New Seattle Ban the Box Law Limits Use of Criminal History for Employment Screening Starting November 1

Employers in Seattle, Washington will need to comply with new “Ban the Box” legislation – Ordinance 124201 – that will limit the use criminal history records for employment screening during the initial hiring process starting on November 1, 2013. The complete text of Ordinance 124201, which will create a new ‘Chapter 14.17 The Use of …

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Maine Revises State Fair Credit Reporting Act to be More Consistent with Federal FCRA

Maine Governor Paul LePage signed LD 1410 in June of 2013 to update the state’s consumer reporting law by adopting most of the provisions of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 United States Code, Section 1681 et seq., as amended. LD 1410 incorporates the federal fair credit reporting laws into state law while …

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USCIS Seeks Volunteers for Study of Enhanced Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking nine employers from the public to volunteer to assist in a study to determine how much time it takes employers to complete an enhanced version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification that USCIS is developing, according to a bulletin from the USCIS available at http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-858773.

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EEOC Background Check Lawsuit Dismissed by Court Based On Unreliable Expert Reports

In a Memorandum Opinion issued in the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Freeman, Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed a lawsuit brought by the EEOC alleging that corporate events service provider Freeman, Inc. “unlawfully relied upon credit and criminal background checks that caused a …

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Attorneys General from Nine States Send Letter to EEOC Expressing Concern about Background Check Ban

The Attorneys General from nine states – Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia – have sent a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) expressing concern about two recent lawsuits filed by the EEOC against companies that use criminal background checks when hiring new employees. The signed …

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Report Finds Many FBI Criminal Background Checks for Employment Contain Inaccurate Information

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has released a report – ‘Wanted: Accurate FBI Background Checks for Employment’ – that estimates 1.8 million workers a year are subjected to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks that contain “faulty or incomplete information” and that as many as 600,000 of those workers “may be prejudiced in …

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Safe Hiring Expert to Discuss Use of Criminal Convictions in Employment at 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will discuss the ‘Use of Criminal Convictions in Employment’ on Friday, August 9, 2013 for the Section of Labor and Employment Law at the 2013 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The panel discussion will take place …

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Trucking Company Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Employment Background Checks

A class action lawsuit filed against Swift Transportation in a Virginia federal court claims the company allegedly failed to tell more than 10,000 job applicants that they could “access the same information as the company for background checks and question the information the company reviews in making hiring decisions,” according to a story on TruckingInfo.com. The …

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Richmond CA Passes Ban the Box Ordinance Restricting Criminal Background Checks by Employers

A new “Ban the Box” ordinance passed by the City Council of Richmond, California by a 6-1 vote will prohibit private businesses contracting for work with the city “from asking about prior criminal convictions on employment applications” and even “inquiring into the criminal history of an applicant” in some cases, according to a report on …

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July 2013 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows Increase of 162000 Jobs

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 162,000 jobs in July 2013 while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped to 11.5 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2013’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics …

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