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Archive for October 2014

MYB attends NAPBS Annual Conference in Colorado

Mind Your Business headed out to Denver last week for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners’ 2014 annual conference. The conference included breakout educational sessions, an exhibition with more than 40 companies presenting on the tradeshow floor, and a keynote speech by Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller. Education sessions included information on legal issues…

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FICO announces new credit scoring system for medical debt

Employers may now need to take a closer look at potential employees’ credit reports, as credit-scoring company Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) has announced plans to revise the way it reports medical debts that have been sent to collections. One third of Americans find themselves stuck with medical debts. The new system, also known as “FICO…

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Va. legislators investigating updating background checks on college students, transfer students

In light of the kidnapping of a University of Virginia student, Hannah Graham, the state’s lawmakers are considering re-vamping the process for conducting background checks not only on the state’s university students, but also how they handle students that transfer from one university to another within the state. Jesse Matthew Jr., a former football player…

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EEOC refuses to disclose its background checking policies in court

the EEOC refused to disclose. Dollar General, in a similar suit, has also requested the policy to be made public, and the EEOC has responded likewise. The EEOC argues that its own screening policies are irrelevant to the cases it has open against BMW and Dollar General because, according to the Washington Examiner, “[the EEOC…

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Types of background checks landlords should use when renting

While it would be nice if every renter could be a model tenant, landlords have to be careful when renting homes or apartments out. It’s a fine line to walk; you want to have great tenants living in your rentals, but that requires conducting a few types of background checks. You should absolutely run the…

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California gubernatorial candidate proposes legislator drug tests

Former U.S. Treasury Department employee and current California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari had an interesting idea. Lawmakers are constantly passing legislation about who should be background checked, drug tested, and investigated — in fact, California’s current Proposition 46, regarding drug testing for doctors, will be voted on in November — so why shouldn’t the legislators…

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Terms of Executive Order released for contractor minimum wage

a second Executive Order was signed on “Equal Pay Day” in April. Their proposed regulations would keep government contractors from keeping pay policies a secret, and remove discriminatory language from contracts regarding employees asking about or sharing information about their wages. The Order will go into effect on January 1, 2015, and applies only for…

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MYB CEO speaks at business development seminar aimed at women business owners

Asheville business development seminar, hosted by the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center. Over the past month, the SBTDC has hosted several of these seminars for female small business owners, with a variety of topics covered. Each of the seminars included discussions about marketing your company as a woman-owned small business and how…

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September 2014: Unemployment rate drops to 5.9 percent

the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped by .2 percentage points in September, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent. So far in 2014, the percent of unemployed people has dropped by 1.3 points overall. The number of available non-farming jobs increased by nearly 250,000 jobs last month, thanks to growth in…

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