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Illinois Governor Issues Administrative Order to State Agencies to Ban the Box for Hiring

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued Administrative Order 2013-1 to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit state agencies under his jurisdiction from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before evaluating their knowledge, skills, and abilities for the job. The administrative order is available in PDF format at http://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/Documents/2013/adminorder-2013-1.pdf. Continue reading

Delayed September 2013 Employment Situation Report Shows Increase of 148000 Jobs during Month

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 148,000 jobs in September 2013 while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.2 percent and the number of unemployed persons remained unchanged 11.3 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2013’ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Delayed by the recent Federal government shutdown that ended October 17, 2013, the Employment Situation Report is usually released on the first Friday of each month at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Background Checks and Legal Compliance Discussed in Live 90 Minute Audio Conference on October 30

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 90 minute Audio Conference ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance: Avoiding Legal Hot Water’ with Aurora Training Advantage from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. To register for this webinar, which is worth 1.5 PHR/SPHR Credits, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/. Continue reading

EEOC Chair to Speak at Best Practices for Using Criminal Records in Hiring Conference on October 25

The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will join a panel of distinguished speakers discussing criminal background checks at the ‘Best Practices Standards for Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. To register for the event through Wednesday, October 23, 2013, please visit JohnJayConference.lawyerscommittee.org. Continue reading

E-Verify Available to Employers Following End of Government Shutdown

The E-Verify employment eligibility verification system – unavailable since the federal government shutdown began on October 1, 2013 – has resumed operations following the ending of the shutdown and all features and services are now available, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-900f6d. Continue reading

Court of Appeals Upholds Award of 750000 Dollars Against EEOC in Background Check Discrimination Suit

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the award of $751,942 in fees and costs to Peoplemark, Inc. against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after the company refuted the EEOC’s claim that they allegedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by having a “blanket policy” of denying jobs to applicants with criminal records that discriminated against minorities. The opinion of the Courts of Appeals in EEOC v. Peoplemark, Inc., No. 11-2582 (Oct. 7, 2013) is available at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/13a0291p-06.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Speak at Recruiting Trends Conference at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about ‘Keeping it Legal: Pitfalls and Landmines in Using Social Media and Criminal Records’ from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Recruiting Trends Conference 2013 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. For information about the presentation and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.recruitingtrendsconference.com/lester-rosen/#presentation. Continue reading

California Courts Closed Monday October 14 in Observance of Columbus Day

Courts in California are closed this Monday, October 14, 2013 in each of the state’s 58 counties in observance of Columbus Day, according to the schedule on the Court Holidays page of the California Judicial Branch website available at http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm. Continue reading

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Ban the Box Bill to Help Ex-Offenders Seeking Government Jobs

In order to reduce unnecessary barriers to employment for the one in four adult Californians with arrest or conviction records, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit requesting criminal record information on initial employment applications for local and state government jobs. The text of AB 218 – which will take effect July 1, 2014 – is at http://openstates.org/ca/bills/20132014/AB218/. Continue reading

Workplace Drug Testing More Common Among African American Workers Study Finds

African American workers are 17 percent more likely than white workers to report working for employers that perform workplace drug testing, according to a study from the Yale School of Medicine published in the Early View of the American Journal on Addictions available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12109.x/abstract. Continue reading