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Spanish Language Version of I-9 Central Online Resource Center Launched by USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has launched a Spanish language version of the I-9 Central online resource center that provides information, resources, and assistance related to the ‘Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification.’ The Spanish I-9 Central is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central/Espanol. Continue reading

FDIC Grants Waiver to Bank Worker Fired for Putting Cardboard Dime in Washing Machine in 1963

The Des Moines Register reports that a 68-year-old bank worker in Iowa fired by Wells Fargo after a background check found he had been arrested for putting a cardboard dime in a washing machine in 1963 has been cleared to return to work after being granted a waiver by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The full story, an example of the unintended consequences of tightened bank regulations, is available at: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/10/10/fired-bank-employee-cleared-to-work-again. Continue reading

Ban the Box Policies Removing Questions about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreading in US

Two new reports from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reveal that 42 cities and counties and seven states in the U.S. have adopted “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions about criminal history from job application forms and delay them until later in the hiring process to ensure that qualified job applicants with arrest or conviction records are not unfairly shut out from employment opportunities. A press release from NELP – a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that focuses on issues affecting low-wage and unemployed workers – is available at: http://www.nelp.org/page/-/Press%20Releases/2012/PR-Ban-the-Box-Momentum.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

Background Check May Have Prevented Convicted Con Man from Being Awarded City Contracts

According to a column on the DNAinfo.com New York website, a convicted con man who served three years in prison for passing bad checks and ripping off banks was awarded city contracts to restore parks without any kind of criminal background check. The man was later arrested for allegedly paying his workers with $50,000 in bad checks. The column on DNAinfo.com, a leading local news source covering New York City’s neighborhoods, is available at: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121011/new-york-city/city-awarded-contracts-convicted-swindler-without-background-check. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Observed or Experienced by One in Eight Federal Workers According to MSPB Report

According to a report from the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ‘Employee Perceptions of Federal Workplace Violence,’ approximately 13 percent of Federal employees – about one in eight – observed or experienced workplace violence between 2008 and 2010. The MSPB report, which was conducted in 2010 and received responses from 42,000 federal employees at 30 agencies, is at: http://www.mspb.gov/netsearch/viewdocs.aspx?docnumber=759001&version=761840&application=ACROBAT. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Study Finds Over 50 Percent of Employers Have Hired Job Applicants with Criminal Records

A study from CareerBuilder of more than 2,000 hiring managers nationwide revealed 51 percent of Human Resource managers reported that their organizations have hired a job applicant with a criminal record. More information about the study conducted by Harris Interactive©, which also looked at what job applicants with criminal records can do to better their chances of getting hired, is available on CareerBuilder.com®, the largest online career site in the U.S., at: http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-3152-Job-Search-Half-of-employers-have-hired-someone-with-a-criminal-record/. Continue reading

Background Check Firms Under Greater Scrutiny In Wake of 2.6 Million Dollar Penalty for Alleged FCRA Violations

A recent featured article on Workforce.com – ‘Background Screening Firms Face Increased Scrutiny’ – tells how background check firms are being watched more closely in the wake of a $2.6 million civil penalty against a leading screening firm by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The article also reveals background check experts such as Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), are suggesting employers should be more diligent in hiring screening firms and should “screen the screeners.” The Workforce article is available at: http://www.workforce.com/article/20120928/NEWS02/120929949/background-screening-firms-face-increased-scrutiny.

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September 2012 Employment Situation Report Reveals 114000 Jobs Added While Unemployment Rate Dropped Under 8 Percent

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 114,000 jobs in September while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 to 7.8 percent after hovering between 8.1 and 8.3 percent for the first 8 months of the year, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2012’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The September 2012 Employment Situation Report will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the October 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, November 2, 2012. Continue reading

September 2012 ADP National Employment Report Shows US Private Sector Gained 162000 Jobs

Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 162,000 jobs from August to September, according to the September 2012 ADP National Employment Report® released by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). The report also found employment in the private service-providing sector expanded by 144,000 jobs in September while the private goods-producing sector added 18,000 jobs during the month. The complete September 2012 ADP National Employment Report is available at: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_September_12.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Alleges Criminal Background Check Policy of Discount Retailer Violates Civil Rights Act of 1964

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has alleged that the criminal background check policy of Dollar General Corp., one of the largest discount retailers in the U.S. with over 10,000 stores in 40 states, has a ‘disparate impact’ on African-American job candidates and employees and violates of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A full report on the story, a prime example of how criminal background checks by employers are coming under greater scrutiny by the EEOC, is available on the Nashville Business Journal website at: http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2012/09/10/dollar-generals-use-of-criminal.html. Continue reading