access to Public Court Records in California Threatened by Proposed Search Fee in Trailer Bill

In a move that could significantly limit access to public court records, a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts proposes to charge a $10 fee on nearly every court file requested by members of the general public – including journalists and court researchers who review a large amount of files for news stories and background checks – according to an article on the Courthouse News Service website. The article is available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/03/13/55701.htm. Continue reading

Ban the Box Legislation Introduced in New Jersey to Restrict Criminal History Questions for Employment

Legislation recently introduced in the New Jersey Senate – Senate Bill No. 2586, ‘The Opportunity to Compete Act’ (OCA) – would “ban the box” asking about criminal histories on job applications and restrict questions by employers about criminal records of current employees or applicants. The OCA would also prohibit employers in New Jersey from inquiring about the criminal history of job applicants until after a “conditional offer of employment” is made. The full text of Senate Bill No. 2586, ‘The Opportunity to Compete Act’ is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/S3000/2586_I1.PDF. Continue reading