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E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum for Employers on June 23

Written By Thomas Ahearn

E-Verify NewsThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – is inviting employers to a virtual E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum on Monday, June 23, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the E-Verify and Form I-9 federal employment eligibility verification programs. A E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum flyer is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/E-Verify-FormI-9-Virtual-Forum-Flyer.pdf. Continue reading

Privacy Big Issue when Recruiting Applicants on Internet

Written By Thomas Ahearn

RecruitingPrivacy is a significant issue when using the Internet for recruiting job applicants as more employers rely on social media as a key source from which to acquire talent, according to the article ‘Is Using the Internet to Recruit a Violation of an Applicant’s Privacy? Part I’ on the Recruiting Trends web site by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). The complete article is available at http://www.recruitingtrends.com/thought-leadership/570-is-using-the-internet-to-recruit-a-violation-of-an-applicant-s-privacy-part-i. Continue reading

Court Approves Settlement in Background Checks Lawsuit

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Background Checks LawsuitsA New Jersey federal court has approved an $870,500 settlement between New Jersey-based New England Motor Freight and a group of 7,000 truck drivers who claimed that “the carrier denied them employment after conducting criminal background checks and obtaining credit reports and driver history records without their authorization,” according to a story on the Transport Topics website available at http://www.ttnews.com/articles/showtemplate.aspx?storyid=35124&t=Court-Approves-Settlement-in-New-Jersey-Background-Check-Lawsuit. Continue reading

May Jobs Report Shows Increase of 217000 Jobs

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Jobs Report BlogsTotal nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 217,000 jobs in May 2014 while the unemployment rate at 6.3 percent and the number of unemployed persons at  9.8 million remained unchanged, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The May 2014 jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Uber Driver with Criminal Past Allegedly Hit Passenger

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs - Criminal RecordsA driver with car service company Uber who passed a background check even though he had a criminal record is accused of physically assaulting his passenger and faces criminal charges, according to an article on Forbes.com available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/06/03/uber-driver-with-felony-conviction-charged-with-battery-for-allegedly-hitting-passenger/. Continue reading

May 2014 ADP Employment Report Shows 179000 Jobs Added

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Employment ReportPrivate sector employment in the United States increased by 179,000 jobs from April to May, according to the May 2014 ADP National Employment Report produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The employment report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/May/NER/NER-May-2014.aspx. Continue reading

EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Examined in Webinar

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EEOCIn April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved updated Guidance on the use of criminal records during the hiring process. To help employers comply with the EEOC, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an hour long webinar with Avant Resources titled ‘Proper Use of Criminal Records When Hiring: Best Practices for Complying with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidelines’ on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET. To learn more, visit http://www.avantresources.com/store/proper-use-of-criminal-records-when-hiring2014-05-30-19-16-20-detail. Continue reading

Former UC Berkeley Administrator Allegedly Stole From School

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EducationA former research administrator at UC Berkeley who had a prior conviction for embezzlement allegedly stole “tens of thousands of dollars” from the university, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The full story is available at http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/UC-Berkeley-administrator-stole-thousands-5517119.php. Continue reading

Baltimore Mayor Signs Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a signed a Ban the Box bill to make private employers in the city remove a box from job applications that asks if applicants have a criminal record, according to a report from WJZ-TV CBS 13 on CBSBaltimore.com. The full story about the signing of the bill, which takes effect 90 days after adoption, is available at http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/05/29/rawlings-blake-signs-ban-the-box-bill/. Continue reading

Tennessee Passes Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Blogs about PrivacyTennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a password protection law – the “Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014” (S.B. 1808) – which will prevent employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring employees and job applicants to disclose usernames and passwords for their personal internet accounts except under certain circumstances. The full text of this new law, which takes effect January 1, 2015, is available at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1808.pdf. Continue reading