Archive for January 2012

E-verify immigration laws passed in several states

Alabama and Tennessee, three other southern states have introduced new immigration legislation starting in 2012. While broadly similar, there are some differences, as mentioned below. Georgia Georgia’s new immigration law, HB 87, is another broad piece of legislation that provides for state and local enforcement of immigration laws. With regards to E-Verify, HB 87 requires…

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MYB honored at Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner

[/caption] The awards dinner, held at Kenmure Country Club, celebrated the success of local outstanding businesses and recognized individuals for their service to the community as examples of Chamber members at their best, said Bob Williford, president of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. Other Chamber award winners included David Jordan, Chamber Ambassador of the Year;…

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Alabama and Tennessee introduce new employment legislation

The Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizens Protection Act Alabama’s new immigration law, Act No. 2011-535, is widely considered to be the toughest immigration law in the nation. While some parts of the law have drawn legal challenges, most of the provisions relating directly to employers have survived. Effective January 1, 2012, as a condition for…

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Tennessee wants drug testing for all who receive benefits

drug testing for welfare recipients. But it doesn’t stop there. He also said tentatively that it’s “fine with me” if corporate executives whose businesses are awarded millions of dollars in state taxpayer cash as incentives to create jobs in Tennessee are subjected to the same drug tests as the recipients of welfare and food stamps…

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Five steps to performing a background check

employment checks on both current, and prospective, employees. But understandably, when you realize what a challenge they can be, it’s easy to skip them. To make things easier for you, here’s our five step process to performing a background check: 1) Get professional help The first way you can make the background screening process a lot…

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Drug test for taxpayer-funded jobs in West Virginia

Drug testing in the workplace should be a priority for any business owner, as it contributes to a more productive and efficient work environment. The Department of Labor suggests that “Seventy-three percent of all current drug users aged 18 and older (8.3 million adults) are employed. This includes 6.7 million full-time workers and 1.6 million part-time…

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Pepsi sued for using background checks incorrectly

agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren’t convicted of a crime. Using arrest and conviction records to deny employment can be illegal if it’s irrelevant for the job, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…

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350 New Jersey school board members forced to resign

[/caption] Failure to have completed the background check by Dec. 31 is an offense and officials who refuse to step down could be charged with a fourth-degree crime under the new law. “If you don’t complete the background check, and you try to stick around, you risk going to jail. It’s as simple as that,” said…

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Henderson County optimistic for 2012 jobs

Henderson County has weathered stormy periods with unemployment in the four years since the recession hit, but there is hope that 2012 may show improvement. In January 2008, the county’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent as reported by the N.C. Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security, formerly the N.C. Employment Security Commission. But the…

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