Louisiana Adopts “Ban the Box”

Louisiana Adopts “Ban the Box” Louisiana has become one of 24 states that have now passed “ban the box” legislation, meaning that job applicants will be evaluated based on skills and interview conversations rather than just a check mark. Governor John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Wednesday prohibiting state employers from inquiring about the…

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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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Marijuana Laws 101: Things to Consider When Developing Your Organization’s Drug Policy

Marijuana Laws 101: Things to Consider When Developing Your Organization’s Drug Policy Maintaining a 100% drug free work place is the driving factor in developing your organization’s drug policy. Mandated compliance with federal law States with medical/recreational marijuana laws If the company has “safety” sensitive positions Handling positive tests for marijuana Not testing for just…

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How Employers Conduct an Individualized Assessment for Background Checks

It has been four years since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released their guidance on how employers should use criminal convictions reported on an employment background check. One of the major components highlighted in the guidance was the individualized assessment, and the importance of allowing the job candidate to explain any past criminal records;…

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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Hit with FCRA Violation Claim

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Hit with FCRA Violation Claim New federal lawsuit alleges that Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law by utilizing criminal records that exceed the seven-year reporting period set forth in the FCRA. The class action suit levied against the nation’s sixth…

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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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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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Dave and Buster’s Involved in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

An FCRA class action lawsuit has been filed against popular restaurant, Dave and Buster’s, for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Joseph Alvarez alleges that he applied for employment at the organization’s Orlando, FL location earlier this year. Upon receiving the final results from the background check performed on Joseph Alvarez, Dave and Busters…

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