Archive for January 2013

Montana bill HB 197 would expand drug and alcohol testing

last week that would expand drug and alcohol testing to all working people in the state. Bill sponsor, Republican Champ Edmunds of Missoula says the bill will help reduce workers compensation rates for employers. Edmunds says, “This only allows, it doesn’t require drug testing. It just allows drug testing, the same way it does now…

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10 incredible facts about employment screening

10 background check facts all employers should know – we’ve found some additional, incredible facts surrounding hiring, employment screening and protecting your business. With contributions from the Paycor Resource Center webinar on safe hiring, here’s our latest list of shocking employment check facts: 40% of resumes contain material lies or omissions about past jobs, education…

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EEOC’s New Strategic Enforcement Plan emphasis on systematic discrimination

Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) setting forth its priorities and methods of enforcement for the next 4 years. A key focus of the SEP continues to be systemic discrimination cases, in which the EEOC, on its own initiative, investigates an employer’s employment practices across its workforce. The EEOC is de-emphasizing charges of discrimination brought by individual…

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Report: No references required for federal law enforcement hires

reference checking to assess skill and aptitude of applicants for law enforcement positions, such as background investigations; performance assessments; polygraph examinations; logic, cognitive and behavior tests; panel interviews; medical examinations; and drug and fitness tests. “While these methods may demonstrate the applicant’s abilities and suitability for employment and eligibility for national security access, they do…

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Georgia Dept. of Agriculture failed to use E-Verify

E-Verify is an Internet-based, free program run by the United States government that compares information from an employee’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to data from U.S. government records. Benefits of E-Verify HRMorning and NumberUSA state the following advantages to the E-Verify system, displaying why and how it has become such a pivotal part of…

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Obama calls for universal background checks on firearms

Obama is asking Congress to implement mandatory background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales; reinstate a ban on some assault-style weapons; ban high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds; and crackdown on illicit weapons trafficking. He wants Congress to expand background checks on gun buyers to include private sales and is using his executive authority to…

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Massachusetts to implement fingerprint background checks on school employees

H4307, “An Act Relative to Background Checks.”  This bill closes an existing criminal history background checks loophole by authorizing the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and school districts to conduct fingerprint-supported national criminal history background checks on all teachers, school employees and early education providers in Massachusetts. Prior to this law, school districts and early…

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Mobile app developers settle with FCRA over background screening apps

A. Furnishing a consumer report to any person which respondents do not have reason to believe has a permissible purpose; B. Failing to maintain reasonable procedures designed to limit the furnishing of consumer reports to the purposes listed under Section 604(a) of the FCRA; C. Failing to maintain reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible…

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Drug testing guidelines issued to Colo. employers after Amendment 64

drug testing employees. To help businesses understand the legalities, Mountain State Employers Council has developed a guideline for employers to help them develop policies about Amendment 64, something local Chamber of Commerce leaders say will be helpful for employers. “We have a lot of employers who have a lot of questions about this because it’s…

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