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EEOC Meeting April 25 to Vote on New Guidance for Criminal Records Used by Employers for Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Government agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 to vote on proposed ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ to revise guidance on the use of criminal records by employers for employment screening background checks. The meeting will take place at 9:30 A.M. Eastern Time in the Commission Meeting Room on the First Floor of the EEOC Office Building at 131 “M” Street, NE in Washington, D.C.. For more information, visit: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-19-12.cfm. Continue reading

Colorado Employment Opportunity Act Restricting Credit Checks by Employers Passes First Vote

The Denver Post reports that Colorado senators have given initial approval to legislation – Senate Bill 3 (SB-3) The “Employment Opportunity Act” – that would restrict businesses in the state from using consumer credit report checks to screen most job applicants if passed. Sponsored by Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora), SB-3 passed on a voice vote and now heads to a final reading before the Senate. If SB-3 is passed by the Senate and the House, Colorado would become the eighth U.S. state to restrict credit checks for employment, joining California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington. The text of SB-3 is available at: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2012a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/8D79274CA03CF03A87257981007E0C6C?open&file=003_01.pdf. Continue reading

Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Coming Under Greater Scrutiny by EEOC

With a recent survey showing nine out of ten employers conduct criminal background checks on some or all job candidates, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting in July 2011 examining the use of arrest and conviction records by employers for criminal background checks to determine if the practice was an unfair and discriminatory hiring barrier to job seeking ex-offenders. The EEOC’s actions, coupled with the growing “Ban the Box” movement seeking to remove the criminal history question from job applications, shows that employer use of criminal records is under fire now more than ever. This is Trend Number 1 of the fifth annual ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

Credit Report Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Increasingly Regulated by State Laws

In recent years, several U.S. states have passed laws regulating the use of employment credit reports of job applicants and current employees that have impacted the way employers conduct background checks. Seven states – California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington – currently have laws that limit the use of credit report checks by employers for employment purposes, with the most recent law, California Assembly Bill 22 (CA AB 22), taking effect January 1, 2012. Other states, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), are considering further restrictions on credit checks by employers. This is Trend Number 2 of the fifth annual ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

Civil Rights and Labor Groups Seek to End Credit Checks of Job Applicants by Employers

According to a report from HuffingtonPost.com, a coalition of 25 civil rights and labor advocacy groups recently petitioned TransUnion – one of the largest credit-monitoring firms in the United States along with Equifax and Experian and the only privately-held company of the so-called ‘Big Three’ – to stop making credit reports available and selling consumer credit information to employers to use for credit checks of job applicants during the hiring process. Continue reading

California Passes AB 22 Placing Restrictions on Use of Credit Checks by Employers

Effective January 1, 2012, employers or prospective employers in California – with the exception of certain financial institutions – will be prohibited from obtaining consumer credit reports to use in the hiring and promotion process after Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) that restricts usage of consumer credit reports for employment purposes. California now joins Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington as U.S. states that currently limit the use of credit checks by employers. To read AB 22, visit: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_22_bill_20110920_enrolled.pdf. Continue reading

SHRM Study Finds More than Half of Employers Favor Drug Testing Job Applicants

A recently released study examining the use of drug testing programs by employers conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and commissioned by the Drug and Alcohol Testing Association (DATIA) found that more than half of employers (57 percent) conduct drug tests on all job candidates. Continue reading

SHRM Survey Finds Employers Wary of Using Social Networking Websites and Online Search Engines to Screen Job Candidates

As part of a series of surveys from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) focusing on the use of social media in the workplace, ‘SHRM Survey Findings: The Use of Social Networking Websites and Online Search Engines in Screening Job Candidates’ centered on how organizations use social networking websites and online search engines as a tool for screening potential job candidates. Contrary to popular belief, the SHRM survey found only slightly more than one-quarter (26 percent) of organizations indicated they used online search engines such as Google and Yahoo to screen job candidates during the hiring process while even fewer organizations (18 percent) used social networking websites like Facebook and LinkedIn for that purpose. Continue reading

Special Report Reveals Advantages and Difficulties of Conducting Past Employment Verification and Reference Checking

While most employers agree knowing the work history of the employees they hire is an essential part of their decision making process, conducting past employment verification and reference checking can often be a very frustrating task since many employers, on advice of legal counsel, have a “no comment” policy that allows only verification of the most basic information such as job titles and the start and end dates and job titles of former employees, according to a ‘Special Report: Obtaining Employment References©.’ Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Teach Reference Checking and Education Verification at 2011 SHRM Annual Conference on June 29

Background check expert Lester Rosen, an Attorney at Law and President of nationwide background screening provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an educational session at the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification.’ The session will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, follow this link. Continue reading