Archive for May 2016

How to avoid a bad hire

69% of businesses are affected by bad hires and the ROI of a bad hire can be as awful as -298%. Small businesses, in particular, are  vulnerable to embezzlement and other kinds of employee theft because they lack the checks and balances of big corporations. It’s critical that business owners minimize their risk when hiring…

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Higher education background checks

infographic for these insights – and we’ve pulled a few of the most interesting – and impactful – statistics to share with you: 84% of higher education programs see lies or misrepresentations on their candidate’s applications 90% higher education organizations conduct criminal record searches… …But only 61% perform identity verification checks 76%  don’t perform social…

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What's the difference between a 5 panel and 10 panel drug test?

Basic 5 – Panel Urine Lab Test Amphetamines Cocaine Metabolites Marijuana Metabolites (THC) Opiates Phencyclidine (PCP) Basic 10 – Panel Urine Lab Test Amphetamines Cocaine Metabolites Marijuana Metabolites (THC) Opiates Phencyclidine (PCP) Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Methadone Methaqualone Propoxyphene There isn’t really a universal definition of a panel drug test, however. Many organizations will implement a 4 panel…

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Georgia leading the way with E-Verify

E-Verify are located in Georgia, which ranks highest of all 50 states in the program’s usage, according to new statistics released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).   While the program is voluntary for most employers on the federal level, many states (including Georgia) have enacted state laws requiring employers to enroll. After Georgia…

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ODNI issues guidance for social media background checks

Directive 5 – released last week – agencies may “collect, use and retain” an applicant’s “publicly available social media information” during the background investigation process, as long as  it relates to  determining whether or not an applicant should have access to classified information or a sensitive position. Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security…

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Students targeted in employment scams

According to the Better Business Bureau website, criminals are targeting students with fake job offers through emails sent to their college accounts. The employment scam criminals deceive their victims using four basic tactics: Asking for bank account information for direct deposit of a paycheck Requiring a Social Security Number and other personal information to “process…

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$15M settlement in Census Bureau background check lawsuit

The plaintiffs sued in 2010, alleging that those procedures violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers may violate Title VII if their policies have a disproportionate adverse impact based on race, national origin or other protected categories, and if employers cannot demonstrate the…

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April 2016 employment: US adds 160,000 jobs

The Employment Situation’ news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate was virtually unchanged at 5.0 percent. The BLS report found that the number of unemployed persons decreased slightly to 7.9 million (from 8 million in March). The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless…

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OPM proposes new ban the box rule

issued a proposed rule that would ensure that applicants with a criminal history have a fair shot to compete for Federal jobs. The rule would effectively “ban the box” for a significant number of positions in the Federal Government by delaying the point in the hiring process when agencies can inquire about an applicant’s criminal…

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