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EEOC Discrimination Charge Filed Against Department Store Chain Over Criminal Background Check Policies and Practices

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 15, 2017, employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge on behalf of The Fortune Society against Macy’s, Inc. claiming “the retailer’s criminal background check policies and practices used to screen job applicants results in discrimination in violation of federal and local laws,” according to a press release from Outten & Golden LLP. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen Explains Social Media Screening at 2017 SHRM Talent Management Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), “presented how to successfully use social media for recruiting or background screening” at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, according to a Workforce Magazine article about Rosen’s presentation. Continue reading

EEOC Examines Current State of U.S. Workforce and Future Demand for Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 5, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where experts examined the current state of the workforce in the United States and what jobs may be in future demand, according to a press release from the EEOC. Continue reading

New York City to Prohibit Questions about Salary History of Job Applicants during the Hiring Process

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 5, 2017, the New York City Council passed legislation – Introduction 1253-2016 – that will prohibit employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants during the hiring process and also from relying on salary history information to determine salary if that information is already known. Continue reading

DOJ Settles Immigration Related Discrimination Claim Against Pizza Chain

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Department of  Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement agreement with Pizzerias, LLC that resolves the DOJ’s investigation into whether the pizza delivery chain based in Miami, Florida violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) with discrimination against work-authorized immigrants when checking their work authorization documents, according to a DOJ press release. Continue reading

Report Suggests Ways to Improve Ban the Box Policies to Help Prevent Racial Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A research report released by the nonprofit Urban Institute in February 2017 – ‘Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination: A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations’ – suggests “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions on job applications requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history may be improved with policy additions to support equal employment opportunity laws that help prevent racial discrimination. Continue reading

Philadelphia Wage Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed Bill No. 160840, a Wage Equity Law that prohibits employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants. A copy of the law – which is slated to take effect May 23, 2017 – is at www.esrcheck.com/file/Philadelphia-Wage-Equity-Law.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released detailed breakdowns of the Enforcement and Litigation Statistics for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016, which was the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC increased. The EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics are available at www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/. Continue reading

Use of Big Data for Background Checks Will Be Closely Watched for Potential Discrimination Issues

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In October of 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – was being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks. The potential controversies surrounding the use of Big Data is Trend Number 10 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

EEOC Holds Meeting on Use of Big Data in Background Checks for Employment Decisions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – is being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks, according to an EEOC press release. Continue reading