Archive for May 2018

Five signs your organization needs a pre-employment screening company

While there are plenty of websites that advertise “free” background checks and employment screening, those sites typically provide very little information, if any, that would be useful to an employer. Simply, applicant information like this is not the kind of information you can find with just a quick click of the mouse. That’s why, once…

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Change to “Accrual of Unlawful Presence” rule will make it tougher for employers to hire foreign students or exchange visitors

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are changing how they calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, who fail to maintain their status in the United States. Accrual of unlawful presence for more than 180 days bars reentry to the United States for three years (10 years…

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Kansas bans the box

Kansas Governer Jeff Colyer signed an executive order earlier this month ‘banning the box‘ for state agencies. The order issued by Colyer will stop applications for executive branch jobs from asking about criminal history. Applicants may still be asked about criminal history further in the hiring process. “Studies have shown that gainful employment is a…

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Frito-Lay pays $2.4M to settle background check claims

Frito-Lay Inc. has agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve claims that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using improper disclosure forms for obtaining consumer reports for pre-employment background checks. The FCRA requires employers to use certain documents and to follow specified policies and practices when they use background checks to assess the…

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April 2018 employment: US adds 164,000 jobs

According to ‘The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States dropped to 3.9%, while the economy added 164,000 jobs, in April. After six months at 4.1%, unemployment finally broke below 4% for the first time since December, 2000. The economy has…

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Target agrees to change pre-employment screening process

Last month, the NAACP reached a settlement with Target Corporation to resolve allegations that its criminal background check policy discriminated against African-American and Latino applicants. The civil rights group called the background check portion of Target’s pre-employment screening process “overly broad and outdated”. Previously, it has been suggested that the retailer discriminates against black and…

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