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Ohio Law Reforms Collateral Sanctions and Offers Protections for Employers Hiring Job Applicants with Criminal Records

The State of Ohio has passed new laws that will offer protections for employers hiring job applicants with criminal records.  The law, Senate Bill 337, which takes effect September 28, 2012, is an extensive reform of the collateral sanctions that impose employment restrictions and limitations on over 2 million Ohioans with misdemeanor and felony convictions. With SB 337, Ohio joins states such as Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina in offering protections for employers that hire and employ rehabilitated ex-offenders from tort liability for negligent hiring and retention claims. The text of Senate Bill 337 is available at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_337. Continue reading

Ban the Box Act would Prohibit Most Employers from Asking Applicants about Criminal Records until Job Offer

New legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives – H.R. 6220, “Ban the Box Act of 2012” –  would prohibit most employers from asking about or checking a job applicant’s criminal record until after a conditional offer of employment and would “ban the box” that job applicants are asked to mark indicating whether they have a criminal record. Introduced by Representative Hansen Clarke (D-MI), H.R. 6220 would allow employers to check an applicant’s criminal record only if the job duties in question “may involve an unreasonable risk to the safety of specific individuals or to the general public.” The text of the bill is available here: H.R. 6220, “Ban the Box Act of 2012”. Continue reading

July 2012 BLS and ADP Employment Reports Both Show Gain of 163000 Jobs during Month

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States rose by 163,000 jobs in July 2012 while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons rose slightly to 8.3 percent and 12.8 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2012’ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The Employment Situation for July 2012 will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the Employment Situation for August 2012 is released on Friday, September 7, 2012. Continue reading

Case of Mistaken Identity Shows Why Job Applicants Should Perform Self Background Checks

A report from FOX6 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin tells the story about a local woman hired by a department store who suffered from a case of mistaken identity when a criminal background check run on her uncovered a 2006 conviction for battery, a conviction she did not disclose on her job application since the crime was committed by her twin brother who had the same birth date and similar name. The story, which serves as an example why job applicants should be proactive and try to “self” background check themselves to avoid errors, is available at: http://fox6now.com/2012/07/22/broken-records/. Continue reading

June 2012 ADP National Employment Report Shows US Private Sector Increased by 176000 Jobs

The U.S. private sector employment increased by 176,000 jobs from May 2012 to June 2012, with employment in the private service-providing sector rising by 160,000 jobs and employment in the goods-producing sector adding 16,000 jobs during the month, according to the June 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). The June 2012 ADP National Employment Report is available at: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_June_12.pdf. Continue reading

May 2012 Employment Situation Report Shows US Economy Added Only 69000 Jobs

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the U.S. added only 69,000 jobs in May 2012 while the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2012’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The May 2012 report also revised the change in employment for April 2012 from 115,000 jobs added down to 77,000 jobs and figures for March 2012 were revised from 154,000 jobs added down to 143,000 jobs. The May 2012 Employment Report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the June 2012 Employment Report is released on Friday, July 6, 2012. Continue reading

April 2012 ADP National Employment Report Shows Private Sector Added 119000 Jobs

According to the April 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®), U.S. private sector employment increased by 119,000 jobs from March 2012 to April 2012, with the private service providing sector adding 123,000 jobs during the month. However, employment in the private goods producing sector declined by 4,000 jobs in April 2012. The April 2012 ADP National Employment Report, which marked the twenty-seventh consecutive monthly jobs gain, is available at: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_April_12.pdf. Continue reading

March 2012 ADP National Employment Report Shows Private Sector Adds 209000 Jobs in Month

 Private sector employment in the United States increased by 209,000 jobs from February 2012 to March 2012, with the private service providing sector adding 164,000 jobs and the private goods producing sector rising by 45,000 jobs during the month, according to the March 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). The report, which marks the twenty-sixth consecutive monthly gain in private employment as measured by ADP, is available at: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_March_12.pdf. Continue reading

February 2012 Employment Situation Report Shows 227000 Jobs Added

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 227,000 jobs in February 2012 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — FEBRUARY 2012’ report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The report also changed employment figures for December 2011 from a gain of 203,000 jobs to 223,000 jobs, while January 2012 figures were revised from a gain of 243,000 jobs to 284,000 jobs. The Employment Situation Report for February 2012 is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the March 2012 Employment Situation report is released on Friday, April 6, 2012. Continue reading

ADP February 2012 Employment Report Shows 216000 Jobs Added to Private Sector

According to the February 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®), employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 216,000 jobs from January 2012 to February 2012, and February’s increase marks the twenty-fifth consecutive monthly gain in private employment as measured by the ADP report. The February 2012 ADP National Employment Report is available at: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_February_12.pdf. Continue reading