“Ban the Box” Laws Expand to a Federal Level with Presidential Approval

On December 20th of 2019, President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included provisions that would enact “ban the box” policy on a federal level. These provisions within the act as known as the “Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019” simply known as the “Fair Chance Act”. The new…

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12 Crucial Components Every Human Resources Professional Must Know About Employment Background Screening

Number 1 – It starts with the Policy! As with any company procedure, a nondiscriminatory background screening policy is mandatory to deter any claims of discrimination brought against the company. The background screening policy will help employers with the following: Reduce claims of discriminatory treatment brought by applicants who have not passed the employment background…

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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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5 Seasonal Hire Horror Stories

The holiday hiring spree has started. According to today’s jobs report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s retailers added 434,500 people to their payrolls in November 2014. Here are some of the horror stores associated with this spike in hiring, and inadequate or no background checks being performed: A pizza company hired…

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5 Steps to a Lightning-Fast Hiring Policy

5 Steps to a Lightning-Fast Hiring Policy In order to deter claims of discrimination and follow best practices in the hiring process, a well-thought-out hiring policy should be drafted. The policy will address main topics such as personnel requisitions, recruitment, interview process, employment background checks, and start date and orientation. 1.) Personnel Requisitions This is…

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5 Things to Consider When Hiring Candidates with a Criminal Background

5 Things to Consider When Hiring Candidates with a Criminal Background Hiring candidates with a criminal background may be a tough gig, but people make mistakes. Whether or not their age, economic gain, or peer pressure were involved, certain factors can contribute to an applicant having a criminal past. Their lapse in judgment could result…

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5 Ways Criminal Background Checks Protect Against Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

It is estimated that a single negligent hiring claim can cost a company upwards of $500,000 in legal fees and fines. Not to mention the psychological toll a traumatic event can have on employees and management. One simple remedy that employers can use is implementing new hire criminal background checks. By consistently screening employees as…

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7 Recommended Prerequisites for Engaging a Background Screening Organization

Due Diligence When Hiring a Background Screening Organization 1.) Online Presence and Branding First impressions are everything, especially when selecting vendors for hire. There are many different matters to consider when engaging a background screening organization to provide vital information such as employment background checks. The employment background check industry is relatively new and it…

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Avoid Relying on FBI Fingerprint Reports for Background Checks

Avoid Relying on FBI Fingerprint Reports for Background Checks Majority of states require certain industries (i.e. schools, churches, in home health care, etc.) to utilize Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint reports as part of the hiring process. A new study has revealed major flaws associated with these types of…

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