Archive for March 2017

Report: 96% of employers now conduct background screening

gauge their views on background screening. The survey indicated that 96% of employers conduct one or more types of employment background screening. The most prevalent check is some form of criminal history check. In addition, employers cited public safety as the #1 reason they conducted background screening, with 89% stating they conducted screens to protect…

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California introduces state-wide 'ban the box' bill

Assembly Bill 1008, which proposes new state-wide restrictions on an employer’s ability to make employment decisions based on an applicant or employee’s criminal records. The bill would make it unlawful for a California employer to: Include on an application for employment any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s criminal history; Inquire into or…

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February 2017 employment: US adds 235,000 jobs

The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States remained quite steady at 4.7%, while the economy added 235,000 jobs, in February. The report indicated that the number of unemployed persons in the U.S. decreased to 7.5 million in February 2017. Employment…

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Senate ends reporting requirement for federal contractors

SHRM. The original rule was part of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulations. The blacklisting provisions required contractors to disclose in the initial bid process whether they had been the subject of adverse litigation, arbitration or administrative proceedings involving any of 14 federal labor laws in the last three years. “The blacklisting rule was…

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House Republicans vote to expand welfare drug testing

House Joint Resolution 42 would repeal a Labor Department rule that limits drug testing to two circumstances. Currently, benefits applicants can be tested if they were terminated from their previous job due to illegal use of a controlled substance or if the only available suitable work for an individual is in an occupation that requires…

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