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August 2013 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows Increase of 169000 Jobs

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 169,000 jobs in August 2013 while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.3 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped to 11.3 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2013’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS Employment Situation Report is released on the first Friday of each month at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

August 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 176000 Jobs Added

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 176,000 jobs from July 2013 to August 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the August 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The complete report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/August/NER/NER-August-2013.aspx. Continue reading

New Jersey Limits Ability of Employers to Access Social Media Accounts of Employees and Job Applicants

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law Assembly Bill A2878/S1915 that limits the ability of employers to require employees and job applicants to disclose user names, passwords, or other means for accessing social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter or other services through electronic communications devices. The full text of New Jersey Assembly Bill A2878/S1915 – which takes effect December 1, 2013 – is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/A3000/2878_R4.PDF. Continue reading

History of Labor Day Holiday Explained on Department of Labor Website

Curious about the meaning behind Labor Day, the national holiday for workers celebrated on the first Monday of September each year in America? Labor Day will be celebrated September 2, 2013 this year and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has a web page that explains the history of the holiday, which includes a dispute over the person who first proposed the day off for workers. The DOL web page ‘The History of Labor Day’ is available online at http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm. Continue reading

USCIS Releases Latest Report Showing Accuracy of E-Verify System Improving

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the results of the most recent Westat Survey titled ‘EVALUATION OF THE ACCURACY OF E-VERIFY FINDINGS’ conducted on the accuracy of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. The full 145-page report – completed in July 2012 but only now being released to the public a year later – is available online at: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Everify%20Studies/Evaluation%20of%20the%20Accuracy%20of%20EVerify%20Findings.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check of National Security Agency Leaker Found to be Inadequate

A federal review of the most recent background check conducted on former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has found that the security clearance investigation of Snowden – who later leaked classified government documents about secret surveillance programs – was inadequate, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. The article from the WSJ is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324906304579039381125706104.html. Continue reading

New California Law Creates Consistent Criminal Background Check Policy for Volunteer Coaches in Youth Sports

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law – Assembly Bill 465 (AB 465) – to help protect children who participate in community youth athletic programs from sexually abusive and violent individuals by creating a consistent criminal background check policy across the state for volunteer coaches in youth sports. A report in the Contra Costa (CA) Times about the signing of AB 465 is available at http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23949088/governor-signs-bill-authorizing-criminal-background-checks-volunteer. Continue reading

Whitepaper Reveals Eight Warning Signs that Employers Should Reconsider their Background Screening Providers

Since background checks are a crucial part of the hiring process in today’s business world, leading payroll and HR solutions provider Paycor® has teamed up with Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), for the whitepaper ‘8 Warning Signs You Should Reconsider Your Background Screening Provider.’ The link to download the complimentary whitepaper is available on the Paycor website at http://www.paycor.com/download-background-screening-whitepaper. Continue reading

House Bill 2865 Seeks to Provide Fairness and Accuracy in FBI Criminal Background Checks for Employment

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – ‘H.R. 2865 – Fairness and Accuracy in Employment Background Checks Act of 2013’ – seeks to provide safeguards with respect to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal background checks prepared for employment purposes. The complete text of H.R. 2865 is available at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2865/text. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Reveals Top Background Check Trends at 2013 Colorado SHRM State Conference

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ at the 2013 Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) State Conference on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM MT at the Keystone Resort and Conference Center in Keystone, Colorado. For more information, visit http://coshrmstateconference.org/. Continue reading