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Archive for July 2018

New Arizona law addresses hiring ex-offenders

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently signed HB 2311 into law, bolstering limited liability protections for employers when hiring employees or contracting with independent contractors previously convicted of criminal offenses. The law attempts to balance increased risks and liability associated with possible negligent hiring. It prohibits the introduction of evidence of an employee’s or independent contractor’s…

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Uber begins monitoring U.S. driver background checks continuously

To better protect their riders, Uber is rolling out ongoing background checks for its drivers. According to Axios, these new ongoing background checks allow a real-time collection of background screening data data on drivers. Uber will be notified if a driver is newly charged with a criminal offense and, from there, Uber can decide if…

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Oklahoma votes to legalize medical marijuana

Voters in Oklahoma have elected to legalize medical marijuana, making it the 30th state to allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Oklahoma State Question 788 allows individuals 18 and older to obtain a medical marijuana license with a board-certified physician’s signature. A new office in the Oklahoma State Department of Health will enforce…

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The right way to reference check — and why it's important

We run a lot of reference checks for our clients, and we speak to many, many more organizations that have run their own reference checks in the past. The most concerning thing we see? The lack of care and attention most organizations give to these checks. A reference check is a fantastic opportunity to really get…

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Report: 95% of employers now conducting employment screening

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has released the results of its second annual background screening survey background screening survey. The report revealed that a sizeable 95% of employers said that their organization has been implementing employment screening in 2018. In this instance, employment screening is defined slightly loosely as “information compiled on an…

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June 2018 employment: US adds 213,000 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 rose to 4.0%, while the economy added 213,000 jobs, in June. The unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage point to 4.0 percent in June, and the number of unemployed persons increased…

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What questions should be asked in a reference check?

Your company is hiring — great! You want to find the best possible employee, the one that will work well with the rest of your team, fit in to the corporate culture, and be an asset to the company. But before you hire that first qualified candidate, you’ll want to do some research. One of…

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