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Attorneys General from Nine States Send Letter to EEOC Expressing Concern about Background Check Ban

The Attorneys General from nine states – Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia – have sent a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) expressing concern about two recent lawsuits filed by the EEOC against companies that use criminal background checks when hiring new employees. The signed letter dated July 24, 2013 is available at Continue reading

Report Finds Many FBI Criminal Background Checks for Employment Contain Inaccurate Information

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has released a report – ‘Wanted: Accurate FBI Background Checks for Employment’ – that estimates 1.8 million workers a year are subjected to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks that contain “faulty or incomplete information” and that as many as 600,000 of those workers “may be prejudiced in their job search” because of inaccurate FBI records. The complete report is available at Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Discuss Use of Criminal Convictions in Employment at 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will discuss the ‘Use of Criminal Convictions in Employment’ on Friday, August 9, 2013 for the Section of Labor and Employment Law at the 2013 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The panel discussion will take place from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM PST in Moscone Center West, Room 3007, Third Floor. For more information about the Section of Labor and Employment Law at the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting, visit Continue reading

Trucking Company Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Employment Background Checks

A class action lawsuit filed against Swift Transportation in a Virginia federal court claims the company allegedly failed to tell more than 10,000 job applicants that they could “access the same information as the company for background checks and question the information the company reviews in making hiring decisions,” according to a story on The complete story is available at Continue reading

Richmond CA Passes Ban the Box Ordinance Restricting Criminal Background Checks by Employers

A new “Ban the Box” ordinance passed by the City Council of Richmond, California by a 6-1 vote will prohibit private businesses contracting for work with the city “from asking about prior criminal convictions on employment applications” and even “inquiring into the criminal history of an applicant” in some cases, according to a report on the Contra Costa Times website. The report about the “Ban the Box” ordinance, which expands on a 2011 law that removed the question about past criminal convictions from city job applications, is available at Continue reading

July 2013 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows Increase of 162000 Jobs

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 162,000 jobs in July 2013 while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped to 11.5 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 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 Continue reading

FBI Background Checks for Employment Containing Inaccurate Information Can Cost Applicants Jobs

Employers that use Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal databases to background check job applicants could be basing employment decisions on inaccurate information that can cost applicants job opportunities, according to an article in The Washington Post available at Continue reading

July 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 200000 Private Sector Jobs Added during Month

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 200,000 jobs from June 2013 to July 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis with small businesses leading the way by adding of 82,000 jobs, according to the July 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The full July 2013 ADP National Employment Report is available at Continue reading

International Background Checks Webinar with Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen Scheduled for August 1

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the hour long webinar ‘International Background Checks’ with Avant Resources on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Noon Pacific. To learn more, visit Continue reading

Accuracy of Background Checks Under Greater Scrutiny after Reported Cases of Falsified Investigations

The accuracy of background checks has come under greater scrutiny after several reported cases of falsified investigations. The Federal Times reports the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – which oversees background investigations for the government – is investigating a growing list of cases involving the alleged falsifying of security clearance background checks while a “consistent backlog” of similar cases awaits investigation due to a lack of resources. The complete story is available at Continue reading