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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

Risk Management Strategy Webinar Hosted by Background Check Expert on July 23

Attorney Lester Rosen, a background check expert and founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a two hour long webinar for BankInfoSecurity.com titled ‘Risk Management: New Strategies for Employee Screening’ on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM Eastern (12:30 PM Pacific) to discuss the latest background check trends facilitating risk management practices that include re-screening current employees after they are initially screened when hired. For more information on the webinar, visit: http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/webinars/risk-management-new-strategies-for-employee-screening-w-282. Continue reading

Yahoo Background Check Language Changed in Offer Letter to Newly Hired CEO Mayer

Sunnyvale, California-based internet corporation Yahoo! has changed the language concerning background checks in its offer letter to newly hired CEO Marissa Mayer from what the company previously used in an offer letter to former CEO Scott Thompson, according to a blog on the Wall Street Journal website ‘Yahoo Tweaks Background Check Language for Mayer.’ Thompson left the company in May 2012 after a discrepancy in his academic credentials was publicly revealed. Continue reading

EEOC July 18 Meeting Allows Public to Present Views on Proposed Strategic Enforcement Plan

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – held a public meeting on July 18, 2012 to hear views on its proposed Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) from representatives of academic, business, civil rights, and federal sector communities, along with former EEOC leaders and current employees. The press release about the July 18 meeting is available at: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/7-18-12.cfm. Testimony and transcripts from the July 18 meeting will be available at: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/meetings/7-18-12/index.cfm. Continue reading

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Adopts Rule to Supervise Larger Credit Reporting Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has adopted a rule to begin supervising larger consumer reporting agencies – including the “big three” credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for the first time at the federal level, according to a CFPB press release ‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to supervise credit reporting.’ The rule outlining the CFPB’s supervision of larger consumer reporting agencies, which will be effective September 30, 2012, is available here: ‘Defining Larger Participants of the Consumer Reporting Market.’ Continue reading

New Pennsylvania Law Requires E-Verify Use for State Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors

A bill recently signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett – Act No. 127 (formerly Senate Bill 637), The Public Works Employment Verification Act – requires all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state to enroll in and use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees in the United States.  The text of the new legislation, which will take effect January 1, 2013, is available here: The Public Works Employment Verification Act. Continue reading

California Background Check Laws Examined at Annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on July 18

To help Human Resources professionals stay in compliance with new laws regulating background checks in California, Jared Callahan, Director of Business Development for San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and a licensed Private Investigator, will present the session “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” at the annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. For more information about the one day conference, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco, CA, visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

Report on Sandusky Scandal Finds Penn State University Criminal Background Check System Inadequate but Improving

An independent report investigating the actions of Penn State University (PSU) surrounding the child abuse committed by ex-employee Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky from ex-FBI director Louis Freeh and his law firm has found PSU’s criminal background check system “inadequate” but improving. The ‘Report of the Special Investigative Counsel Regarding the Actions of The Pennsylvania State University Related to the Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Gerald A. Sandusky’ from Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP is available at: http://thefreehreportonpsu.com/. (Warning: Document may contain content only suitable for adults.) Continue reading