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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seeks Public Comment on Strategic Enforcement Plan by September 18

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has released a draft of the EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) open for public comment until September 18, 2012.  The draft of the SEP, which will integrate all components of the EEOC’s private, public, and federal sector enforcement, is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/sep_public_draft.cfm. Continue reading

Employment Background Screening and New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Discussed in Webinar on September 6

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of three panelists participating in an encore presentation of a 90 minute CLE webinar/teleconference from Strafford 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 Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT (10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PDT). For more information, visit: http://www.straffordpub.com/products/pre-employment-background-screening-after-eeocs-new-guidance-2012-09-06. Continue reading

Bank Worker Fired Under Strict FDIC Guidelines after Background Check Uncovers Minor Crime from 1963

The Des Moines Register reports a 68-year-old man in Iowa was fired from his job as customer service representative at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage after a background check uncovered a nearly half century old minor crime from 1963 listed as “fraud” in which he stuck a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine. The story is the latest about bank workers being fired for minor criminal incidents in their distant pasts under strict new Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) guidelines for banking employment. The article is available here: ‘Wells Fargo fires Des Moines worker for laundromat incident 49 years ago’. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes Second Draft of New Proposed Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and Extends Public Comment Period

A notice published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an extension of the public comment period on changes in a second draft of the new proposed ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ that employers must complete for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The notice, which has a 30-day comment period ending on September 21, 2012, is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-22/pdf/2012-20631.pdf. The second draft of new Form I-9 is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2006-0068-0205. Continue reading

Report Showing 1 in 5 IT Resumes in India Fake Underscores Need for International Background Checks

A news report from The Times of India about rampant resume fraud in India’s Information Technology (IT) services sector revealed that hiring experts say typically 20 percent or one in every five resumes – also known as CVs (Curriculum Vitae) – in the industry are fake or have forged information, underscoring the need for U.S. businesses to conduct international background checks. The Times of India report is available here: ‘Indian IT’s HR headache: 1 in 5 CVs fake’. Continue reading

Best Companies to Work For in 2012 May Fail to Make Online Job Seekers Feel Welcome at Websites

Many employers ranking among Fortune’s list of ‘2012 Best Companies to Work For’ failed to make job seekers feel welcome at their websites due to needlessly complicated online applications, irrelevant questions, and ignored résumés, according to the results of the annual Mystery Job Seeking survey from staffing industry consulting firm CareerXRoads. The results of the August 2012 survey are available at: http://careerxroads.com/colloquium/files/2012%20Mystery%20Job%20Seeker.pdf. Continue reading

Republican Party Platform May Call for Mandatory Use of E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program by All US Employers

A draft version of the Republican National Committee (RNC) platform briefly available on the RNC website last week calls for a national E-verify electronic employment eligibility verification program to be used by all businesses in the United States to verify the legal work authorization status of all newly hired U.S. workers. The draft version of the RNC platform discovered by Politico.com on Friday has been reposted on their website here: ‘Preview of Reforming Government to Serve the People – GOP’. Continue reading

FTC Offers Child Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Parents to Protect Personal Information of Kids at School

Just in time for the beginning of a new school year, which usually requires parents to fill out paperwork such as registration forms and emergency contact information, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers child identity theft prevention tips in the blog ‘Protecting Your Child’s Personal Information at School’ to let parents know that many school forms containing the personal and sensitive information of their children could be used to commit fraud in their child’s name if the information falls into the wrong hands. To read the blog, visit: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/protecting-your-childs-personal-information-school. Continue reading

Small Business Data Protection Survey Finds 85 Percent of Small Businesses Believe Data Breach Unlikely

According to The Hartford Small Business Data Protection Survey, an overwhelming 85 percent of small business owners believe a data breach is unlikely and many do not implement security measures to help protect customer or employee data, this despite the fact that the number of data breaches involving smaller businesses is growing. For more information about the survey from The Hartford, visit: http://newsroom.thehartford.com/News-Releases/Small-Business-Owners-Despite-Being-Increasingly-Targeted-Believe-Data-Breach-Unlikely-50c.aspx. Continue reading

EEOC Must Testify On Own Use of Criminal Background Checks and Credit Histories for Employment Screening

A federal district Court in Maryland has ruled that an employer sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for alleged discriminatory use of criminal background checks and credit histories in hiring may compel the EEOC the testify regarding the agency’s own use of criminal records and credit information for employment screening. The ruling EEOC v. Freeman, D. Md., No. 09-2573, 8/14/12 is available here: http://op.bna.com/dlrcases.nsf/id/kmgn-8x7jwz/$File/freemanprotect.pdf. Continue reading