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September 2013 Employment Situation Report from DOL Postponed Due to Government Shutdown

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has postponed the release the September 2013 Employment Situation report compiled by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) originally planned for Friday, October 4, 2013 “due to the lapse in funding” and an alternative release date has not yet been scheduled, according to news release available at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20132030.htm. Continue reading

EEOC and FTC Among Many Federal Agencies Closed During Government Shutdown

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an agency that promotes consumer protection and fair business practices, are among the many federal agencies related to the workplace that are closed during the government shutdown that began October 1, 2013. The EEOC shutdown notice is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/shutdown_notice.cfm and the FTC shutdown notice is available at http://www.ftc.gov/shutdown.html. Continue reading

September 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 166000 Jobs Added

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 166,000 jobs from August 2013 to September 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the September 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The complete September 2013 ADP National Employment Report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/September/NER/NER-September-2013.aspx. Continue reading

Government Shutdown Means Federal E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System Unavailable

The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system is currently unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began today, October 1, 2013, according to an alert on the E-Verify page of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The complete alert about the E-Verify unavailability is available at https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/vislogin.aspx?JS=YES. Continue reading

Congressional Briefing on Consequences of Inaccurate Background Checks for Employment Scheduled for October 1

A Congressional Briefing entitled ‘The Consequences of Inaccurate Employment Background Checks’ that should feature a report from the National Law Employment Project (NELP) – ‘Wanted: Accurate FBI Background Checks for Employment’ – that examines the accuracy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks will take place Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building (CHOB) in Washington D.C. The report from NELP is available at http://www.nelp.org/accurateFBIrecords. Continue reading

Senate Committee Hearing on Navy Yard Tragedy Examining Government Background Checks Set for October 1

A hearing titled ‘The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks’ will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the recent Navy Yard shooting and the role of background checks in the government.  The hearing will be held in Room SD-342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. beginning at 10:30 AM. For more information, visit http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/the-navy-yard-tragedy-examining-government-clearances-and-background-checks. Continue reading

Nevada Law Restricting Employer Access to Credit Reports and Social Media Accounts Takes Effect October 1

A new law in Nevada signed by Governor Brian Sandoval – Assembly Bill 181 (A.B. 181) – will restrict employer access to social media accounts and credit report information of both employees and job applicants beginning on October 1, 2013. The full text of Nevada Assembly Bill 181 is available at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/AB/AB181.pdf. Continue reading

ICE Cracks Down on Form I-9 Compliance by Handing Notices of Inspection to 1000 Businesses

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched its latest crackdown on Form I-9 compliance and the hiring illegal workers by handing a Notice of Inspection (NOI) to approximately 1,000 businesses in the past few weeks, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324755104579071331936331534.html.

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Report Examines Employer Compliance with New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Released in 2012

A report from Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, PA titled ‘EEOC’s Criminal Record Guidance One Year Later: Lessons from the Community’ examines employer compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ released on April 25, 2012. The complete report by Sharon M. Dietrich, Managing Attorney of CLS, is available at http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/1624843/1552763922/name/EEOC%20CHR%20guidance%20one%20year%20later%20-%20policy%20paper.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Responds to Attorneys General Letter Urging Reconsideration of Criminal Background Check Guidance

The Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has responded to a letter sent in July 2013 from the Attorneys General of nine states – Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia – that urged the EEOC to reconsider positions expressed in its ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ approved in April 2012. The complete EEOC letter is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/EEOC-Response-to-AG-Letter.pdf. Continue reading