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Albany County NY Legislature Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On February 13, 2017, the Albany County (NY) Legislature voted 32 to 3 to approve “Local Law N” to Ban the Box and remove the check box on county job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record, according to a report on the WAMC/Northeast Public Radio website. Continue reading

New Jersey Law Will Require Uber and Lyft Drivers to Undergo Driving and Criminal Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law new legislation – the “Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act” (A3695) – that will license and regulate transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft and require them to meet insurance coverage standards and conduct driving and criminal background checks on drivers. The law takes effect on May 1, 2017. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Job Forecast Finds Best Hiring Outlook in a Decade for 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two in five employers – 40 percent – plan to hire full-time permanent employees over the next 12 months while three in 10 employees expect to hire part-time permanent staff, making the hiring outlook for 2017 the best the U.S. has seen in a decade, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mills Settle FTC Charges of Misleading Consumers with Fake Diplomas

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The operators of two online “high schools” have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled tens of thousands of consumers by falsely claiming to be accredited schools while actually being alleged diploma mills that sold worthless fake diplomas, according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on California Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for Business and Legal Resources (BLR) entitled ‘California Background Checks: Best Practices for Hiring in the Golden State’ on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To register for this webinar, visit http://store.blr.com/ca-background-checks-022317. Continue reading

Kentucky Governor Issues Order to Ban the Box from State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On February 1, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal conviction history from the initial application for all state jobs in the executive branch, according to a news report on Governor Bevin’s website. Continue reading

Report Recommends Increased Employee Screening of Airport Workers to Mitigate Insider Threats

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The House Homeland Security Committee Majority Staff has issued a report entitled ‘America’s Airports: The Threat From Within’ that examines employee screening at the approximately 450 airports in the U.S. under federal control and found that “much more needs to be done to improve the state of access controls and mitigate the insider threat facing America’s aviation sector.” Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen Examines Negligent Hiring and Background Checks in Webinar

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar for TrainHR entitled “Negligent Hiring and Background Checks – Best Practices and Legal Compliance” on Monday, February 13, 2017 starting at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Continue reading

Third Edition of Safe Hiring Manual by Attorney Lester Rosen Published to Help Employers Conduct Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nationally recognized background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has authored an updated and enhanced third edition of his comprehensive book on background screening entitled “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers”  (Facts on Demand Press/826 pages) to help employers conduct legal background checks. For more information and to order this book, which was published in January of 2017, please visit www.esrcheck.com/The-Safe-Hiring-Manual/. Continue reading

January 2017 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 227,000 Jobs in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 227,000 jobs in January 2017 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Continue reading