New Changes on Screening Federal Government Employees

New Changes on Screening Federal Government Employees The Defense Department had decided to step in and take responsibility for protecting and storing sensitive personal information on millions of federal employees. Until now, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was the entity responsible for housing the data and conducting investigations on federal personnel. The Obama Administration…

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Your New Year’s Resolution for HR

Resolution #1: Updating your Employment Background Screening Policy Successful employers review their business plan on an annual basis and make necessary changes relative to what transpired over the preceding year. One of the most crucial parts of any organization’s business plan is Human Resources, specifically the hiring process. Each year companies must be aware of…

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Top 10 Mistakes When Conducting Background Checks

Leave it to the experts! Employers may conduct their backgrounds checks “in house” as opposed to using a reputable nationwide employment screening firm. This is a bad idea unless the employer has an internal expert on federal and state laws pertaining to background checks. Save time and money by hiring a third-party company. Do not…

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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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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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Five Ways to Stay on Top of Changing Compliance Laws

1. Who are the “experts” regarding compliance? National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is the only trade association dedicated to consumer reporting agencies (CRA) that exists to foster proper business practices, compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and equal employment opportunity as well as state and international consumer protection laws pertaining to the…

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Consumer Reporting Agencies Hit with $13 Million Class Action Lawsuit

Two of the largest employment background screening companies in the U.S. have been hit with a $13 million class action lawsuit for failing to ensure that they provided accurate information to employers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Thursday that General Information Services and its affiliate backgroundchecks.com potentially violated consumers’ eligibility for employment and…

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New Legislation will Ban the Box for Federal Jobs

The federal government is jumping onto the “ban the box” band wagon that has taken the U.S. by storm. A group of bipartisan lawmakers revealed a new bill that claims to give former incarcerated people a fair chance of gaining employment with the federal government. The Fair Chance Act will follow current ban the box…

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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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Employers Use of Drug Screening Medical Marijuana Appplicants

In a landmark decision by the Colorado Supreme Court, it has been ruled that even though marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, federally it still considered an illegal drug which would violate employers’ right to keep a drug free workplace. The decision stems from a five year legal battle involving Brandon Coats, a…

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