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Webinar Shows HR Professionals How to Optimize Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud

Since Human Resources professionals must ensure job applicants are really who they say they are before hiring them, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a 90 minute webinar titled ‘Optimizing HR Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud’ on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. For more information about this interactive webinar with Thompson Media worth 1.5 HRCI Credits on completion, visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=001700EM&priority=00295709611. Continue reading

Social Media Password Privacy Laws Passed in Several US States in Recent Months

Legislation has been introduced or is pending in at least 36 states so far in 2013 to prevent employers from requesting usernames and passwords to social media websites and personal Internet accounts of employees and job applicants, according the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Eight states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington – have enacted such legislation in 2013. A current list of all social media password privacy legislation is available at http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/telecom/employer-access-to-social-media-passwords-2013.aspx. Continue reading

New Texas Law Protects Employers Performing Background Checks and Encourages Employment of Ex-Offenders

A new law in Texas – H.B. 1188 – signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 14, 2013 will amend the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code so that “a cause of action may not be brought against an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party solely for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee, based on evidence that the employee has been convicted of an offense.” More information about Texas H.B. 1188, which will become effective on September 1, 2013, is available at http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB1188. Continue reading

Ten Dollar Public Court Record Search Fee Defeated in California Legislature

A proposal put forward by the a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts from a trailer bill that would have resulted in a $10 charge per file to look at court records has been defeated in the California Legislature, according to a report on the Courthouse News Service website. The story about the defeated fee proposal, which would have significantly limited press and public access to court documents, is available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/06/12/58458.htm. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Manual Author Lester Rosen to Sign Books at SHRM 2013 Annual Conference

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, author of a comprehensive guide to background checks titled ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ (Facts on Demand Press / 736 Pages), will sign books on two days during the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Rosen, the Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will be available to sign books Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 5:45 PM and Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 11:45 AM outside of the main SHRM Store at the conference. More information about ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ 2nd Edition published in October 2012 is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/SafeHiringManual.php. Continue reading

EEOC Sends Message to Employers that Criminal Records of Job Applicants Must Be Used Carefully

In the Wall Street Journal article ‘Employment Checks Fuel Race Complaints,’ Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), says the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been delivering the same message to employers since the 1980s: “Criminal records need to be used carefully, not with brute force, more as a surgical instrument.” The article, which catalogues the increased scrutiny of background checks by the EEOC, is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323495604578539283518855020.html. Continue reading

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files Lawsuits against Two Employers for Use of Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against two employers alleging they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by implementing and utilizing a criminal background check policy that resulted in employees being fired or screened out for employment. A press release about the lawsuits – the first enforcement action against employers under the revised EEOC Guidance for using criminal records – is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/6-11-13.cfm. Continue reading

Seattle City Council Passes Job Assistance Bill Prohibiting Automatic Exclusion of Applicants with Criminal Records

In a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Seattle City Council has passed a Job Assistance Bill to reduce criminal recidivism by providing job assistance to individuals with previous criminal records. Council Bill 117796 will prohibit public and private employers in Seattle from automatically excluding individuals with any arrest or conviction record from consideration for employment. A news release about the passing of the Job Assistance Bill – which will take effect November 1, 2013 if approved by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn as expected – is available at http://www.seattle.gov/news/newsdetail_council.asp?ID=13721. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Two Sessions about Background Checks at SHRM 2013 Annual Conference

Attorney Lester Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present two sessions about background checks at the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Rosen will present ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 and ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. For more information about the SHRM 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition, which runs from June 16 to 19, 2013, visit http://annual.shrm.org/. Continue reading

May 2013 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows 175000 Jobs Added

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 175,000 jobs in May 2013 while the unemployment rate inched up to 7.6 percent and the number of unemployed persons rose to 11.8 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2013’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Until the June 2013 report is released, the May 2013 Employment Situation Report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading