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Illinois Law Prevents Employers from Demanding Social Network Passwords from Employees and Job Candidates

A new law makes Illinois the second state to prevent employers from demanding social network passwords as Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation – House Bill 3782 (HB 3782) – that protects the right to privacy of current employees and job applicants by making it illegal for employers to request social network account information such as usernames or passwords to gain access to their accounts or profiles. The full text of the law, which takes effect January 1, 2013, is available here: Illinois House Bill 3782 (HB 3782). Continue reading

July 2012 BLS and ADP Employment Reports Both Show Gain of 163000 Jobs during Month

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States rose by 163,000 jobs in July 2012 while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons rose slightly to 8.3 percent and 12.8 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2012’ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The Employment Situation for July 2012 will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the Employment Situation for August 2012 is released on Friday, September 7, 2012. Continue reading

Medical Identity Theft Victimizes Estimated 2 Million Americans Each Year at Cost of 41 Billion Dollars

According to results from Experian’s ProtectMyID® ‘Third Annual National Study on Medical Identity Theft’ conducted by the Ponemon Institute® and released in June 2012, medical identity theft victimizes an estimated two million Americans each year with an estimated total cost of approximately $41 billion. For more information about the study, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-people-aware-of-medical-identity-theft-but-do-little-to-protect-themselves-from-it-160349435.html. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Explains EEOC Criminal Guidance Compliance in PIHRA Webinar August 10

To help Human Resources professionals understand the new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the use of criminal records, background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) webinar titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for webinar, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/631716505/. Continue reading

New Louisiana Law Requires Sex Offenders to List Status on Social Media Websites Starting August 1

New Louisiana legislation authored by State Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) and signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal – House Bill No. 249 – will expand sex offender registration requirements by requiring sex offenders and child predators to state their criminal status on social media websites such as Facebook starting on August 1, 2012. The full text of the new law is available at: http://legiscan.com/gaits/text/637699/Louisiana-2012-HB249-Engrossed.pdf. Continue reading

New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance and Background Checks Discussed in Webinar on August 1

Background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of three panelists participating in a live 90-minute webinar and teleconference titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening After EEOC’s New Guidance: Structuring Policies to Comply With Title VII, Fair Credit Reporting Act and State Laws’ on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. For more information, visit: http://www.straffordpub.com/products/pre-employment-background-screening-after-eeocs-new-guidance-2012-08-01. Continue reading

Credit Background Checks of Applicants Not Used by More than Half of Organizations According to Survey

A survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) “Background Checking — The Use of Credit Background Checks in Hiring Decisions” indicates that more than half of the responding organizations – 53 percent – do not conduct credit background checks on any of their job candidates, a noticeable  increase from 40 percent in 2010 and from 39 percent in 2004. The survey of randomly selected HR professionals from SHRM’s membership is available at: http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/CreditBackgroundChecks.aspx. Continue reading

Detroit Ban the Box Ordinance Requires City Vendors and Contractors to Remove Criminal Record Question on Job Applications

Since a deadline date of July 1, 2012, in an effort to give ex-convicts a second chance for employment, a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance in the City of Detroit has implemented a new hiring policy that requires business vendors and contractors to remove the criminal record question on job applications to qualify for future contracts. More information about the Detroit ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpXAC96re84. Continue reading

SHRM Background Check Survey Finds Nearly 70 Percent of Organizations Conduct Criminal Checks on All Job Candidates

Nearly seven out of ten organizations – 69 percent – conduct criminal background checks on all of their job candidates while 18 percent conduct criminal checks on select job candidates and 14 percent do not conduct criminal checks on any job candidates, according to a new survey titled ‘Background Checking—The Use of Criminal Background Checks in Hiring Decisions’ from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The survey from SHRM, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, is available at: http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/CriminalBackgroundCheck.aspx. Continue reading

Case of Mistaken Identity Shows Why Job Applicants Should Perform Self Background Checks

A report from FOX6 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin tells the story about a local woman hired by a department store who suffered from a case of mistaken identity when a criminal background check run on her uncovered a 2006 conviction for battery, a conviction she did not disclose on her job application since the crime was committed by her twin brother who had the same birth date and similar name. The story, which serves as an example why job applicants should be proactive and try to “self” background check themselves to avoid errors, is available at: http://fox6now.com/2012/07/22/broken-records/. Continue reading