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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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 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 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 Background Checks Required When Promoting Part-Time to Full-Time Employment

5 Background Checks Required When Promoting Part-Time to Full-Time Employment 1.) Are the responsibilities or duties of the promoted employee changing? The majority of employers are under the impression that a background check is only appropriate upon initial hire; however, any time a change in classification or overall job function is made (such as converting…

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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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3 Steps to Background Check Applicants for Diploma Mills

3 Steps to Background Check Applicants for Diploma Mills 1.) Being Accredited by a Governing Body Being accredited by a governing body is one of the requirements that educational institutions must achieve in order to be able to provide services. The governing body usually consists of industry related associations like the American Dental Association or…

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3 Reasons Why Employers Should Conduct Background Screening Checks Post Offer?

One of the most common concerns we have from hiring executives is regarding when they should run the background check? Before I hire the person or after?  The paradigm has shifted to post-offer with the recent “ban the box” legislation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement.  We will look at three reasons why…

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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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