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Long Term Unemployment Worse Than Having a Criminal Record for Job Candidates Survey Finds

An anonymous survey of 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers found it was less difficult to place a job candidate with a non-felony criminal record in a new job than a long term unemployed candidate out of work for more than two years. The survey also revealed “job hopping” by younger candidates – defined as leaving a job within one year of being hired – damaged employment prospects more than unemployment or age. For more information, visit: http://www.bullhornreach.com/content/recruiter-survey-results. For an infographic illustrating the findings, please visit: http://bit.ly/PL1p9E. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Manual Author Attorney Lester Rosen Updates Book for New Expanded Second Edition

Attorney Lester Rosen, the Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) who “wrote the book on background checks,” has authored a new updated and expanded second edition of his comprehensive handbook on background screening, ‘The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers’ (Facts on Demand Press). The 736 page book, which will be published in October 2012, includes new chapters on the April 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on criminal records and social media background checks. For more information and to order the book, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/SafeHiringManual.php. Continue reading

USCIS Releases New E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program Enhancements on September 16

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – released several new enhancements for the E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program on September 16, 2012 that will go into effect immediately, according to the ‘What’s New’ page on the USCIS website. For more information about E-Verify, visit: http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Continue reading

North Carolina E-Verify Law Requires Use by Employers with 500 or More Employees Starting October 1

A law enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011 that requires businesses in the state with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification program to verify the work authorization of newly hired employees will continue to be phased in over the next year, and employers with 500 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify beginning October 1, 2012. The full text of House Bill 36 (H.B. 36) “An Act To Require Counties, Cities, And Employers To Use The Federal E-Verify Program To Verify The Work Authorization Of Newly Hired Employees” is available at: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H36v7.pdf. Continue reading

Department of Labor Issues Training Letter to Job Banks on New EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in conjunction with the Civil Rights Center (CRC), has issued a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) to public Job Banks and other “covered entities” on complying with nondiscrimination provisions that include new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on criminal record restrictions and disparate impact based on race and national origin. The ‘TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 31-11’ is available at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=9230. Continue reading

CFPB Releases Examination Procedures for Larger Consumer Reporting Agencies to Verify Companies are Complying with Law

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released the examination procedures to be used in examining larger credit bureaus and Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) so CFPB examiners may verify that these companies are complying with requirements of federal consumer financial law. The CFPB’s authority to supervise larger consumer reporting companies takes effect September 30, 2012. The ‘Examination Procedures for Larger Participants of the Consumer Reporting Market’ is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201209_cfpb_Consumer_Reporting_Examination_Procedures.pdf. Continue reading

Webinar Shows How to Legally Use Criminal Records and Social Media Searches in Background Checks

To help show employers how to conduct legal background checks, Jared Callahan of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) will present a webinar with Business & Legal Resources (BLR) titled ‘Background Checks: How to Legally Use Criminal Records, Social Media Searches, and More’ on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST (1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EST). For more information about the webinar, visit: http://catalog.blr.com/product.cfm/product/30744400. Continue reading

Proposal would Delay Criminal Background Checks by Employers in Seattle until Later in Hiring Process

A proposal by Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell would prevent most employers in the city of Seattle, Washington from denying jobs to job applicants based solely on their criminal history by delaying criminal background checks until later in the hiring process, according to a report from KOMO News Channel 4. Continue reading

August 2012 BLS Employment Report Shows 96000 Jobs Added while ADP Employment Report Finds 201000 Jobs Gained

Two employment reports released this week differed noticeably in calculating the number of jobs created in August 2012. ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2012’ released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States rose by 96,000 jobs while the August 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) released Thursday found employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 201,000 jobs. The BLS report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf while the ADP report is available at: http://adpemploymentreport.com/PDF/FINAL_Report_August_12.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak about Social Media Background Checks at ASIS International 2012 on September 10

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will speak on the topic of ‘Using Social Networking Sites, Search Engines, and Web 2.0 to Screen Applicants: Caution Advised!’ on Monday, September 10, 2012, from 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM EST at the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information about Rosen’s session at ASIS International 2012, visit: http://www.asis2012.org/. Continue reading