Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States rose by 155,000 jobs in December 2012, bringing the total number of jobs created in 2012 to 1.84 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — DECEMBER 2012’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today. The report also found the unemployment rate …Continue reading "December 2012 BLS Employment Report Estimates 155000 Jobs Gained while ADP Report Reveals 215000 Jobs Added"
In 2012, after reported cases of inaccurate criminal background checks costing job seekers employment, the background screening industry faced greater scrutiny over accuracy of reports. This increased attention included a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report recommending regulations on data brokers, the FTC charging companies with alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations, a National Consumer Law …Continue reading "Background Screening Industry Faces Greater Scrutiny after Accuracy of Criminal Background Checks Questioned"
On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – voted 4 to 1 to update the Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the …Continue reading "EEOC Updates Guidance on Criminal Records to Prevent Employment Discrimination during Background Checks"
For the last day of the year, nationwide accredited background check provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – http://www.esrcheck.com – has chosen the following ‘Top 20 Stories for Background Check Screening for 2012’ from the ESR News blog at http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/. Here are the top 20 stories for 2012 from ESR in order of the date posted:Continue reading "Top 20 Stories for Background Check Screening for 2012 from Employment Screening Resources"
In December 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware became the latest U.S. cities to join the growing “ban the box” movement when the City Council passed legislation that eliminated the check box asking about criminal history from job applications for the city. Pittsburgh joined other U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, …Continue reading "Ban the Box Movement Removing Question about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreads Across United States"
In an effort to create stronger privacy protections for consumers, several states passed laws in 2012 regarding the collection and use of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of applicants and employees by employers during background checks, or had important privacy regulations passed in previous years take effect. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is requiring …Continue reading "New Privacy Laws for Collection and Use of Personal Data of Consumers Focus on Background Checks"
When applicants in the United States apply for jobs, they usually undergo a background check using a disclosure and consent form required by law where they provide Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) such as name, date of birth, and Social Security number (“SSN”). What many job applicants and employers do not know is that certain U.S. …Continue reading "Offshoring Personal Data of Americans to Foreign Countries for Background Checks Opposed by Many US Screening Firms"
In an effort to study privacy practices in the data broker industry, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted 5-0 to issue orders requiring nine data brokers – companies that collect, analyze, and sell personal information of consumers – to reveal how they gather and use data about consumers, according to an FTC news release …Continue reading "Federal Trade Commission to Study Collection and Use of Consumer Information by Data Brokers"
More and more background screening firms – also known as Consumer Reporting Agencies or “CRAs” – are facing lawsuits concerning the accuracy of background check reports and the failure to meet the guidelines of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates background checks and the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information in …Continue reading "Class Action Lawsuits for Violations of Fair Credit Reporting Act Becoming More Common for Consumer Reporting Agencies"
On January 1, 2013, new E-Verify laws will take effect in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee requiring many private employers to register for and begin using the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. This trend of states making their own laws for E-verify, an internet-based program that compares information from Form I-9s to …Continue reading "New E-Verify State Laws for 2013 Will Add to Already Confusing Patchwork of Regulations for Employers"