Archive for May 2012

Signs of improvement in the US labor market

Payrolls climbed by 150,000 workers after a 115,000 gain in April, according to the median forecast of 68 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News ahead of Labor Department figures due June 1. Cycle of improvement Bigger job and wage gains will probably be needed to trigger a self-sustaining cycle of increases in hiring and consumer spending…

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What can employers ask during the hiring process?

resigning due to resume fraud, many employers are stepping back and realizing how important it is to run proper background checks on potential employees. Screening during the hiring process There is no doubt that a thorough screening of job applicants and employees is a great way to ensure you have an effective and productive workforce.…

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Airline staff test positive to alcohol and drug tests

Dozens of aircraft engineers, airline cabin crew, refuellers, security staff and baggage handlers have tested positive in drug and alcohol tests conducted by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. CASA was given the power to randomly test employees in sensitive areas of the aviation industry in September 2008. The Advertiser applied for details of the testing under the…

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Employers banned from requesting applicant Facebook passwords

The question really is: “Where do we draw the line?” The matter has finally been settled, with the Senate introducing the 2012 Password Protection Act.  Concerned with what they believe is “the growing practice of employers requiring prospective or current employees to provide access to password-protected accounts as a condition for employment,” Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-CT;…

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Yahoo fires CEO due to resume fraud

resume fraud. Only a few months into the job, Yahoo’s CEO, Scott Thompson, has resigned after it was revealed he lied on his resume. What is resume fraud? Resume fraud is a sub-section of negligent hiring, and presents itself when an applicant lies about information on their resume. This information usually relates to dates of employment, past…

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New trend – landlord background checks

Why? To protect themselves from fraud, according to chron.com. “People will pay the first and last month’s rent along with a hefty security deposit. Add to this the cost of switching utilities, moving expenses and even simple home decor and tenants could easily invest over $5,000 up front with their move” says Juergen Kneifel. These…

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Wells Fargo defends background check program

Because federal law forbids insured depository institutions from hiring people with criminal histories, Wells Fargo were required to fire Ms Quesada even though she had been working at the company for five years. A Wells Fargo spokesman claimed: “We are bound by federal law that generally prohibits us from hiring or continuing the employment of any…

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Job posting compliance with anti-discrimination laws

Immigration Compliance Insights. You may have heard different variations of these questions and I always urge extreme caution to employers when using any such wording as such language could run afoul of the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), specifically section 274B. These provisions prohibit hiring, firing, recruitment or referral for a fee, as well as…

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