School Bus Safety Laws To Tighten in New Jersey

New School Bus Safety Laws in New Jersey New Jersey Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen District 37) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergan District 38) are working to strengthen existing state bus safety laws by requiring background checks on all school bus aides (employees who monitor and maintain safety on school buses). The existing law only requires…

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Reviewing Background Checks with Hiring Candidates

Reviewing Background Checks with Hiring Candidates There is a new philosophy around conducting an individualized assessment with a candidate that has a criminal past that involves reviewing background checks. Its purpose is to determine if in fact the specific crime committed is grounds for disqualification from employment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a…

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Reducing Employee Turnover Rates

Reducing Employee Turnover Rates The most effective way to reduce employee turnover rates is through conducting employment background checks on all new hires. Certain industries experience higher employee turnover rates than others. The retail industry, for example, has a 30% employee turnover rate. This chart indicates employee turnover rates by percentages based on industry: Organizations…

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Recap of NAPBS Background Screening Survey

Recap of NAPBS Background Screening Survey The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) published the results of its second national survey (commissioned HR.com to facilitate the survey) asking over 2,137 human resource professionals about employment background checks. The NAPBS background screening survey is titled, “How Human Resource Professionals View the Use and Effectiveness of…

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Reasons to Implement Continuous Criminal Monitoring in the Workforce

Reasons to Implement Continuous Criminal Monitoring in the Workforce Traditionally, employers would conduct an employment background check on a new hire to ensure proper suitability with the organization; however, the screening should not stop there. More and more employers are starting to move toward a “continuous criminal monitoring” model as part of their ongoing duties…

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Previous Salary History Questions in Massachusetts

Employers in Massachusetts may no longer inquire about previous salary history during an interview. The Pay Equity law requires commonwealth employers to compensate men and women equally based on comparable work. The law also prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their previous salary history as part of the screening process. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito…

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Oregon Adopts “Ban the Box”

The state legislature of Oregon has already had a busy year passing laws pertaining to paid sick leave, non-compete agreements and social media employee privacy. Now Governor Kate Brown has signed into law House Bill 3025, restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s previous criminal history on an employment application (the law take effect January…

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