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Government background checks at risk: 700,000 waiting on clearance

Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GOA) took the unusual step of adding government background check efforts to its list of “high-risk” programs, due to the 700,000 people waiting to get clearance. This action by GOA is certifying that the process is in need of concerted action to prevent waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. “A high-quality…
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E-Verify cases prior to 2008 to be deleted on March 1

On March 1, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must dispose of E-Verify electronic employment verification system records dated on or before December 31, 2007. USCIS annually disposes of E-Verify records that are 10 years old or older per the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal schedule (N 1-566-08-7).…
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'Staggering' trade of diploma mills revealed

A BBC Radio 4’s File on Four program investigation found a “staggering” trade in worthless diploma mill degrees from Axact, a Pakistani firm claiming to be the “world’s largest IT company” that operated a network of hundreds of fake online universities. Buyers include NHS consultants, nurses and a large defense contractor. One British buyer spent almost £500,000…
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94% of job growth since 2005 is temporary

The percentage of workers engaged in alternative work arrangements – defined as temporary help agency workers, on-call workers, contract workers, and independent contractors or freelancers – rose from 10.7 percent in February 2005 to 15.8 percent in late 2015, according to a Princeton study. “We found that 94% of net job growth in the past decade…
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U.S.​ ​employers​ report​ ​most​ ​optimistic​ ​hiring outlook​ ​in​ ​a​ ​decade

U.S. employers report the strongest hiring intentions in 10 years as employers across the country look to add staff in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. According to the report, employers in all 13 industry sectors expect to add staff in Q1 2018. 21% plan to hire, while just…
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December 2017 employment: US adds 148,000 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 remained unchanged at 4.1%, while the economy added 148,000 jobs, in December. Employment gains occurred in health care, construction, and manufacturing. The labor force participation rate, at 62.7 percent, was unchanged over…
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Gig economy set to impact background screening in 2018

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation, according to population estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau (shared by Pew Research). With millennials being a more transient, adaptable, and flexible generation that those before, we’re sure to see such population trends have an impact on employment. In one particular…
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Study: 38% of employers have lost candidates due to poor background screening processes

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 38% of employers have lost a candidate because they had a negative experience with their background check. However, less than half of HR managers who conduct background checks have tested their background check experience themselves. And when employers do test their process, they identify a less than ideal candidate experience,…
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New DOT drug testing panel to take effect January 1, 2018

In response to the current opioid crisis, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has made a final ruling on new DOT drug testing panels. These will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The DOT drug testing program will now include testing for expanded opiates – including hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone. These four semi-synthetic opioids have been…
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