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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

FTC Issues Report Examining Data Brokers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Data BrokersThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a report – “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” – that claims data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency and recommends Congress consider enacting legislation to make data broker practices more visible to consumers and to give consumers greater control over their personal information collected and shared by data brokers. The FTC report, the result of a study of nine data brokers representing a cross-section of the industry, is available at http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/data-brokers-call-transparency-accountability-report-federal-trade-commission-may-2014/140527databrokerreport.pdf. Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Blogs about PrivacyLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed House Bill 340 (HB 340), the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act into law to prohibit employers in the state from requesting or requiring access to the personal online accounts of job applicants or employees effective immediately. The full text of HB 340, the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act is available at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=908152&n=HB340 Act. Continue reading

Auto Parts Dealer Faces Background Check Class Action Lawsuit

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Background Check Class Action LawsuitA class action lawsuit filed in Central California against O’Reilly Auto Parts alleges the company obtained and used information from background checks during its hiring processes without obeying state and federal mandates, according to a story on ClassActionNews.com available at http://www.classactionsnews.com/employment/o%E2%80%99reilly-auto-parts-illegal-background-class-action-lawsuit. Continue reading

Rochester NY Votes to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxThe City Council of Rochester, New York has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and prohibit public and private employers in the city with four or more employees from asking about the criminal history of job seekers on applications. A report in the Rochester Democrat Chronicle about the Ban the Box law, which takes effect in 180 days, is available at http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/05/20/city-council-votes-ban-box/9356071/. Continue reading