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April 2012 Employment Situation Report Reveals Increase of 115000 Jobs

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 115,000 jobs in April 2012 due to increases in professional and business services, retail trade, leisure and hospitality, and health care, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.2, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2012’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The April 2012 report will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the May 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, June 1, 2012. Continue reading

April 2012 ADP National Employment Report Shows Private Sector Added 119000 Jobs

According to the April 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®), U.S. private sector employment increased by 119,000 jobs from March 2012 to April 2012, with the private service providing sector adding 123,000 jobs during the month. However, employment in the private goods producing sector declined by 4,000 jobs in April 2012. The April 2012 ADP National Employment Report, which marked the twenty-seventh consecutive monthly jobs gain, is available at: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_April_12.pdf. Continue reading

Larger Background Screening Companies Continue the Move to Offshore Processing of Background Check Reports

According to a report from the Associated Press (AP), a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) that performs employment screening for businesses will close two offices in South Dakota by the end of the year and move those jobs to new sites in Arizona, India, and the Philippines. The AP reports that the company, one of the largest background screening suppliers in the country, says the closings in Aberdeen, South Dakota and Mitchell, South Dakota are due to restructuring and will affect approximately 140 workers. The AP story is the latest case of a large U.S. background screening company “offshoring” the processing of background checks to foreign countries. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Reviews Negligent Hiring and Background Checks at CAHSAH 2012 Annual Conference

Attorney at Law and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA area-based background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM for the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) 2012 Annual Conference at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. For more information about the CAHSAH 2012 Annual Conference, visit http://cahsah.org/index.php?p=annual_conferences. Continue reading

Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information CORI Reform Law Provisions Take Effect May 4

On May 4, 2012, many of the new provisions of the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Law, Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010 signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in August of 2010 will take effect. Commonly known as ‘CORI Reform,’ the law changes who will have authorized access to CORI and how CORI will be accessed.  As a result of the CORI Reform, the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) will replace the existing CORI system with a new secure, web-based system called ‘iCORI’ that should be available on May 7, 2012. Continue reading

SHRM Issues Statement on Updated EEOC Enforcement Guidance for Criminal Background Checks

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) — the world’s largest human resources association representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries — has issued a statement on the updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 25, 2012. The updated Enforcement Guidance from the EEOC, the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm. Continue reading

NAPBS Responds to EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Use of Criminal Background Checks by Employers

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) — ‘The Voice of Screening Professionals’ — has issued a statement in response to the updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 issued by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 25, 2012. The updated EEOC Guidance is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm. Continue reading

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on Use of Arrest and Conviction Records by Employers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, today voted 4-1 to approve updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The updated EEOC Guidance is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm. Questions and Answers (Q & As) about the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance are at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/qa_arrest_conviction.cfm. Continue reading

California Social Media Privacy Act Prohibiting Employers from Asking Employees and Applicants for Passwords Approved in Senate

The California Senate Committee on Education has approved legislation – ‘The Social Media Privacy Act’ Senate Bill 1349 (SB 1349) – that would prohibit employers from formally requesting or demanding employees or job applicants provide their usernames and passwords to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), SB 1349 would also prohibit public and private colleges and universities from requiring similar information from students. The full text of ‘The Social Media Privacy Act’ (SB 1349) is available at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1349_bill_20120327_amended_sen_v98.html. Continue reading

New Survey Finds 37 Percent of Companies Use Social Media Sites to Research Job Candidates

According to a new survey on the use of social media sites by employers to evaluate job candidates from CareerBuilder®, the largest online career site in the United States, nearly two in five companies – 37 percent – use social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to research job candidates. An InfoGraphic of the survey, which included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the U.S. across industries and company sizes, is available at: http://cb.com/HQUCWt. Continue reading