Archive for March 2016

An employer's 10-step adverse action checklist

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), when employment is denied following a background check. The first step is a pre-adverse notice, sent before a final decision is made. The second step is a notification of adverse action, sent once a hiring decision is made. Adverse action has a critical role to play in effective hiring, but…

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Home Depot to pay $19.5 million for data breach

according to a report from Reuters The home improvement retailer also agreed to improve data security over a two-year period and hire a chief information security officer to oversee its progress. It will separately pay legal fees and related costs for affected consumers. The breach affected people who used payment cards on its self-checkout terminals in…

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EEOC provides new fact sheet for small businesses

here. A product of EEOC’s Small Business Task Force led by Commissioner Constance S. Barker, whose goal is to provide small businesses ready access to plainly written, easily understood information, through the use of the internet, social media, and other sources. The fact sheet focuses specifically on the needs of startups and companies that are…

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EEOC files its first two lawsuits accusing employers of gender bias

the EEOC filed its first two lawsuits accusing employers of gender bias for discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. Specifically, both cases allege employee harassment on the basis of sexual orientation. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of sex. As the federal law enforcement agency charged…

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February employment: U.S. adds 242,000 jobs

The Employment Situation’ news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 242,000 jobs in February while the unemployment rate and unemployed persons was unchanged at 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively. The BLS report revealed that the unemployment rate was down by 0.6 percentage point, and the number of unemployed persons…

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USCIS optimizes E-Verify for mobile devices

enhancements to make its website and online products easier to use on mobile devices. Visitors will find uscis.gov and the Spanish site uscis.gov/es easier to read and use because the content now automatically adjusts to fit the screen of a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. “As technology progresses, digital platforms can no longer take…

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Philadelphia expands their 'ban the box' program

How many employees qualify a company as a private employer Deferring any criminal inquiries until after a conditional offer has been extended Requiring that no employer has a policy of automatically excluding any applicant with a criminal conviction from a job Requiring that a city agency or private employer considers, for employment purposes, a prospective…

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