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Proposition 47 Reduces Some Felonies to Misdemeanors

Proposition 47 & California Background Check News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ballot measure passed in California on Election Day – Proposition 47 – The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act (Initiative 13-0060) – requires misdemeanor sentences instead of felony sentences for certain drug and property offenses and allows criminal offenders who commit “certain non-serious and non-violent drug and property crimes” to have their felony charges reduced to misdemeanors. To learn more about Proposition 47 – which became law the day after the election on November 5, 2014 – please visit http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/47/. Continue reading

FTC Issues Follow Up Guide for Background Checks

ESR News Blogs about FTC & Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a follow-up guide – Background Checks – Tips For Job Applicants and Employees – that expands on a March 2014 joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the FTC: Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know. The new guide further specifies the rights of applicants and employees under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and anti-discrimination laws when employers run background checks. The new guide is available at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0044-background-checks.pdf. Continue reading

California Courts Closed for Veterans Day November 11

Veterans Day Information

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Courts and judicial branch offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. For a Court Holidays schedule that lists the days on which the California courts will be closed, visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm. Continue reading

October Jobs Report Shows 214,000 Jobs Added

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 214,000 jobs in October 2014 while the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent and the number of unemployed persons declined to  9.0 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — OCTOBER 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The most recent jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Ban the Box Webinar for Employers on November 12

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ban the Box laws that remove criminal history questions from job applications are spreading rapidly across the United States and fast becoming a national standard that will soon affect most employers. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a complimentary webinar titled Ban the Box – What Employers Need to Know on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for this webinar, please visit http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4488944598710491905. Continue reading

Hiring for the Holidays Webinar on November 13

ESR News Blog

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the holiday season upon us, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the webinar with AIB International titled “Hiring for the Holidays: Pitfalls and Opportunities” on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The webinar will begin at 11:00 AM PST/12:00 PM MST/1:00 PM CST/2:00 PM EST and last 90 minutes. To learn more, visit the AIB International website. Continue reading

October ADP National Employment Report: 230,000 Jobs Added

Jobs Report Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 230,000 jobs from September to October with small and medium-sized businesses leading the way with a combined 224,000 jobs added, according to the October 2014 ADP National Employment Report®. The report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/October/NER/NER-October-2014.aspx. Continue reading

Publix to Settle Lawsuit Over Background Checks for $6.8 Million

Background Checks Lawsuits

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Publix Super Markets Inc. will pay approximately $6.8 million to settle a class action lawsuit that alleges the company violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for not making “legally required disclosures about background checks to job applicants,” according to a report on TheLedger.com available at http://www.theledger.com/article/20141028/NEWS/141029338. Continue reading

Montgomery County MD Enacts Ban the Box Law

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Council has unanimously enacted a Ban the Box law – amended Bill 36-14 – to delay the point at which employers in the County may inquire into the criminal history of applicants for County jobs until the conclusion of the first interview. A press release about the Ban the Box law is available on the Montgomery County website at http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/Apps/Council/PressRelease/PR_detailsNew.asp?PrID=14203. Continue reading

Background Screening Expert to Speak at SF EAC Meeting

Background Screening News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help keep businesses productive and out of court, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen will speak about ‘Pre-employment Background Screening Trends and Best Practices’ at the San Francisco Employer Advisory Council (SF EAC) General Meeting on Thursday, November 6, 2014. For more information about the event – which takes place from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Chinatown North Beach Campus, 808 Kearny Street, 9th Floor, Room 905 – visit http://ceac.org/region_2/san_francisco_eac/calendar_of_events/. Continue reading