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NAPBS to Hold 2013 Mid-Year Legislative Conference from April 14 to 17 in Arlington VA

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – the voice representing the background screening industry – will hold the NAPBS 2013 Mid-Year Legislative Conference from April 14 to 17, 2013 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Conference will feature the largest collection of background screening professionals in the world and provide education about the latest breakthroughs on laws, best practices, and research in the consumer reporting field. To learn more about the Conference, visit http://www.napbs.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3593. Continue reading

Company Pays Over 13 Million Dollars to Settle Suit Alleging Background Check Reports Were Sold to Debt Collectors

A U.S. company providing risk management solutions has agreed to pay $13.5 million and overhaul its background check search product to settle a national class action suit that claimed the firm sold background check reports to debt collectors without following consumer protection laws, according to a report in the Dayton (OH) Daily News that cites the Law360 website. The full story is available at http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/business/lexisnexis-pays-135m-to-settle-suit/nWxJQ/. Continue reading

Better Business Bureau Warns Job Seekers about Background Check Scams for Employment

Job seekers in the St. Louis, Missouri area say they have been scammed by thieves claiming to represent a company performing biohazard cleanup work, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns. All victims claimed the thieves cut off communications after collecting the $89 fee job seekers paid for a supposed pre-employment criminal background check using prepaid cash cards. The full article is available at http://stlouis.bbb.org/article/BBB-Warns-Bio-Advocate-Pro-Steals-Money-From-Job-Seekers-40989. Continue reading

E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program Receives 111 Million Dollars in Funding from Congress

Both houses of Congress have agreed on legislation – H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 – that includes a grant of $111,924,000 to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for necessary expenses for the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program. To read the full text of H.R. 933, visit http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr933/text. Continue reading

2013 Social Media Summit Explores New Reality of Connected Workplaces in San Francisco on April 10

Employment and labor law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. has organized an event – ‘Littler’s 2013 Social Media Summit: The New Reality’ – that “aims to provide organizational thought leaders with practical guidance on reaping the benefits of the connected workplace while recognizing and mitigating the associated risks.” The event will take place on Wednesday April 10, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST at The City Club of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. To register for the event, which costs $50 to attend, visit http://www.littler.com/events/littlers-2013-social-media-summit-new-reality. Continue reading

March 2013 Employment Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows 88000 Jobs Added in Month

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States edged up only 88,000 jobs in March 2013 while the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 7.6 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped to 11.7 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MARCH 2013’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Until next month’s report is released, the March 2013 Employment Situation Report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Databases Tracking Employee Thefts to Be Examined by FTC for Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Large databases that track employee thefts and could prevent workers accused of theft in the past from finding new jobs in the retail industry will be examined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from the New York Times. The article – ‘Retailers Track Employee Thefts in Vast Databases’ – is available on the Times website at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/business/retailers-use-databases-to-track-worker-thefts.html. Continue reading

March 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows 158000 Jobs Added in Month

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 158,000 jobs from February 2013 to March 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the March 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The March 2013 ADP report also revised the estimated gain from January 2013 to February 2013 up by 39,000 to 237,000 jobs. For more information, visit http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/March/NER/NER-March-2013.aspx. Continue reading

More than 300 South Carolina Businesses Cited for E-Verify Violations

South Carolina state labor department officials have cited 323 businesses for violating a 2011 law requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system to determine if newly hired employees can work legally in the United States, according to a report on The State website. Less than 10 percent of companies that were part of first year of mandatory immigration checks failed to comply with the law. The article is available at http://www.thestate.com/2013/03/25/2693045/more-than-300-sc-companies-cited.html. Continue reading

Businesses Can Background Check Job Applicants Affordably to Avoid Bad Hires Says Safe Hiring Expert

Business owners can perform background checks on job applicants without a great deal of expense to avoid “bad hires” of “employees from hell,” according to an article on the Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel website that features suggestions from safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen. The full article – ‘Employment Screening Resources: How to avoid hiring employee from hell’ – is available at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/capitola/ci_22907219/employment-screening-resources-how-avoid-hiring-employee-from. Continue reading