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New California Background Check Laws Explained in Webinar on March 20

To help Human Resources professionals understand new California background check laws, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live interactive HR Hero webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Recently Passed Legislation, How to Legally Use Credit Inquires, and More’ on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific). To register for the program – which has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit: Continue reading

Illinois Bill would Require Online Dating Sites to Disclose if They Conduct Criminal Background Checks

Legislation under consideration in Illinois – House Bill 4083 (HB 4083) ‘INTERNET DATING SAFETY ACT’ – would require online dating sites to clearly and conspicuously disclose to all Illinois members if they conduct criminal background checks. Introduced by State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), HB 4083 would also require Internet dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to all Illinois members of safer dating practices. The full text of HB 4083 is available here. Continue reading

Employment and Education Verifications Reviewed as Safe Hiring Webinar Series Continues March 15

With some job candidates falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments in order to find work in a competitive job market, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Employment and Education Verifications How to Tell What Is Real and What Is Not” on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. To register for the webinar, the third of four webinars in ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), visit: Continue reading

February 2012 Employment Situation Report Shows 227000 Jobs Added

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 227,000 jobs in February 2012 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — FEBRUARY 2012’ report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The report also changed employment figures for December 2011 from a gain of 203,000 jobs to 223,000 jobs, while January 2012 figures were revised from a gain of 243,000 jobs to 284,000 jobs. The Employment Situation Report for February 2012 is available at until the March 2012 Employment Situation report is released on Friday, April 6, 2012. Continue reading

Illinois Bill Would Bar Employers from Asking Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords during Background Checks

A bill – Illinois H.B. 3782 – originally introduced last spring and recently taken up by the Illinois legislature’s Labor Committee would amend the state’s ‘Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act’ to bar employers from asking prospective employees for their usernames or passwords to their social media profiles on sites like Facebook or Twitter. Introduced by State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), H.B. 3782 would make it illegal for employers to gain total access to social media sites of job applicant’s during the hiring process. The full text of Illinois H.B. 3782 is available here. Continue reading

ADP February 2012 Employment Report Shows 216000 Jobs Added to Private Sector

According to the February 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®), employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 216,000 jobs from January 2012 to February 2012, and February’s increase marks the twenty-fifth consecutive monthly gain in private employment as measured by the ADP report. The February 2012 ADP National Employment Report is available at: Continue reading

E-Verify Requirement in Fremont NE Takes Effect March 5 with Grace Period until May 4

The Fremont, Nebraska city council recently voted to implement the E-Verify portions of an immigration petition – ‘Ordinance No. 5165’ – that requires businesses getting a business license in the city or performing work in the city to use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. The ordinance took effect March 5, 2012, and businesses have a grace period of until May 4, 2012 to comply. A copy of the Fremont, Nebraska Ordinance 5165 is available at: Continue reading

North Dakota Diploma Mill Scandal Shows Need for Education Verifications

A recently released audit report of Dickinson State University (DSU) in North Dakota describes the school as a “diploma mill” for foreign students that awarded hundreds of unearned degrees to students mostly from China who did not complete their course work while also enrolling students who did not have qualifying grades. The audit, which examined foreign students who have taken part in a special program since 2003 allowing them to earn degrees both from DSU and a university in their home country, is at: Continue reading

California Assembly Bill 1831 would Prohibit Local Governments from Asking about Criminal History on Initial Job Applications

A new piece of California legislature – Assembly Bill No. 1831 (AB 1831) – would prohibit local governments in the state “from inquiring into or considering the criminal history of an applicant or including any inquiry about criminal history on any initial employment application.” AB 1831 would only authorize a local government to consider the criminal history of a job applicant “after the applicant’s qualifications have been screened and the agency has determined the applicant meets the minimum employment requirements as stated in any notice issued for the position.” California Assembly Bill 1831 is available at: Continue reading

Oregon Criminal Background Check Legislation HB 4091 Passes House and Heads to Senate

The Oregon House recently passed legislation, House Bill 4091 (HB 4091), aimed at removing redundancies, inconsistencies, and holes in Oregon’s systems of criminal background checks and the bill now moves to the Oregon Senate for consideration, according to a news release from the House Democratic Caucus. If passed, HB 4091 would make criminal background checks easier and less costly to track and maintain for volunteers and employees in human service and education positions and would also attempt to make background checks more usable across agencies. Continue reading