Archive for February 2016

Assessing your background screening program? Keep these key practices in mind.

background screening programs, here are a few key practices to keep in mind: Involving all stakeholders from the start Changes to your screening program will impact everyone, so it’s important to be inclusive in your assessment. You don’t need to involve every stakeholder, every step of the way, but representatives from human resources, legal / compliance,…

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How to verify a job applicant's employment history

2014 Harris Poll study showed that: 55% of job applicants exaggerated their past job responsibility 42% of job applicants altered their dates of employment 34% of job applicants gave false job titles [caption id="attachment_5042" align="alignleft" width="300"] Source: HireRight 2015 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report[/caption] Similarly, 86% of respondents to the 2015 HireRight Benchmarking Report indicated that…

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January 2016 employment: unemployment drops to 4.9%

‘The Employment Situation’ news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January while the unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent and the number of unemployed people fell to 7.8 million. The BLS report found that over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed…

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Uber settles “industry-leading background check” class-action for $28.5M

Under the terms of the deal, which was filed last Thursday, Uber will now rename this charge as a “booking fee” and will alter its language accordingly. The settlement also states that Uber and its subsidiary “expressly deny the allegations” and admit no wrongdoing. The lawsuit alleged that “Uber does not and has never provided…

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What employers need to know about education background checks

a study by Greater Lansing Business Monthly shows that 52% of job candidates identified mere attendance as a college degree, 70% overstated their educational qualifications, and 61% received their degree from a diploma mill. As an employer or hiring manager, this ought to be a big concern. Quite simply, you don’t know if a resume…

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Ban the box may begin to effect tenant screening

‘ban the box’ movement rapidly spreading across the country and recent moves by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to curtail the use of criminal history records as part of tenant screening public housing applicants, a substantive change in tenant screening could be coming in 2016. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states:…

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Supreme Court clarifies federal contractor immunity standards

According to the January 20, 2016 decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a contractor’s immunity from liability for work performed under contract with the federal government is qualified, rather than absolute. Previously, such immunity had been limited to the context of property damage resulting from public works projects. The Supreme Court stated that is no…

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MYB donates $10,000 to Veterans Healing Farm

Hendersonville, NC, February 10, 2016 – Mind Your Business, Inc. is proud to show our support for the veterans charity, Veterans Healing Farm, with a $10,000 donation. [caption id="attachment_5011" align="alignleft" width="300"] MYB President & CEO, Karen Caruso (left) presenting the check to Nicole Mahshie, Director of Administrations at Veterans Healing Farm[/caption] Veterans Healing Farm empowers…

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Which states have 'banned the box'?

banned the box, with the goal to encourage employers to consider the qualifications of applicants without the bias of a conviction record. This means that employers cannot ask questions relating to criminal history in the job application and, in some cases, can request for permission to check the criminal record of an applicant only after…

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Wells Fargo settles background check lawsuit for $12 Million

agreed to pay $12 million in order to settle a class action lawsuit brought against them for alleged violations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Wells Fargo Bank hired them, conducted a background check, and then used the results of the report to make an adverse employment decision to terminate…

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