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Utah to Join Ban the Box Movement to Delay Questions about Criminal Records of Applicants for State Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The state of Utah has joined the so-called “Ban the Box” movement to delay any questions by government employers about the criminal records of job applicants applying for state employment in order to give ex-offenders a fair chance to find work after release from prison, according to a report by the U.S. News & World Report. (UPDATE: The Indiana General Assembly has passed Indiana Senate Bill 312 that prohibits local governments in Indiana from adopting “Ban the Box” ordinances that interfere with an employer’s ability to obtain or use criminal history information during the hiring process to the extent allowed by state or federal law. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has said he will sign the bill, which takes effect on July 1, 2017.) Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources and Fama to Present Webinar on Best Practices for Social Media Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background check provider, will host a live webinar entitled “Top 5 Best Practices for Social Media Background Checks” presented by Ben Mones, CEO and Founder of leading social media screening provider Fama, an integrated ESR partner, on Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT. To register for this event, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3265314621121472770. (To view recorded webinar, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2707791857734137602). Continue reading

Social Media Screening of College Football Prospects Part of Scouting Process for NFL Draft

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Worldwide leader in sports ESPN has communicated with four National Football League (NFL) teams “to examine how they study social media” and found all four confirmed that social media screening is part of their scouting process leading up to the 82nd NFL Draft taking place from Thursday, April 27, 2017, to Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to the article ‘Social scouting: How NFL teams track prospects online’ posted on the ESPN.com website. Continue reading

Los Angeles BCA Offers Resources for Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) is offering resources for a “Ban the Box” law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that restricts inquiry by employers into the criminal records of job applicants until after they make a conditional offer of employment. The Ban the Box law took effect on January 22, 2017, and will begin being enforced on July 1, 2017. Continue reading

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft Drivers Win License Appeals after Failing Mandated Background Checks in Massachusetts

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Of the 1,400 drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft who felt unfairly rejected after failing mandated background checks in Massachusetts and decided to appeal the license ban, 444 have successfully overturned the decision, according to a report on Boston.com. Continue reading

Some Employers Questioning Whether to Stop Drug Testing Job Applicants for Marijuana Use

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia legalizing medical marijuana, U.S. employers performing drug testing face a “conundrum” and are questioning whether they should “stop testing applicants for marijuana use now that more states have legalized it for medicinal or recreational purposes and popular acceptance of the substance has spread,” according to an article from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper on How to Choose an ATS to Work with Your Background Screening Firm

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a strategic choice for background screening – has released a whitepaper authored by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen entitled ‘How to Choose an ATS to Work with Your Background Screening Firm’ that outlines critical factors that employers should consider when choosing an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to automate and streamline their recruitment and hiring process. The complimentary whitepaper is available at www.esrcheck.com/How-To-Choose-ATS/. Continue reading

Congress Introduces Bipartisan Ban the Box Legislation to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have introduced “Ban the Box” legislation – the Fair Chance Act (S.842/H.R.1905) and the REDEEM Act (S.827/H.R.1906) – to ensure that job seekers who have a conviction record in their past are not unfairly shut out from federal employment and considered on their qualifications like other applicants, according to a news release from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Continue reading

USCIS Tells Employers to Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is telling employees who used the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification downloaded between November 14, 2016 – the date the revised version of the Form I-9 was published – and November 17, 2016, to review the form to ensure Social Security numbers (SSNs) of employees appear correctly in Section 1, according to a post on the “What’s New” page in the I-9 Central section of the USCIS website. Continue reading

EEOC Examines Current State of U.S. Workforce and Future Demand for Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 5, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where experts examined the current state of the workforce in the United States and what jobs may be in future demand, according to a press release from the EEOC. Continue reading