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Report Shows Almost Two Million Unemployed Americans Risk Unemployment Insurance Cut Offs in January 2012

According to a new report issued by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) – “Hanging on by a Thread” – nearly two million unemployed Americans will be cut off from federal unemployment insurance in January 2012 and millions more will face the same fate in the months following unless Congress reauthorizes the programs before they expire on December 31, 2011. The report warns a cut in federal unemployment insurance programs known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB) would deal blows to the unemployed, businesses, and the U.S. economy. The report is at: Continue reading

Sex Offender Who Passed Background Check to Officiate Youth Sports Shows Criminal Database Information Can Be Unreliable

A recent story from The Arizona Republic about a convicted sex offender who passed a background check and worked as an umpire and official for youth sports reveals how database information that federal and state governments provide on sex offenders for background checks can sometimes be inconsistent and unreliable. Continue reading

Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 Prohibits Cities, Counties, and Special Districts in California from Requiring the Use of E-Verify

While several U.S. states have passed laws requiring use of the electronic employment eligibility verification system known as E-Verify, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 (A.B. 1236) that opposes E-Verify mandates and prohibits – except as required by federal law or as a condition of receiving federal funds – cities, counties, and special districts in California from requiring employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system such as E-Verify. To read the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011, visit: Continue reading

California Passes AB 22 Placing Restrictions on Use of Credit Checks by Employers

Effective January 1, 2012, employers or prospective employers in California – with the exception of certain financial institutions – will be prohibited from obtaining consumer credit reports to use in the hiring and promotion process after Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) that restricts usage of consumer credit reports for employment purposes. California now joins Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington as U.S. states that currently limit the use of credit checks by employers. To read AB 22, visit: Continue reading

Governor Brown Signs Two Bills Impacting Use of Credit Reports and E-Verify by Employers in California

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two Assembly Bills – ‘AB 22’ and ‘AB 1236’ – that will impact the way employers in the state conduct credit report checks on job applicants and use the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system to check the work authorization status of newly hired employees. AB 22 prohibits most employers or prospective employers from obtaining consumer credit reports for employment purposes while AB 1236, the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011, prevents state and local governments from requiring California businesses to use E-Verify to check if newly hired workers are legally eligible to work in the United States. The new laws take effect January 1, 2012. Continue reading

September 2011 Jobs Report Shows Employment Gained 103000 Jobs during Month

According to the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2011’ released today, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 103,000 jobs led by gains in professional and business services, health care, and construction. In more good news, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for July 2011 was revised up from 85,000 to 127,000 jobs and the change for August 2011 was revised up from 0 to 57,000 jobs. The Employment Situation report for September 2011 is available at: Continue reading

Survey Finds Nearly All Retailers Polled Use Background Screening to Keep Customers and Stores Safe

Illustrating the importance of employee background screening in keeping customers and retailers safe, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has released a new survey completed by retail executives from nearly 100 of the nation’s leading department stores, mass merchants, discounters, drug stores, grocery stores, and restaurants that shows nearly all retailers polled – 96.6 percent – utilize some form background screening during the application, hiring, and employment process. The NRF ‘Background Screening: Protecting Retailers and Consumers’ Survey is available for download at: Continue reading

Federal Judge Issues Ruling Upholding Mandatory Usage of E-Verify by Alabama Employers

Ruling on the recently-enacted Alabama immigration law House Bill 56 (H.B. 56), Chief Judge Sharon Blackburn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama has issued a 115 page opinion upholding the order that Alabama employers must confirm the work authorized status of all new workers using the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system beginning April 1, 2012 or face penalties for hiring unauthorized aliens. In addition, businesses in Alabama must enroll in E-Verify by January 1, 2012 and attest by sworn affidavit to not knowingly employ, hire, or continue to employ unauthorized aliens to receive government contracts and grants from the State. Continue reading

White Paper Helps Employers and Recruiters Manage Risks of Using Internet for Employment Screening Background Checks

 Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check provider accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has released a new white paper titled ‘Managing the Risks of Using the Internet for Employment Screening Background Checks’ to provide an informative introduction to the risks and roadblocks employers and recruiters face using Internet search engines like Google and social network sites such as Facebook for recruitment and employment screening, as well as potential solutions to avoid legal issues. The complimentary white paper from ESR is available for download at: Continue reading

Internal Revenue Service Launches New Voluntary Classification Settlement Program for Worker Misclassification Amnesty

Designed to increase tax compliance and provide past payroll tax relief to employers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) that will enable employers to resolve past worker classification issues and achieve certainty under the tax law at a low cost by voluntarily reclassifying their workers, according to a news release from the IRS website.

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