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July Jobs Report Shows 215,000 Jobs Gained

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Total nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 215,000 jobs in July while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons both remained unchanged at 5.3 percent and 8.3 percent respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2015’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Bill Would Prohibit Employers from Using Credit Reports in Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate – the “Equal Employment for All Act of 2015” – would amend the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit employers from using the credit reports of job applicants and current employees during background checks for employment. The text of the legislation is at http://www.warren.senate.gov/files/documents/Equal_Employment_for_All_Act_of_2015.pdf. Continue reading

Businesses Charged with Violating Seattle Ban the Box Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) records reveal 40 businesses were charged in the last year with allegedly violating the Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance, a Ban the Box law that took effect on November 1, 2013 that prohibits employers from asking about criminal history on job applications or advertising that jobs require background checks, reports KING 5 in Seattle, WA. Continue reading

USCIS Offers Free Form I-9 and E-Verify Webinars in August 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – is offering employers free Form I-9 and E-Verify Webinars in August 2015. To view the full Form I-9 and E-Verify webinar schedule, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/e-verify-webinars/take-free-webinar. Continue reading

Woman Sues Credit Reporting Agencies for Declaring Her Dead

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A St. Louis, Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit against the “big three” credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for declaring her “deceased” in her credit files and making it impossible for her to receive credit or loans, according to a story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Continue reading

Form I-9 Non-Compliance Leads to $600,000 Fine

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A company was fined more than $600,000 after the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued a decision finding the employer liable for more than 800 Form I-9 violations of hiring employees to work in the United States without properly examining and documenting their identity. The decision is at http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/pages/attachments/2015/07/15/1255.pdf. Continue reading

Criminal Records a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen for California Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers in California deal with complex laws regarding the use of criminal records during background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled “Criminal Records and California Employers: A Lawsuit Waiting to Happen” on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT at the HR in California Virtual Event hosted by HR.com and the Institute for Human Resources (IHR). To register, please click here. Continue reading

Consumer Reporting Fairness Act Would Help Fix Inaccurate Credit Reports

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate – S. 1773 – the “Consumer Reporting Fairness Act of 2015” – would require creditors to inform consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) that certain debts have been discharged in bankruptcy cases, making it easier for consumers who rid themselves of credit card debt to fix inaccurate credit reports that do not reflect a clean financial slate. The text of S. 1773 is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1773/text. Continue reading

OPM Restores e-QIP Online Background Check System

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has restored access to the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) online federal background check system taken offline in June after a massive data breach was discovered, according to an update on the e-QIP Application web page. Continue reading