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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: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_February_12.pdf. 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: http://www.fremontne.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=770. 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: http://www.ndus.edu/uploads/reports/96/dsu-internal-review-ddj-final-draft1-020912.pdf. 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: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1801-1850/ab_1831_bill_20120222_introduced.pdf. 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

Identity Theft Tops Federal Trade Commission List of Complaints for 2011

For the 12th year in a row, identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for 2011. Of more than 1.8 million complaints filed in 2011, 279,156 – or 15 percent – were identity theft complaints, and nearly 25 percent of those identity theft complaints were related tax- or wage-related fraud. For more information about the FTC’s Top Complaint Categories for 2011, visit: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/02/2011complaints.shtm. Continue reading

Massachusetts Data Privacy Protection Law Third Party Provision Takes Effect March 1

The Massachusetts Offices of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations (OCABR) passed strict data privacy and security regulations ‘201 CMR 17.00: STANDARDS FOR THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION OF RESIDENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH’ that went into effect March 1, 2010 to protect the personal information of Massachusetts residents by requiring businesses to have a multitude of safeguards including a comprehensive Written Information Security Policy (WISP). Effective March 1, 2012, any company, in any location, that holds the personal information of Massachusetts residents must amend its existing third party vendor contracts to require compliance with Massachusetts data security regulations. The law is available at:  http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/docs/idtheft/201cmr1700reg.pdf. Continue reading

New California Background Check Laws for 2012 Examined at LA HR Star Conference on February 29

To help Human Resources professionals comply with new background check laws in California, Jared Callahan, the Director of Business Development for 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 Los Angeles HR Star Conference on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. To register for the LA HR Star conference, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Continue reading

Social Media Background Checks Examined as Safe Hiring Webinar Series Continues March 1

With interest in social media background checks skyrocketing lately, including a new study claiming that a quick review of Facebook profiles of job applicants can predict future job success, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites for Employment Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST to examine the pros and cons of employers using information found online. To register for the webinar, the second of four in ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), visit: http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38879&instance=0. Continue reading