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Background Checks in California and How to Comply with New EEOC Guidance Explained in Webinar

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live California Employer Advisor (CEA) webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: How To Comply with the EEOC’s Recently Issued Enforcement Guidance’ on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Pacific. The webinar is available exclusively to CEA online subscribers at no cost. Non-members interested in the webinar may sign up for a membership. For more information, click here. Continue reading

Diploma Mills Offering Fake Education Degrees to Students have Long History and Warning Signs

Questionable educational institutions known as “diploma mills” that are more interested in taking money from students for worthless degrees instead of providing them with quality academic educations have a long history in America and clear warning signs, according to an infographic released by Distancelearning.com available at http://www.distancelearning.com/resources/diploma-mills-infographic/. Continue reading

National Database for Background Checks Shown in Movies and Television Crime Programs Just a Popular Myth

The idea that there exists one single “national database” for background checks with accurate and complete criminal record information for every person in America is a “popular myth” fueled by movies and television crime programs, according to a blog written by a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Board of Directors. The blog is available at http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/291939-national-database-for-background-checks-is-a-myth. Continue reading

Six Additional Free Form I-9 Educational Webinars Offered by USCIS to Highlight New Features

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering six additional free educational Form I-9 webinars that highlight the new features of the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N that all employers must begin using by May 7, 2013. The new Form I-9 is available for immediate use by employers to comply with their employment eligibility verification responsibilities at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

Immigration Bill in Senate Would Require Employers to Use E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System

A comprehensive immigration bill introduced in the Senate – S. 744 – would require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify, a free web-based employment eligibility verification system that compares information from the Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 all newly hired workers must complete to records in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases to verify their legal work status. The full text of S. 744 is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s744is/pdf/BILLS-113s744is.pdf. Continue reading

HR West 2013 Conference Session to Feature Negligent Hiring Mock Trial on April 23 in Oakland

To help Human Resources professionals understand the importance of due diligence background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen – Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – will present a session titled ‘Negligent Hiring Mock Trial: HR in the Hot Seat’ at the HR West® 2013 Conference on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The session takes place from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. For more information, visit http://www.hrwest.org/. Continue reading

Kansas City Passes Ban the Box Ordinance to Remove Questions about Criminal Histories on Job Applications

The Kansas City Council has passed Ordinance 130230 – known as the “Ban the Box” ordinance – that will require the City Manager to remove questions regarding disclosure of past criminal records from job applications for employment with the city, according to an article on the Kansas City Business Journal website. The full article is available at http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2013/04/05/kc-council-passes-ban-the-box.html. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Rate Against Government Employees Three Times Greater than Private Sector Workers

The average annual rate of workplace violence perpetrated against local, county, state, and federal government employees in 2011 was three times greater than that of private sector workers, according to the report ‘Workplace Violence Against Government Employees, 1994–2011 (NCJ 241349)’ released by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The April 2013 report, part of the ‘Violence in Workplace Series,’ is available at http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/wvage9411.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Teach Due Diligence in Recruiting at HR.com Virtual Conference Webcast April 22

Attorney Lester Rosen, a safe hiring expert and Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webcast titled ‘Due Diligence in Recruiting: Don’t Play Russian Roulette with your Future’ at the HR.com Virtual Conference on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ET. For more information about the webcast and to register for the free HR.com Virtual Conference, visit http://www.hr.com/en?t=/contentManager/onStory&StoryID=1363997706402. Continue reading