Archive for June 2018

Unemployment rate decreases among those with disabilities

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities decreased last year, falling from 10.5 percent in 2016 to 9.2 percent in 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). “This is a significant decline,” said BLS economist Janie-Lynn Kang. “The decline reflects the trend in the overall labor force, which has been recovering since the…

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Why employee re-screening should be a priority for all employers

The 2018 HireRight EMEA Employment Screening Benchmark Survey revealed that only 39% of employees are re-screened after being promoted or changing roles and, what’s worse, only 15% of employers currently re-screen employees with no role change. While pre-employment background checks are common practice for most companies, ongoing screening has yet to be accepted as standard policy. Employers…

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Report: Thousands of criminals cleared to be Uber drivers

According to a new report on CNN, thousands of criminals have been cleared to drive for Uber despite their significant criminal history. The report found Uber and Lyft “pushed back on government efforts to add other layers of scrutiny to the screening process” and “successfully fought off additional backgrounding requirements for drivers such as fingerprint scans…

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Washington 'bans the box'

Earlier this month, the Washington Fair Chance Act took effect and implemented ‘ban the box‘ protections for job applicants with criminal records seeking employment in the state of Washington. Now, all west coast states, and some west coast cities (such as Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle), have ‘ban the box’ laws. The new legislation prohibits both private and…

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May 2018 employment: US adds 223,000 jobs

According to ‘The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States dropped to 3.8% and the number of unemployed persons declined to 6.1 million, while the economy added 223,000 jobs, in May. After six months at 4.1%, unemployment finally broke below 4%…

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