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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 http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. 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 http://wapo.st/17cC0Kn. 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 http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/July/NER/NER-July-2013.aspx. 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 http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/International-Background-Checks-179/. 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 http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20130707/ACQUISITION03/307070009/Backlog-bogus-background-checks-grows. Continue reading

Ban the Box Movement Limiting Criminal History Questions on Job Applications Spreads Across US

More cities and states are joining the “Ban the Box” movement limiting questions employers may ask about criminal records on job applications. In June 2013, Rhode Island become the latest state to enact a “Ban the Box” law when it passed Senate Bill 357 (SB 357) to limit inquiries on employment applications regarding past criminal convictions except when federal or state law specifically disqualifies a person from employment due to a prior conviction or authorizes such inquiries. The full text of SB 357 – which will take effect on January 1, 2014 – is available at http://openstates.org/ri/bills/2013/SB357/. Continue reading

EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Focuses on Employment Discrimination during Background Checks

In April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – voted to update the Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The updated Guidance, which focuses on employment discrimination based on race and national origin, is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Urges Caution When Using Social Networking Sites to Background Check Applicants

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a Webcast titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ for the HR.com Institute of Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Conference from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM ET on Thursday, July 25, 2013. For more information about this free event, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Caution-Using-Social-Networking-Sites-and-Search-Engines-to-Recruit-and-Screen-Applicants-183/. Continue reading

Rhode Island Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Ability of Employers to Ask About Criminal History

The state of Rhode Island has enacted a “Ban the Box” law – Senate Bill 357 (SB 357) – that will prohibit inquiries on employment applications regarding prior criminal convictions except when federal or state law specifically disqualifies a person from employment due to a prior conviction or authorizes such inquiries. The full text of SB 357 – which was signed by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on July 16, 2013 and will take effect on January 1, 2014 – is available at http://openstates.org/ri/bills/2013/SB357/. Continue reading

USCIS Hopes To Assess Usefulness of E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program in Web Survey

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register on July 16, 2013 asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve an information gathering project to obtain data about the usefulness and efficiency of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program through a Web-based survey of employers across the country. The notice from USCIS – the government agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-16/html/2013-16968.htm. Continue reading