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Commission on Civil Rights Report Examines Effects of EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

A briefing report released by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) – ‘Assessing the Impact of Criminal Background Checks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Conviction Records Policy’ – examines the effects of the EEOC’s updated Guidance policy on the use of conviction records by employers on African-American and Latino job applicants. The complete report – in which some members of the civil rights panel argue that the EEOC’s guidelines are flawed and vague – is available at http://www.eusccr.com/EEOC_final_2013.pdf. Continue reading

San Francisco Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Criminal Background Checks by Private Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed ‘Ban the Box’ legislation – the Fair Chance Ordinance – that requires private employers in the city with 20 or more employees to limit the use of criminal background checks when hiring, according to a BloombergLaw.com report. The law takes effect 30 days after signing and is operative in 180 days. The report is at http://about.bloomberglaw.com/law-reports/san-francisco-enacts-law-limiting-use-of-criminal-background-checks/. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Achieves Background Screening Credentialing Council Accreditation

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and will continue to be formally recognized as BSCC-Accredited. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Releases Annual Survey on Office Romance

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the CareerBuilder annual survey on office romance has found that 38 percent – nearly two in five – of U.S. workers have dated someone working for the same company and 16 percent said they dated co-workers more than once. More information about this survey is available in the press release ‘Thirty-Eight Percent of Workers Have Dated a Co-Worker, Finds CareerBuilder Survey.’ Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Natural Food Retailer Violated FCRA with Background Checks

A class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleges Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic food retailer, obtained background checks on job applicants using consent forms that were not legally valid in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from TopClassActions.com available at http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/16770-whole-foods-hit-class-action-lawsuit-illegal-background-checks/. Continue reading

Court Rules Job Seeker May Sue Data Aggregator for Inaccurate Information

The San Francisco, CA-based Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled an unemployed job seeker may sue a data aggregator that inaccurately described him as wealthy and well educated by alleging a violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “without showing actual harm.” The opinion of the court is available at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2014/02/04/11-56843.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Explains How to Comply with EEOC Criminal Record Guidance on February 12

To help employers understand the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) position on background checks, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an audio conference with HRTrainingCenter.com titled ‘Complying With the New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance.’ This program takes place on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time and has been approved for 1.5 PHR/SPHR recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. For more information, please visit http://hrtrainingcenter.com/showWCDetails.asp?TCID=1013106. Continue reading

January 2014 Employment Situation Report Shows Gain of 113000 Jobs

Total nonfarm employment in the United States rose by 113,000 jobs in January 2014 while the unemployment rate declined from 6.7 percent to 6.6 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped from 10.4 million to 10.2 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JANUARY 2014’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The current Employment Situation report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has released comprehensive enforcement and litigation statistics for fiscal year 2013 that show the EEOC obtained the highest monetary recovery in agency history, $372.1 million, an increase of $6.7 million. The enforcement and litigation statistics for fiscal year 2013, which ran from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013, are available on the EEOC website at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/index.cfm. Continue reading

January 2014 ADP National Employment Report Shows 175000 Jobs Added

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 175,000 jobs from December 2013 to January 2014, according to the January 2014 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The complete report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/January/NER/NER-January-2014.aspx. Continue reading