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TSA Expands Background Screening of Airplane Passengers to Include Employment Information

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expand the background screening of U.S. airplane passengers long before they arrive at the airport for their flights by searching government and private databases that may include a wide variety of records such as employment information, according to a New York Times report available online at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/business/security-check-now-starts-long-before-you-fly.html. Continue reading

E-Verify Self Check Service Working Again after Government Shutdown

The Self Check service of E-Verify – a free web-based application that can be used by anyone in the U.S. over the age of 16 to confirm his or her employment eligibility – is working again after the federal government shutdown ended, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) available at http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-904af4. Continue reading

Illinois Governor Issues Administrative Order to State Agencies to Ban the Box for Hiring

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued Administrative Order 2013-1 to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit state agencies under his jurisdiction from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before evaluating their knowledge, skills, and abilities for the job. The administrative order is available in PDF format at http://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/Documents/2013/adminorder-2013-1.pdf. Continue reading

Delayed September 2013 Employment Situation Report Shows Increase of 148000 Jobs during Month

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 148,000 jobs in September 2013 while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.2 percent and the number of unemployed persons remained unchanged 11.3 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2013’ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Delayed by the recent Federal government shutdown that ended October 17, 2013, the Employment Situation Report is usually released on the first Friday of each month at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Background Checks and Legal Compliance Discussed in Live 90 Minute Audio Conference on October 30

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 90 minute Audio Conference ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance: Avoiding Legal Hot Water’ with Aurora Training Advantage from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. To register for this webinar, which is worth 1.5 PHR/SPHR Credits, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/. Continue reading

EEOC Chair to Speak at Best Practices for Using Criminal Records in Hiring Conference on October 25

The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will join a panel of distinguished speakers discussing criminal background checks at the ‘Best Practices Standards for Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. To register for the event through Wednesday, October 23, 2013, please visit JohnJayConference.lawyerscommittee.org. Continue reading

E-Verify Available to Employers Following End of Government Shutdown

The E-Verify employment eligibility verification system – unavailable since the federal government shutdown began on October 1, 2013 – has resumed operations following the ending of the shutdown and all features and services are now available, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-900f6d. Continue reading

Court of Appeals Upholds Award of 750000 Dollars Against EEOC in Background Check Discrimination Suit

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the award of $751,942 in fees and costs to Peoplemark, Inc. against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after the company refuted the EEOC’s claim that they allegedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by having a “blanket policy” of denying jobs to applicants with criminal records that discriminated against minorities. The opinion of the Courts of Appeals in EEOC v. Peoplemark, Inc., No. 11-2582 (Oct. 7, 2013) is available at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/13a0291p-06.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Speak at Recruiting Trends Conference at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about ‘Keeping it Legal: Pitfalls and Landmines in Using Social Media and Criminal Records’ from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Recruiting Trends Conference 2013 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. For information about the presentation and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.recruitingtrendsconference.com/lester-rosen/#presentation. Continue reading

California Courts Closed Monday October 14 in Observance of Columbus Day

Courts in California are closed this Monday, October 14, 2013 in each of the state’s 58 counties in observance of Columbus Day, according to the schedule on the Court Holidays page of the California Judicial Branch website available at http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm. Continue reading