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Archive for May 2017

Workforce drug positivity at highest rate since 2004

The report states that urine tests among the U.S. workforce had a positive result rate of 4.2%, the highest since 2004, when 4.5% of urine tests tested positive for drugs. Colorado and Washington, which were the first two states to legalize marijuana, have outpaced the rest of the country’s average in the growing trend of…

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88% of applicants lie on their resume – often around their education

HireRight’s 2017 Annual Benchmark Report, 88% of recruiters surveyed found a lie or misrepresentation on resumes and/or job applications. Education was a popular area for applicants to deceive potential employers. John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement firm, says that not having a diploma is one of the things many applicants…

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Pennsylvania ‘bans the box’ on state employee applications

Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that will remove the criminal conviction question, ‘banning the box’, from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction. “We have a robust system of supervision and rehabilitative services that gives reentrants to the community all the tools they need to put their lives back on track,…

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The #1 challenge for employers in 2017? Finding talent.

The report explores key issues, trends, and underlying business drivers affecting background check programs of U.S. organizations, and compares these findings to survey results over the last decade. The benchmark survey revealed critical insights around the challenge employers are having finding the right talent. Talent acquisition and retention have become a much bigger challenge in the…

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Uber, Lyft drivers win background check appeals in Massachusetts

8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers had been banned from driving for ride-sharing apps after having their background checks re-assessed as part of a new Massachusetts law. It seems that many may be able to get their job back as 455 drivers who failed the state’s background check system recently won their appeals. In response to the original ban,…

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Utah joins 'ban the box' movement

‘ban the box’ movement, which has rapidly spread across the country over the last couple of years. Under the new law (HB 156), job applicants who’ve been convicted of a crime won’t have to disclose their criminal record before some job interviews. While the legislation in it’s current format applies only to government jobs, many believe…

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