Uber Not in Kansas Anymore Due to Background Check Bill

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride-sharing technology service provider Uber shut down operations in Kansas after the state legislature overrode Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill – SB 117, The Creation of Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act – that would require stricter background checks on drivers and increase the insurance needed for all vehicles, the Wichita Eagle reports. Continue reading

California Background Check Laws Unique

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California has background check laws unique from the rest of the country, according to one safe hiring expert from the Golden State. These “only in California” rules make legally complaint background checks crucial for employers in the state, where stakes are so high that failure to dot an “i” or cross a “t” during the screening process can result in being sued for $10,000 per occurrence. Continue reading

Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference to discuss EEOC Guidance titled ‘Using Criminal Records in Employment Decisions’ on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn more, please visit http://www.theindustrycalendar.com/showWCDetails.asp?TCID=1014710. Continue reading

Ohio Attorney General Audit Finds Criminal Background Check System Unreliable

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An audit by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine found that some Ohio courts are failing to follow a state law requiring them to report criminal convictions to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) resulting in “a technologically unreliable” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch. Continue reading

April Jobs Report: 223,000 Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Total nonfarm employment in the United States increased by 223,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons dipped slightly to 5.4 percent and 8.5 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2015’ jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent jobs report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Expunged Criminal Records Appearing in Background Checks Unnecessarily

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Expunged criminal records of job and housing applicants removed from government databases are still appearing in some background checks performed by private screening companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. However, a background check expert says these expunged records should not appear if the information is verified at the primary source. Continue reading

April ADP Employment Report Shows 169,000 Jobs Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 169,000 jobs from March to April led by growth in small and midsized businesses, according to the April 2015 ADP National Employment Report® (NER). The complete employment report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2015/April/NER/NER-April-2015.aspx. Continue reading

Oregon House Votes to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The state of Oregon House of Representative has voted 33-27 to “Ban the Box” and pass House Bill 3025 (HB 3025) which would bar employers from including a box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, according to a press release on OregonLegislature.com. Continue reading

Webinar on Background Checks Scheduled for May 14

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live Webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance’ on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. To register for this webinar, please visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/webinars/background-checks/. Continue reading

USCIS Offers Free E-Verify Webinars in May 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – is offering free E-Verify Webinars for employers in May 2015 about the Internet-based employment eligibility verification system. To view the full May 2015 E-Verify webinar schedule, visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/e-verify-webinars/take-free-webinar. Continue reading