Archive for December 2013

Employment Screening: A look back at 2013

a tradition on this blog, as we come to the end of another year we’d like to take the opportunity to look back on the last twelve months – both for Mind Your Business, Inc. and for the employment screening industry as a whole. There have been some significant political and economic issues in 2013…

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North Carolina's new law on inquiries about expunged records

newly amended statute prohibits any inquiry that results in revealing an “expunged” arrest, charge or conviction. Although few employers ever expressly ask about expunged records, the concern is now much broader – employers must also not seek or ask about criminal histories in a manner that results in the disclosure of any expunged information. “North…

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Black Friday firearm background checks down this year

(Photo: Seth Perlman, AP)[/caption] The FBI processed 144,758 mandatory background checks Friday, representing a 6.5% decline from the number processed on the same day last year when the bureau’s computers were briefly overwhelmed by the unprecedented volume. The FBI does not track actual gun sales, as multiple firearms can be included in one background check…

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November 2013 employment report shows gain of 203,000 jobs

according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past 12 months, employment growth has averaged 195,000 jobs per month. Among specific industries, the report found: Professional and business services employment gained 35,000 jobs in November 2013. Over the prior 12 months, the industry added an average of 55,000 jobs per…

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Fake employment references – don't hire a liar

But ever-fretful HR professionals wonder: How do you know the applicant hasn’t pulled a fast one? Or even sneakier, that he hasn’t hired someone to camouflage his background? These days, the latter may present a mounting concern because of the emergence of so-called professional deception services. These liar-for-hire enterprises front for candidates who sometimes put…

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