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New York City Passes Law Prohibiting Hiring Discrimination against Unemployed Job Applicants

The New York City Council has voted to override a veto by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to enact legislation – Intro 814-A – that prohibits employers from refusing to consider or hire qualified job applicants who are unemployed. The law prevents employers from using employment status in a hiring decision and from posting job ads that require applicants to be currently employed. The Council had originally passed the bill in January 2013 before the Mayor’s veto in February 2013. A press release from the New York City Council about the legislation is available at http://council.nyc.gov/html/pr/012213jobs.shtml. Continue reading

San Francisco Court Separates Misdemeanor and Felony Cases into Two Indexes for Public Records Research

The San Francisco Superior Court has made significant changes to the nature of the predominantly used pre-2013 index in paper form that was until recently a combined felony/misdemeanor index, according to an alert from a Public Records Research Provider. The court has separated misdemeanor and felony cases into separate indexes issued in multiple “books” separated by letters of the alphabet. In the past, the court had issued a new combined index roughly every month to update the existing index.

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Handbook for Employers with Guidance for Completing Revised Form I-9 Updated by USCIS

The Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274) has been updated to include information about the revised Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N that employers should begin using immediately for all new hires and re-verifications, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. The updated Handbook (M-274) is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-274.pdf. Continue reading

USCIS Offers Free Webinars to Inform Employers about Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

To help inform employers of the revisions to the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering free educational webinars that highlight the new features of the revised Form I-9form, including the new fields and format, and also include a detailed overview of how to use the form. The revised Form I-9 is now available for immediate use by all employers for all new hires and re-verifications at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes New Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev. 03/08/13)N that employers should begin using immediately for all new hires and re-verifications. However, since the USCIS recognizes employers may need additional time to allow for use of the new form, employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09)Y for a 60-day period until May 7, 2013. After that date, all U.S. employers must use the revised Form I-9. The new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

February 2013 Employment Situation Report Shows 236000 Jobs Added and Unemployment Rate at Lowest Level since 2008

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 236,000 jobs in February 2013 while the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent – the lowest level since December 2008 – and the number of unemployed persons dipped to 12 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — FEBRUARY 2013’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The report also revised the change in nonfarm employment for December 2012 from 196,000 jobs added up to 219,000 jobs added and the change for January 2013 was revised from 157,000 jobs added down to 119,000 jobs added. Until next month’s report is released, the February 2013 Employment Situation Report will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Rhode Island Bill would Ban the Box Asking about Criminal Records on Job Applications

In an effort to limit bias against job applicants with criminal histories, legislation to ‘ban the box’ that employers use on preliminary job applications to ask about past criminal records has been introduced in the State of Rhode Island General Assembly by Representative Scott Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), according to a press release available at http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/News/pr1.asp?prid=8903. Continue reading

February 2013 ADP National Employment Report Reveals Increase of 198000 Jobs in Month

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 198,000 jobs from January to February 2013 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the February 2013 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report also revised the estimated gain from the January 2013 report up by 23,000 to 215,000 jobs. For more information about the February 2013 ADP National Employment Report, visit http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2013/February/NER/NER-February-2013.aspx. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013 Discussed at Los Angeles HR Star Conference on March 20

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will discuss the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ in a presentation at the Los Angeles HR Star Conference on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The LA HR Star Conference will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information about the LA HR Star Conference, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Continue reading

New York Social Security Number Protection Law Amendment Allows Employers to Request SSN for Background Checks

New York law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August 2012 that amended the state’s 2008 Social Security Number Protection Law has caused some concern for New York employers conducting background checks. However, a review of the law demonstrates that when it comes to background checks conducted under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law, the law does not impede an employer’s ability to utilize a Social Security number (SSN). Continue reading