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Archive for September 2015

Best way to prevent company cyber crime? Background screening, says study

In a recent study regarding cyber crime and company security, business professionals were asked what factors they deemed most important when it comes to protecting their companies against hacks, stolen data and other cyber crimes. While survey respondents had the option to choose from a variety of factors — such as physical security, access control…

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BMW to pay $1.6 million in EEOC discrimination case consent decree

has signed a consent decree with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and agreed to pay $1.6 million out to 56 claimants. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, those claimants may have been discriminated against when BMW took adverse action against them due to stringent criminal record checks conducted after they had already been hired.…

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Labor Department sues fundamentalist group over child labor

Wage and Hour Division sued the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) and several employers within the sect for continuing to violate child-labor laws after a 2007 court order demanded they cease the employment of minor children for pecan harvesting. The Wage and Hour Division had been investigating the FLDS church for…

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Calif. courts disagree about how to proceed with some background checks

relating to the employee’s character, general reputation … and qualifications for potential employment.” Connor sued under the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), because First Student had not obtained her written permission before conducting any background screening, whether for a credit or character report. Meanwhile, First Student requested summary judgment due to the ICRAA…

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Why employers should drug test job applicants

can cost a business a lot of money. As already mentioned, accidents in the workplace may result in the company being sued by employees, and worker’s compensation will need to be paid out for any injured employee. A loss in employee productivity due to injury or distraction on the job can cause losses in company…

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Why do employers check fingerprints when background screening?

While some forms of background screening are par for the course for most employers, fingerprint background checks are not always as common. However, they have been getting more and more press recently. Why do employers check fingerprints in the first place, and what can they find out by doing them? Should all employers check fingerprints…

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August 2015: unemployment rate drops to 5.1 percent

a release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate continued to drop in August, with that month showing an unemployment rate of just 5.1 percent. Non-farm employers saw 173,000 new jobs created, primarily in financial activities and health care services. This is slightly lower than the monthly average so far this year,…

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Things employers must consider when taking adverse action

adverse action.” Adverse action can also be letting go an existing employee, or refusing promotions based on similar information. For the sake of this blog post, however, we will focus on taking adverse action during the hiring process. Taking adverse action is legal, so long as you do not discriminate against a candidate in your…

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Why do employers check credit?

New York City’s decision to ban all employment credit checks this past spring, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit that question: Why DO employers check credit scores for potential employees, and what information do they get when they pull a credit report? First of all, when an employer pulls a credit…

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MYB honored to receive Blanket Purchase Agreement designation

HENDERSONVILLE, NC, September 9, 2015 — Mind Your Business is thrilled to be a recipient of a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) from the Social Security Administration, under its GSA Schedule. This honor is granted to small businesses that serve as contractors to federal agencies and meet certain qualifications. A BPA is a means for federal agencies…

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