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Human Resources Expert Testifies Background Check Should Have Been Conducted on Doctor for Michael Jackson

A Human Resources expert testifying in the wrongful death civil lawsuit against a concert promoter told jurors that the promoter should have performed a background check on the doctor for deceased pop singer Michael Jackson and “did indeed fail to follow adequate hiring processes,” according to a report by KNX 1070 News Radio in Los Angeles, California. The full story is available on the CBSLA.com website at http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/07/01/hr-expert-aeg-should-have-conducted-10-background-check-on-conrad-murray/. Continue reading

New Indiana Law Allowing Expungement of Old Criminal Records Takes Effect July 1

A new law in Indiana that takes effect July 1, 2013 – Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1482 – will allow state residents to have certain old criminal records “expunged” or erased by the courts and could create job opportunities for ex-offenders. Signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in May 2013, this “second chance” law applies to both employers based in Indiana and those who hire workers in the state. The full text of the new law is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/HE/HE1482.1.html. Continue reading

Latest Developments in Pre-Employment Background Screening Discussed in Webinar on July 2

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will participate in a live 90 minute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) webinar ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening: Latest Developments’ on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT. For more information about this webinar from Strafford, which will also feature Attorney Pamela Q. Devata of Seyfarth Shaw and Attorney Cindy D. Hanson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as panelists, visit http://www.straffordpub.com/products/pre-employment-background-screening-latest-developments-2013-07-02. Continue reading

E-Verify Must Be Used by Most Employers in Georgia and North Carolina by July 1

On July 1, 2013, the final phase of laws passed in Georgia and North Carolina – Georgia House Bill 87, the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” and North Carolina Session Law 2011-263 House Bill 36 – take effect and mandate the use of E-Verify for most private companies in those states. Georgia employers with more than ten employees and North Carolina employers with more than twenty five employees must begin using the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program to check work authorization for all new hires. For more information about E-Verify, visit http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Continue reading

Starting July 1 New Colorado Law Specifies Permissible Use of Credit Reports by Employers

A new law passed by the Colorado General Assembly that takes effect July 1, 2013 – SB13-018, the “Employment Opportunity Act” – will specify the permissible use of credit reports by employers. The Act outlines the purposes for which consumer credit information such as consumer credit reports and credit scores can be used by private sector employers or potential employers with four or more employees in making employment-related decisions. More information about the Employment Opportunity Act is available at http://www.coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill/0/SB13-018/2013/1/. Continue reading

Company Responsible for Screening Edward Snowden Investigated for Alleged Inadequate Background Checks

The private contractor responsible for the security clearance screening of Edward Snowden – who later leaked classified documents to the media that revealed a secret surveillance program by the National Security Agency (NSA) – is under investigation by the federal government for allegedly conducting inadequate background checks, according to a report by The Charlotte Observer. The full story is available at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/20/4119462/contractor-responsible-for-snowdens.html. Continue reading

EEOC Chair Says Criminal Background Checks by Employers Not Banned

In a letter to the Wall Street Journal responding to the June 15, 2013 article ‘Banning Background Checks,’ Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), denied the article’s suggestion that the EEOC believes criminal background checks by employers are “racist” and that the agency wants to ban the practice. The letter to the Wall Street Journal from Chair Berrien is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323893504578555722405188406.html. Continue reading

Employee Theft Rising as Dishonest Employees Steal More Profits from US Retailers

A study of 23 large retail companies found that 71,095 dishonest employees were apprehended for employee theft in 2012, up 5.5 percent from 2011, while more than $50 million was recovered in those cases, up 7 percent from 2011, according to the 25th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International. The survey, which also found that poor employment screening contributed to the rise in employee theft, is available at http://hayesinternational.com/news/annual-retail-theft-survey/. Continue reading

Webinar Shows HR Professionals How to Optimize Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud

Since Human Resources professionals must ensure job applicants are really who they say they are before hiring them, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a 90 minute webinar titled ‘Optimizing HR Screening Tools to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud’ on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. For more information about this interactive webinar with Thompson Media worth 1.5 HRCI Credits on completion, visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=001700EM&priority=00295709611. Continue reading

Social Media Password Privacy Laws Passed in Several US States in Recent Months

Legislation has been introduced or is pending in at least 36 states so far in 2013 to prevent employers from requesting usernames and passwords to social media websites and personal Internet accounts of employees and job applicants, according the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Eight states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington – have enacted such legislation in 2013. A current list of all social media password privacy legislation is available at http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/telecom/employer-access-to-social-media-passwords-2013.aspx. Continue reading