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May 2012 ADP National Employment Report Finds US Private Sector Gained 133000 Jobs

U.S. private sector employment increased by 133,000 jobs from April 2012 to May 2012 with the private service-providing sector adding 132,000 jobs during the month, according to the May 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). The latest ADP National Employment Report, which marked the twenty-eighth consecutive monthly gain in jobs as measured by ADP, is available at: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_May_12.pdf. Continue reading

Illinois Internet Dating Safety Act Requiring Disclosure of Background Check Policy Heads to Governor

Legislation in Illinois – Senate Bill 2545 (SB 2545) – that would create the “Internet Dating Safety Act” requiring Internet dating websites offering services in Illinois to disclose if they conduct criminal background checks on all their members or post warnings online that they do not conduct criminal background checks has passed both the House and Senate and now heads to Governor Pat Quinn to sign. Introduced by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), the full text of the bill is available here: (SB 2545) “Internet Dating Safety Act”. Continue reading

ESR Webinar on EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Provides Clients Pathway to Compliance with ESR Assured Compliance System

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a special “client only” webinar ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take Today to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 11 AM to 12 PM Noon Pacific. The webinar will provide ESR clients a pathway to compliance with updated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on criminal records with templates and options through the proprietary ESR Assured ComplianceSM system to fulfill recommended EEOC best practices. ESR clients may register for the webinar is at: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Practical-Steps-Employers-Can-Take-Today-to-Comply-with-the-New-EEOC-Criminal-Guidance-139/. Continue reading

Company Forfeits 2 Million Dollars to DHS for Hiring Illegal Workers and Agrees to Use E-Verify

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently announced in a press release that a Houston, Texas-based tree trimming company has avoided criminal prosecution for employing illegal workers by agreeing to forfeit $2 million to the DHS related to revenue derived from the employment of illegal workers. The company has also agreed to adhere to revised immigration compliance procedures that include the use of E-Verify, a free electronic employment eligibility verification system run by the U.S. government. The press release from ICE is available at: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1205/120518houston.htm. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Says Employers Must Perform Balancing Act with Background Checks in NPR Article

In an article recently published on the National Public Radio (NPR) website, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), says employers must perform a kind of balancing act with background checks since “every story of a person denied a job because of some youthful indiscretion decades in the past” is usually balanced by a “case of a registered sex offender whose record was not properly checked before being hired for a job involving interaction with the public.” The NPR article ‘How Much Can Potential Employers Ask About You?’ is available at: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/21/153201730/how-much-can-potential-employers-ask-about-you. Continue reading

ESR Provides Clients Specific Alternatives on EEOC Criminal Records Guidance through Additions to Proprietary ESR Assured Compliance System

To help businesses remain in compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on use of criminal background checks, Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), will provide its clients with the ESR Assured ComplianceSM system for EEOC criminal guidance at a special “client only” webinar hosted by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen – ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take Today to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ – on May 31, 2012 from 11 AM to 12 PM Noon Pacific Time. Information on how ESR clients may register for the webinar is available at: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Practical-Steps-Employers-Can-Take-Today-to-Comply-with-the-New-EEOC-Criminal-Guidance-139/. Continue reading

Unregistered Sex Offender Who Worked at Small Business Shows Why Small Businesses Should Conduct Background Checks

In a story that shows why background checks are needed for small businesses, WCCO-TV CBS Channel 4 in Minneapolis, MN reports that a sex offender who worked for a small business in Minnesota that provided bouncy houses and other fun inflatables at birthday parties and graduations was recently arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.  WCCO-TV reports that the arrest that caught the owner of the small business, who was unaware that the employee was convicted of a sex crime in 1995, off guard. The WCCO-TV story is available here: ‘Sex Offender Case Highlights Need for Background Checks.’

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Revised 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Shows One Out of Ten Workplace Deaths Attributed to Homicide

According to the revised numbers reflecting updates to the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the final count of fatal work injuries in the United States in 2010 was 4,690, up from the preliminary count of 4,547, with 518 of those deaths, up from  506, caused by workplace homicides. These figures mean approximately 11 percent of workplace deaths – more than one out of ten – were attributed to homicide. The revised 2010 CFOI of April 2012 for the preliminary results in August 2011 is available at: http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfoi_revised10.pdf. Continue reading

House Passes Appropriations Bill that would Block Enforcement of New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed an appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) that provides funding for several agencies including the allocation of $367 million the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) but also includes amendments that would block implementation and enforcement of several programs including the new EEOC guidance on the ‘Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ for employers using criminal background checks. The full text of H.R. 5326 is available at: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr5326/text. Continue reading

ACFE 2012 Report to the Nations Finds Fraud Costs Organizations Five Percent of Revenues Each Year

The 2012 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) estimates that the typical organization loses five percent of its revenues to occupational fraud each year and that this figure translates to a potential projected global fraud loss of more than $3.5 trillion applied to the estimated 2011 Gross World Product. The study also found that the median loss caused by the occupational fraud cases was $140,000, and more than one-fifth of these cases caused losses of at least $1 million. The ACFE 2012 Report to the Nations is available at: http://www.acfe.com/RTTN/. Continue reading