Archive for July 2016

Drug screening best practices for your business

23.9 million Americans using drugs, having an effective drug screening process for your business is more important than ever. Perhaps you already have a drug screening program or perhaps you’re considering starting one, either way, here are some best practices we’d recommend you consider: Create a formal drug screening policy A formal drug screening policy…

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Philadelphia prohibits use of credit checks in employment screening

legislation makes it illegal for employers to use the credit information of Philadelphia job applicants or employees – unless covered by an exception – for employment decisions such as hiring, firing, or promotion. Exceptions include: to any law enforcement agency or financial institution; to the City of Philadelphia with respect to efforts to obtain information…

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Veteran unemployment reaches new low

This type of progress doesn’t happen by accident. According to BLS, employers are redesigning their human resources practices to better welcome veterans into that workforce with special hiring, training, and retention programs. And federal, state and local governments continue to help veterans and employers find each other through 2,500 American Job Centers across the country.…

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Brazil's drug testing lab reinstated two weeks before Olympic Games

“WADA is very pleased to announce that the Rio Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated,” said WADA director general Olivier Niggli. To win back its certification previously, having also lost it in 2013, the federal government poured 200 million Brazilian real (US $60 million) into the facility. The investment brought state-of-the-art drug testing instruments to the…

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Five steps to attracting high quality job applicants

HireRight’s 2016 Benchmark Report, finding and keeping qualified employees is the highest priority for employers and hiring professionals. With the job market more candidate-centric than ever, though, employees are more likely to switch jobs for a better work environment, benefits package, salary, or opportunity. As previously posted on this blog, the ROI of a bad…

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Texas continue to challenge EEOC criminal background check guidance

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance stating that employers cannot maintain blanket policies that exclude persons from employment on the basis of a prior criminal conviction, believing that such policies have a disparate impact against minority and male applicants. Instead, according to the guidance, employers should conduct an individual analysis of the applicant’s criminal history,…

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What databases are used for different types of background checks?

types of background checks use different databases when collecting information about the background check recipient. Tenant background checks, for example, are often conducted by CRAs and are regulated by the FCRA, while firearm background checks are done either by phone or online through the FBI’s ECheck system. Employment background checks are similar to tenant background checks,…

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New York Senator wants camps to have access to FBI background checks

Sen. Charles Schumer (NY) is pushing for legislation to open up the FBI’s sexual-offender and criminal databases so that organizations that employ counselors can conduct thorough background checks. Under current law, camps, charitable organizations and other employers of staff interacting with children are limited to New York state’s criminal recordkeeping. So a prospective employee with…

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