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USE OF BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION

Have you ever had a background check conducted for an employee and then wondered if you can use the information provided for another purpose? The Federal Trade Commission recently posted an article to its blog explaining how, in accordance with the FCRA, an employer or other user of a consumer report cannot “double dip” the information contained within a report. This means that consumer reports ordered for one reason cannot be used for another. Employers... Read More

HOUSE APPROVES TRADE-PROMOTION AUTHORITY FOR OBAMA IN ANTICIPATION OF THE TPP

“The House on Thursday took the first step toward resuscitating the White House’s trade agenda by passing legislation granting President Obama fast-track authority. The bill now goes to the Senate, where the White House and GOP leaders are seeking to strike a deal with pro-trade Democrats. The House vote was 218-208, with 28 Democrats voting for it.   This is the second time in a week the House has voted to approve the controversial... Read More

LA CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15.00 BY 2020

“The City Council has voted in favor, 14-2, to increase Los Angeles’ minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years. The council met at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the proposal, which was unanimously approved on May 13 by its Economic Development Committee. It’s the first of two votes needed to finalize the bill. “Today, help is on the way for one million Angelenos who live in poverty,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “I started... Read More

Digital Jobs Help Grow Hollywood’s Economy

“A surge in digital entertainment jobs from new online shows on Amazon, YouTube and other new-media outlets has helped drive employment in Hollywood to the highest level in a decade. Some 8,000 new jobs were added to the motion picture and sound recording sector in Los Angeles County last year, according to state jobs data. The 6.5% growth from the previous year was three times higher than all private-sector jobs in the county. There have been... Read More

Business Leaders and White House Clash Over Current and Upcoming Regulation

“With the White House taking a more aggressive role in setting labor standards, industry groups are beginning to fight back — lashing out at the executive branch for pursuing “a partisan agenda.” A coalition of five national industry groups — including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — filed a complaint in federal court earlier this week to block a change to the way the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administers unionization elections.... Read More

The Health Care Mandate Kicks In THIS WEEK!

“On Thursday, the long-anticipated “employer mandate” kicks in, meaning businesses with 50 or more employees need to start offering their workers health insurance plans, if they’re not doing so already. Well, for the most part. Nothing is ever simple when it comes to health reform, especially in the group market. Employers with between 50 and 100 full-time workers may be able to postpone the mandate if they meet certain criteria. Also,... Read More

Congress Passes the “Small Business Efficiency Act”

“Legislation creating a voluntary certification program for professional employer organizations within the IRS received approval from the US Senate last night, the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations announced. It passed the House two weeks ago. The legislation, the Small Business Efficiency Act, was part of a tax extenders bill passed by the Senate, according to NAPEO. “This is truly a historic moment for the PEO industry,”... Read More

Obama’s Immigration Executive Order and What It Could Mean for You

“President Obama’s November 20 executive orders could allow as many as five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the US if they meet certain conditions. Employers should note that the order also extends the stay of foreign graduates of US colleges with high-tech skills. What the order does not do is grant undocumented workers citizenship or the right to remain in the US permanently. However, it does enable individuals to request... Read More

ILLINOIS PASSES “BAN THE BOX” ACT

“This past Monday, July 21, 2014, Illinois joined Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island as the fifth State to enact a so called “ban the box” law.  Signed by the Governor, the law will take effect on January 1, 2015. Called the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, the law prohibits private sector employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal record or history until after the employer has scheduled an interview.... Read More

U.K.: Police ‘Too Busy’ to Check Foreign Offenders’ Convictions

“Foreign criminals are ending up with shorter jail terms than British offenders because police are failing to carry out adequate background checks, a former intelligence chief has warned.  Michael Askew, an ex-superintendent at Scotland Yard’s intelligence bureau, claimed simple checks that could flag up an offender’s criminal history overseas are being overlooked by police who are too busy.  And he said UK citizens are receiving comparatively... Read More

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