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Archive for June 2016

Uber reaches $7.5 million settlement over driver background checks

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a federal law that regulates background checks in the U.S., employers using third-party background check firms are required to give prior notice and disclosure to, and receive written consent from, subjects of background checks. This is not the first background check lawsuit Uber have faced. In fact, they’ve…

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Top 10 workplace productivity killers

For those that prefer print, here’s the list in text format: Cell phone/texting (55%) The internet (41%) Gossip (39%) Social media (37%) Coworkers dropping by (27%) Smoke/snack breaks (27%) Email (26%) Meetings (24%) Noisy Coworkers (20%) Cubicles (9%) You can read more about the research here:]]>

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Ban the box legislation to take effect in Louisiana on August 1

ban the box law allows employers to ask about criminal history during interviews and perform criminal background checks on applicants. This new legislation will take effect August 1, 2016. The National Employment Law Project estimates 70 million American adults have arrests or convictions in their past that can make it difficult for them to obtain…

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Connecticut signs ban the box into law

will be permitted to perform checks: (1) when the employer is required to do so by an applicable state or federal law, or (2) when a security or fidelity bond or an equivalent bond is required for the position for which the prospective employee is seeking employment. The law also establishes a “fair chance employment task…

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Department of Labor announces $10.4 million in grants

announced the award of $10.4 million in ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants to expand and expedite registered apprenticeship programs nationwide. The grants – awarded to 51 states and territories, and the District of Columbia – are part of $90 million in funding announced in April to expand apprenticeship in the U.S. The recipients announced today will…

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