Virginia joins ranks of CROWN Act participants

Earlier last month, Virginia officially adopted the CROWN Act into its legislature effectively banning discrimination against natural hairstyles. The CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act (SB 188) was originally enacted exactly a year prior on July 3rd, 2019 in California. New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Colorado, and now Virginia…

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Florida Governor Signs Mandatory E-Verify Law

Earlier last month, current Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law, known as “SB 664”, that would make E-Verify the mandatory method of verifying work eligibility. This would apply to all government employees and even some private employers as well. The provision will be mandatory beginning January first of next year, 2021. Any public…

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Employee Background Check Companies for Employers

Employee background check companies have become a necessity for conducting background checks on potential employees. With applicants making false claims in both their applications and resumes, it is safer for employers to engage the services of background check services to ensure the workplace stays safe. Screening applicants helps discover those who have a criminal history…

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Illinois Marijuana Law Introduces New Compliance Territory

Since the start of the new year, employers in the state of Illinois have faced changes in the way that they navigate the pre-employment background check process through drug screening. Originally signed in June 2019 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act has not taken into effect until this year. With…

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Tip of the Month: Safeguarding Employee Data

From the moment an applicant applies for a position all the way through signing hiring documents and going through onboarding, the employ is collecting sensitive data that must be stored, secured, and if no longer relevant destroyed.  This includes driver’s license numbers, I-9 records, W-4’s, as well as information obtained during a pre-employment background check,…

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4 Ways Employers Can Tackle Recreational Marijuana Laws

Illinois is the most recent state to pass legislation legalizing the use of cannabis starting January 1st of 2020. Illinois joins 9 other states along Washington DC in protecting employees from discipline for non-work marijuana use, which would mirror current laws for tobacco and alcohol use “off the clock”. How should employers navigate through these…

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Understanding the 3/2 Rule of Employee Productivity

When you triple the number of employees, you halve their productivity, or adding 10% employees the productivity of each drops by 6.3%. What causes the productivity decrease? Companies sometimes rationally choose to be in high-volume, low-margin markets. But a more possibility is expensive relationship friction, increased internal communications, and labyrinth bureaucracy. I think it is…

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FCRA Compliance with the 7 Year Rule

Regulations for FCRA Background Check Criminal History Background Screening There are many people currently in distress over FCRA background check compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 7 year’s criminal history regulations. There seem to be issues on both sides of the fence. Both smaller and larger firms have had a recent history of…

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Hair Follicle Testing Gains Popularity

Transportation companies are now starting to use hair follicle testing as part of their employment drug screening program, as opposed to just the conventional urine test. Industry leaders C.R. England, Gordon Trucking and Roehl Transport are adopting the hair follicle test in hopes of reducing the occurrence of drug-abusing drivers. JB Hunt and Schneider National…

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