Archive for April 2016

Elder abuse legislation coming soon in Tennessee

wjhl.com. The legislation would make it more difficult for people with a criminal history to be employed in positions where they will be working with the elderly – one of the most vulnerable groups in society. The bill would require background checks for people who work directly with patients before they’re hired. Currently, employees have…

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Missouri joins the ban the box movement

made an announcement directing state agencies to lessen unnecessary barriers to employment by removing questions relating to criminal history from employment applications. The order directs all departments, agencies and boards and commissions in the Executive Branch subject to the authority of the Governor to take all necessary action to amend initial employment applications by removing questions…

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Companies start signing on to the Fair Chance Business Pledge

Fair Chance Business Pledge. The 19 initial signatories include major companies such as American Airlines, Busboys and Poets, The Coca-Cola Company, Facebook, Georgia Pacific, Google, Greyston Bakery, The Hershey Company, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Koch Industries, Libra Group, PepsiCo, Prudential, Starbucks, Uber, Under Amour/Plank Industries, Unilever and Xerox. The pledge encourages signatories…

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Legislation introduced to ban credit employment checks in Massachusetts

filed an ordinance that would ban employer use of credit checks, including preventing employers from asking applicants to grant permission to perform such a check. Massachusetts has long banned the box for employers – and now looks to do the same for credit checks. “We need to be eliminating all barriers to employment to ensure people…

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Congress urged to lift food stamp drug testing ban

urged congressional lawmakers via a letter to support a proposal that would give states the right to drug-test food stamp recipients. Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt introduced a proposal in February that would scrap the drug-test restriction, aiming to reduce fraud and abuse within the food stamp system. The eleven Republican governors that sent the letter in…

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Uber to pay $10 million over driver background checks

ABC 7 News. The lawsuit, filed in 2014, said that Uber falsely claimed its criminal screening of would-be drivers was the most comprehensive available. San Francisco and Los Angeles prosecutors sued, saying Uber’s background checks were inferior to what taxi drivers undergo because they did not include fingerprint checks for past convictions. According to a settlement…

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Austin, TX, to ban the box for private employers

ban the box legislation to give people with criminal records a fair chance to find work. The ban prohibits most private employers in the City from conducting a background check into the criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional job offer is made to them. The  legislation covers most types of employment and…

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USWNT players file complaint with EEOC

In the charge, the players claim that even though the women’s team is the driving economic force for U.S. Soccer, its players are paid far less than their counterparts on the men’s national team. A statement the players and their attorney released said: “The numbers speak for themselves.  We are the best in the world, have…

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March 2016 employment: US adds 215,000 jobs

The Employment Situation’ news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March while the unemployment rate and unemployed persons was  little changed at 5.0 percent and 8 million respectively. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.5 percent), adult women (4.6 percent), teenagers (15.9…

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