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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files Lawsuits against Two Employers for Use of Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against two employers alleging they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by implementing and utilizing a criminal background check policy that resulted in employees being fired or screened out for employment. A press release about the lawsuits – the first enforcement action against employers under the revised EEOC Guidance for using criminal records – is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/6-11-13.cfm. Continue reading

Seattle City Council Passes Job Assistance Bill Prohibiting Automatic Exclusion of Applicants with Criminal Records

In a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Seattle City Council has passed a Job Assistance Bill to reduce criminal recidivism by providing job assistance to individuals with previous criminal records. Council Bill 117796 will prohibit public and private employers in Seattle from automatically excluding individuals with any arrest or conviction record from consideration for employment. A news release about the passing of the Job Assistance Bill – which will take effect November 1, 2013 if approved by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn as expected – is available at http://www.seattle.gov/news/newsdetail_council.asp?ID=13721. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Two Sessions about Background Checks at SHRM 2013 Annual Conference

Attorney Lester Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present two sessions about background checks at the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Rosen will present ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 and ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. For more information about the SHRM 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition, which runs from June 16 to 19, 2013, visit http://annual.shrm.org/. Continue reading

May 2013 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows 175000 Jobs Added

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 175,000 jobs in May 2013 while the unemployment rate inched up to 7.6 percent and the number of unemployed persons rose to 11.8 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2013’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Until the June 2013 report is released, the May 2013 Employment Situation Report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Police Officer Files 10 Million Dollar Lawsuit against Taxi Cab Company for Alleged Negligent Hiring

A Police Officer in Alexandria, Virginia has filed a $10 million civil lawsuit alleging that a taxi cab company was negligent in the hiring and supervision of its drivers after one driver was accused of shooting the police officer in the head, according to a report from the Old Town Alexandria Patch. Continue reading

May 2013 ADP National Employment Report Shows Increase of 135000 Jobs in Month

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 135,000 jobs from April 2013 to May 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the May 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report, which also revised the estimated gain from March 2013 to April 2013 down from 119,000 jobs to 113,000 jobs, is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/May/NER/NER-May-2013.aspx. Continue reading

Delaware Bill Would Prohibit Employers from Considering Criminal Record and Credit History of Applicants before Job Offer

Lawmakers in Delaware have introduced legislation – House Bill No. 167 – that would prohibit public employers in the state from considering the criminal record or credit history of an applicant before making a conditional job offer. The bill would also restrict the authority of state and local government agencies to conduct criminal background checks on potential new hires. The full text of House Bill No. 167 is available at http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis147.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+167/$file/legis.html?open. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Survey Finds Majority of Companies in Top Ten World Economies Affected By Bad Hire

The majority of employers in each of the ten largest world economies experienced a “bad hire” – where an employee was not a good fit for a job or did not perform the job well – that negatively impacted their business with a significant loss in revenue and productivity, according to a new study from CareerBuilder that shows how hiring the wrong person can have serious implications for companies. Continue reading

North Carolina Expunged Criminal Record Bill Signed Into Law

In May of 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation – Senate Bill 91, Prohibit Expunction Inquiry – that will prohibit employers or educational institutions from requesting that job applicants provide information regarding arrests, criminal charges, or criminal convictions that have been expunged. The full text of the ratified North Carolina Senate Bill 91, most of which takes effect December 1, 2013, is available at http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S91v5.pdf. Continue reading

Nevada Becomes Tenth State to Prohibit Use of Credit Reports by Employers for Employment Purposes

With Governor Brian Sandoval signing Senate Bill 127 (SB 127) into law, Nevada has now become the tenth state in the U.S. to prohibit employers from conditioning employment on a consumer credit report or other credit information with few exceptions. The full text of Nevada SB 127 – which goes into effect on October 1, 2013 – is available at: http://openstates.org/nv/bills/77/SB127/. Continue reading