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Employment Background Investigations Steps Out To Help The American Diabetes Association
Employment Background Investigations Steps Out To Help The American Diabetes Association

The employees of EBI are looking forward to participating in their sixth Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.  Since 2006, “Team EBI” has joined in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) efforts to help raise awareness, promote healthy living, and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts, and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.  The ADA is the only non-profit organization supporting the 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes.The Walk to Stop Diabetes will take place on Saturday, October 1st 2011 at Brewers Hill/Canton Waterfront, Baltimore, MD.  It is a 5K (3 mile) walk and Team EBI will join thousands of other walkers to help fight Diabetes and share in this fun and healthy community experience.  Others can support EBI in this cause by joining our team for the walk or by making a donation to support one of our team members via our Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes StepOut Center.Participation in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is just one way that EBI helps to combat diabetes, which is America’s fastest growing disease.  Through EBI’s Just One World philanthropic initiative, we also raise money throughout the year for numerous other charitable causes that are close to our heart.  EBI’s Just One World provides a vehicle for employees, clients and business partners to give back to the community and world.

Social Security Numbers Go Random
Social Security Numbers Go Random

Since its inception in 1936, the Social Security Administration has been assigning nine-digit Social Security Numbers to track the wages earned by workers in the United States and to track earnings over the course of their lifetime to calculate retirement benefits.  The algorithm used in the past included a three-digit area number; followed by a two-digit group number; and ended in a four-digit serial number.  Since 1972, Social Security Number cards have been issued centrally; however, the first three-digits were determined by the zip code which reflected the state of issue as provided by the address of the applicant. This sequence along with the group number can be analyzed to determine the SSN holder’s year of birth or year of issue, and also the state of issue for each SSN. 

North Carolina Bill 36 Will Require Many Employers To Use E-Verify
North Carolina Bill 36 Will Require Many Employers To Use E-Verify

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed House Bill 36 into law on June 23, 2011, and the new provisions specify that all counties and municipalities must register and utilize E-Verify to verify the work authorization of all new hires beginning October 1, 2011. Private employers are also affected by the law, however the compliance dates are active in phases and determined by the total number of employees as follows:

Studies Reveal That Over Half Of Employers Experience Workplace Violence In Both The United States and New Zealand
Studies Reveal That Over Half Of Employers Experience Workplace Violence In Both The United States and New Zealand

According to The National Institute For Prevention Of Workplace Violence, Inc., workplace violence is defined as “Acts of aggression or violence, that occur in, or are related to the workplace, whether intentional or reckless, including assaults, threats, disruptive, aggressive, hostile or verbal or emotionally abusive behaviors that generate fear for one’s safety or entails a perceived risk of harm to individuals, or damage to an organization’s resources or capabilities.”   Depending on the severity and nature of the incident; acts of workplace violence can add to lost productivity and materials, lost sales, higher absenteeism, increased workers compensation and medical claims, increased lawsuits and settlement costs, negative publicity, etc.  Statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimate the yearly cost to U.S. employers is over $121 billion per year. 

Tennessee Law HB 1378 Requires Many Employers To Use E-Verify
Tennessee Law HB 1378 Requires Many Employers To Use E-Verify

Governor Bill Haslam has signed the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act  (House Bill 1378) into law, and many private employers and all governmental entities are required by law to demonstrate that they are hiring and maintaining a legal workforce either by verifying the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees through the E-Verify program or by requesting all newly hired employees to provide one of the following identity and employment authorization documents: 

Background Checks Now Required For New Jersey School Board Members
Background Checks Now Required For New Jersey School Board Members

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed A-444 which requires any person elected or appointed to a board of education within the state to undergo a criminal background check within 30 days of being elected or appointed.  All current School Board members will also be required to undergo a background check within 30 days of the effective date of the new law, which is effective immediately.   Any school board member will be disqualified from serving if they have been convicted of the following criminal offenses: 

Diploma Mills In The United States – The Cost Is Too High To U.S. Tax Payers And National Security
Diploma Mills In The United States – The Cost Is Too High To U.S. Tax Payers And National Security

According to the former head of the FBI’s “Dipscam” taskforce whose goal was to prosecute owners of diploma mills, roughly five percent of the buyers of fake degrees were federal employees and another five percent were state government workers.  Although this is not a precise figure but a reasonable estimate based on diploma mill experts, inside sources from the largest diploma mill scam in the United States, online job boards, testimony from Congressional Hearings and data compiled by the U.S. Justice Department, this estimate certainly has a lot of merit and should make all Americans think twice about the toll that diploma mills play on the U.S.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona State Law Requiring E-Verify
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona State Law Requiring E-Verify

On May 26, 2011 the United States Supreme Court ruled that Arizona was well within its legal rights to require Arizona-based employers to check the legal working status of their employees through the E-Verify database.  Arizona’s Fair and Legal Employment Act (HB 2779) requires all businesses to utilize E-Verify to determine the employment eligibility of new hires.  This Act came under fire by the United States Chamber of Commerce which sued the state over the law, and argued that immigration enforcement was under the jurisdiction of the federal government through the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), which was passed in order to control and deter illegal immigration to the United States.  As part of this sweeping immigration law, Congress removed almost all states’ rights to enforce immigration and made it a federal responsibility.  The IRCA included one loophole which gave each state the power to control business licenses issued within a state; Arizona used the employment eligibility requirement as a tool to enforce their licensing requirements.

Indiana Law SEA 590 Requires Employers To Use E-Verify
Indiana Law SEA 590 Requires Employers To Use E-Verify

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed immigration legislation (SEA 590) into law on May 10, 2011, and the bill significantly affects both public and private employers. Effective, July 1, 2011, government agencies and vendors providing services to government agencies will be required by law to utilize E-Verify for the purposes of determining the employment eligibility status of all new employees. Please find below a summary of how the new bill will affect public agencies:

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