Indiana Changes Criminal Background Checks for Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn Effective July 1, 2014, an amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 changes what information “criminal history providers” such as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that assemble criminal history reports for employment background checks may report to employers. The amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title24/ar4/ch18.html.

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Survey Finds California Public Employers Ready to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn A survey released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) details compliance efforts by public employers in California to successfully put in place new job applications to comply with a Ban the Box law – Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) – which took effect July 1, 2014. The Ban the Box …

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June Jobs Report Shows Increase of 288000 Jobs

Written By Thomas Ahearn Total nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 288,000 jobs in June 2014 while the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent and the number of unemployed persons decreased to  9.5 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JUNE 2014’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of …

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June 2014 ADP Employment Report: 281000 Jobs Added

Written By Thomas Ahearn Led by gains in both small and medium businesses, private sector employment in the United States increased by 281,000 jobs from April to June, according to the June 2014 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The June 2014 ADP Employment Report …

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Two New Tennessee Employment Laws Take Effect July 1

Written By Thomas Ahearn Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed two new employment laws that take effect July 1, 2014. One, The Tennessee Negligent and Retention Law, is designed to provide protection to employers that hire and retain employees with convictions while helping ex-offenders gain employment. The other, Senate Bill 2126 (SB 2126), limits liability …

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Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at San Francisco HR Star Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco area-based background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Only in California: Using Background Checks to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court’ at the 2014 San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at …

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Webinar Examines Using Social Media to Screen Job Applicants

Written By Thomas Ahearn To help employers learn how to navigate legal pitfalls when using social media to screen job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled ‘Legal Risks of Using the Internet to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ on Thursday, July …

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Background Check Expert Reviews EEOC Criminal Record Guidance

Written By Thomas Ahearn In April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an Audio Conference titled ‘Complying …

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SHRM Employment Verification Survey Reviews Form I-9 and E-Verify

Written By Thomas Ahearn The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has released the SHRM Employment Verification Survey to capture information on the challenges associated with the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, Form I-9 and E-Verify, an Internet-based program that compares information provided on I-9 Forms with data from U.S. government databases. The SHRM Employment Verification …

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Summer Camp Background Checks May Contain Loopholes

Written By Thomas Ahearn While some summer camp background checks include mandatory state background checks for workers dealing with children in summer camps, they do not also perform federal background checks and may contain loopholes for predators to slip through, according to the report ‘Summer Camp background checks not nationwide’ from KXAN News in Austin, …

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