Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Prison Policy Initiative has released a report entitled “Out of Prison & Out of Work” that calculates the unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated ex-offenders to be 27 percent, meaning that more than one out of four people who served time in prison and were released are …Continue reading "Report Finds More than One Out of Four Formerly Incarcerated Ex-Offenders are Unemployed"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 5, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige signed Senate Bill 2351 (SB 2351) into law which prohibits prospective employers in the state from requesting or considering the wage or salary history of job applicants as part of an employment application process or compensation offer. SB …Continue reading "Hawaii Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Background check firms are focused on making candidate screening – sometimes considered the most stressful aspect of the recruiting process – as painless as possible, according to a background check expert interviewed in the ‘Sector Report: Navigating the Patchwork of Screening Regulations’ available on Workforce.com.Continue reading "Background Check Firms Help Employers Navigate Regulations when Screening Job Candidates"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 2, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a company agreed to settle charges of falsely claiming to comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework which allows the transfer of consumer data from European Union (EU) countries to the United States (U.S.), according to …Continue reading "FTC Announces Company Settling Charges of Falsely Claiming Participation in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Beginning on July 9, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) started to perform financial background checks that include a public records review within 15 calendar days after a firm applies to register an individual with FINRA to enhance the quality of information about individual brokers available …Continue reading "FINRA Launches Enhanced Process for Financial Background Checks of Brokers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 10, 2018 – Equal Pay Day – Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed the Wage History Anti-Discrimination Law to ban employers from asking about the salary history of applicants on applications or during interviews to prevent the perpetuation of the gender wage gap. The law …Continue reading "Westchester County NY Ban on Salary History Questions by Employers Takes Effect on July 9"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 213,000 jobs in June 2018 while the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent during the month, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).Continue reading "June 2018 Employment Situation Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 213,000 Jobs During Month"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 25, 2018, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill (HB) 774 which broadens the situations in which individuals convicted of a crime may petition for a “Certificate of Relief” and helps reduce the risks employers may face when hiring ex-offenders. HB 774 takes effect …Continue reading "North Carolina Expands Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders While Reducing Risks for Employers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a comprehensive internet privacy and data breach protection bill called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (Assembly Bill 375), according to a press release on the website of Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), one of the authors …Continue reading "Governor Brown Signs California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 into Law in Response to Recent Data Breaches"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has released the results of its second annual background screening survey of Human Resources (HR) professionals that revealed 95 percent of employers said their organization is conducting employment background screening in 2018.Continue reading "NAPBS Survey Reveals 95 Percent of Employers Conducting Employment Background Screening in 2018"