April 2019 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 263,000 Jobs in Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 263,000 jobs in April 2019 while the unemployment rate declined to 3.6 percent during the month, according to the jobs report for April 2019 released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobs report showed the number of …

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U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Major Appeals Court Decision in Equal Pay Case Due to Death of Judge

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 25, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States vacated a “major” Appeals Court decision in Yovino v. Rizo (18-272) which ruled in favor of a woman in an equal pay claim made against Fresno County in California because a judge died before the decision …

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Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at SHRM 2019 Talent Conference & Exposition

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the world’s largest HR professional society – will hold the SHRM 2019 Talent Conference & Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee from April 8 to 10, 2019. The conference will feature screening industry leaders such as background expert Attorney Lester Rosen, …

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VA Hiring of Ex-Offenders Shows “Catch 22” Situation Employers Face with Use of Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) asserts that the many ex-offenders with criminal records they have hired “fresh out of prison” – some to work as Human Resources (HR) officials who assist in screening job applicants – all have been “properly vetted,” according to a report …

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U.S. Senate Banking Committee Invites Feedback on Information Security Issues in Financial Sector

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs is inviting feedback on information security issues that include the collection, use, and protection of sensitive information by financial regulators and private companies, according to a press release on the Committee’s website.

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Atlanta Removes Salary History Question from City Job Applications to Close Gender Pay Gap

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 18, 2019, the City of Atlanta, Georgia removed the salary history question on employment applications for City jobs in an effort to ensure fair hiring practices, close the gender pay gap, and prevent wage discrimination, according to a press release on the City of Atlanta’s …

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Aurora Warehouse Shooting Highlights Dangers HR Professionals Face from Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 15, 2019, five employees were shot and killed at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois by a worker who was being fired, an incident highlighting the dangers Human Resource (HR) professionals can face from workplace violence, according to an article from the Society for Human Resource …

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President Trump Signs Executive Order to Maintain American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 11, 2019, President of the United States Donald J. Trump signed an ‘Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence (AI)’ since AI “promises to drive growth of the United States economy, enhance our economic and national security, and improve our quality of life.”

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Job Openings Reach Record High of 7.3 Million in December 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The number of job openings in the United States reached a series high of 7.3 million on the last business day of December 2018 – the highest level since the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) started measuring them in 2000 – according to the Job Openings and Labor …

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BBB Offers Tips on Avoiding Romance Scams Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) – whose mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust – is offering tips on how to avoid online romance scams since online dating and social media have made it easier than ever …

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