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U.S. employers face significant changes to H-1B lottery process

The changes are significant, employers should take note: An electronic registration requirement for U.S. employers wishing to file H-lB cap subject petition DHS has suspended the electronic registration requirement for this year’s FY2020 H-lB cap. Therefore, U.S. employers who seek to file an H-lB cap-subject petition in this year’s upcoming FY2020 lottery can follow the…
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Workplace drug overdoses on the rise

An increase in overdoses — as well as drug-related deaths — in the workplace nationwide has led to a renewed focus on employment drug policies and screening procedures. A Dayton Daily News examination of new federal labor data found that it was the fifth consecutive year that unintentional workplace overdoses and drug-related deaths both increased…
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January 2019 employment: US adds 304,000 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 edged up to 4.0%. while the economy added 304,000 jobs, in January. Both the unemployment rate, at 4.0 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 6.5 million, edged up in…
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South Carolina weighing up 'ban the box' legislation

Several bills are pending in South Carolina state legislature right now that could have a significant impact on employers across the state. One of the most significant is House Bill 3463: a ‘ban the box‘ proposal that would prohibit employment applications from including questions related to convictions of a crime, unless the crime directly relates…
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The #1 reason people switch jobs? They're bored.

According to a Korn Ferry poll of nearly 5,000 professionals, the top reason people were looking for a new job in 2018? They’re bored. While many would predict money to be the main motivator, that was far from the reality. One third of respondents said they’d want a new job because they were looking for…
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Delta to pay $2.3M to settle background check lawsuit

Delta Air Lines has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit. The suit alleges it failed to provide approximately 44,000 applicants with a stand-alone background check disclosure, which would be in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California law. Delta’s forms contained extraneous and misleading information, according to…
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FTC with limited services due to government shutdown

The government shutdown continues to be problematic for the employment screening industry. Previously, we highlighted how CBSV and E-Verify were suffering delays. We are also seeing services from FTC being put on hold until the conclusion of the shutdown. The website currently has the following message: “The FTC is closed due to the lapse in…
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Nine states now ban salary history questions as part of the job interview process

With new laws being introduced in Hawaii and Connecticut on January 1 of this year, nine states now have legislation in place that prohibits employers from requesting salary history information from job applicants. The laws are aimed at ending the cycle of pay discrimination and some go further than merely banning pay history questions. A…
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December 2018 employment: US adds 312,000 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 at 3.9 percent, while the economy added 312,000 jobs, in December. The unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage point to 3.9 percent in December, and the number of unemployed persons…
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