According to a new study by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), since nearly 65 million people in the United States – more than one in four adults – are estimated to have criminal records, employers that use criminal background checks for employment to shut out job applicants with criminal records without considering how long ago the offense occurred, …Continue reading "NELP Study Recommends Reforming Employment Background Checks since Over 1 in 4 Adult Americans have Criminal Records"
A story in The Detroit News reports that members of the growing ‘Ban the Box’ Coalition, who persuaded the Detroit City Council to bar the question asking applicants about their criminal histories – and check a box if they have any convictions – from employment applications last year, have asked to extend the ban on inquiring …Continue reading "Ban the Box Coalition in Detroit Wants Criminal Convictions Question Removed for City Vendors and Contractors"
Should employers be allowed to ask job applicants for the logins and passwords to their social network site profiles such as Facebook as part of employment background checks? The answer to this question may involve the next frontier of online privacy, suggests the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), after the Maryland Department of Corrections (DOC) asked a …Continue reading "ACLU Calls Background Checks Asking for Social Network Passwords of Job Applicants Illegal Invasion of Privacy"
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 to examine the practice by employers of considering only those currently employed for job vacancies and excluding currently unemployed persons from job applicant pools, including in job announcements, and also to hear from invited panelists on the potential impact …Continue reading "EEOC Examines Practice of Employers Excluding Unemployed Job Applicants from Job Vacancies"
A Special Report on KTVU-TV Channel 2 News in San Francisco – ‘Ex-Felons Face Tough Road In Difficult Job Market’ – features a group pushing to “Ban the Box” that ex-offenders must check on job applications to disclose their criminal pasts to employers. In the KTVU story, a truck driver – an ex-felon who served …Continue reading "Ban the Box Movement Wants Question on Applications Asking Jobseekers about Criminal Pasts Removed"
By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor An article in the February 2011 issue of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Magazine – ‘Close Up On Screening’ – describes how employers are scrambling to adjust to changes in the myriad of state and federal laws that govern pre-employment background screening due …Continue reading "Use of Credit Reports and Criminal Records for Employment Screening comes under Scrutiny"
By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A recent article on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website – ‘Employers Tread a Minefield’ – warns employers about “tripping over legal potholes in social media” if they choose to fire people over alleged social media infractions as more employees and job applicants access popular social …Continue reading "Employers Firing Employees over Information Found on Popular Social Media Sites Face Legal Risks"
A bill that would limit the use of credit checks of job applicants in employment screening has been reintroduced into Congress by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). As originally written, the ‘Equal Employment for All Act’ would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit the use of consumer credit checks against prospective employees …Continue reading "Bill Limiting Credit Checks of Job Applicants for Employment Screening Reintroduced in Congress"
By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor For the past four years, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading background check provider to employers accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has compiled a “Top Ten Trends in Background Screening” list of emerging and …Continue reading "Controversial and Discriminatory Use of Job Applicant Credit Reports by Employers Tops Background Screening Trends List for 2011"
By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor Private sector workplace discrimination charge filings with the federal U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) agency nationwide hit an unprecedented level of 99,922 during fiscal year (FY) 2010, according to an EEOC press release. The EEOC ended FY 2010 – October 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, …Continue reading "EEOC Reports Workplace Discrimination Charges Hit Record High of Nearly 100,000 in FY 2010"