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Study: 38% of employers have lost candidates due to poor background screening processes

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 38% of employers have lost a candidate because they had a negative experience with their background check. However, less than half of HR managers who conduct background checks have tested their background check experience themselves. And when employers do test their process, they identify a less than ideal candidate experience,…
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New DOT drug testing panel to take effect January 1, 2018

In response to the current opioid crisis, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has made a final ruling on new DOT drug testing panels. These will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The DOT drug testing program will now include testing for expanded opiates – including hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone. These four semi-synthetic opioids have been…
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California's about to make cannabis legally available to everyone. Here's how employers can deal with it.

On January 1, 2018, anyone in California will be able to buy cannabis, legally, as long as they’re over 21 years of age. But, it’s not quite that simple. “The problem that California employers will have … is you have a state law that allows uses for recreational purposes, but of course you still have…
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November 2017 employment: US adds 228,000 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 remained unchanged at 4.1%, while the economy added 228,000 jobs, in November. The labor force participation rate remained at 62.7 percent in November and has shown no clear trend over the…
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Uber fined $8.9 million for Colorado background checks

Last month, Colorado regulators fined Uber $8.9 million for allowing 57 drivers with criminal or motor vehicle offenses onto its network. “We have determined that Uber had background check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway,” Doug Dean, director of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, CPUC,…
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California employers should be aware of these new employment laws

Several new laws have been introduced that California employers must come into compliance with by January 1, 2018. If you’re an employer in California, take note. These laws focus on regulating the hiring and recruiting process, expanding parental leave rights, requiring changes to mandated harassment training, and limiting employers’ ability to cooperate with federal immigration…
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Firearm background checks hit new record on Black Friday

An Executive Order issued earlier this month by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey instructs all state agencies to adopt new hiring procedures related to the employment of individuals with a criminal record. The order intends to provide a second chance and increased employment opportunities to Arizonans who have served their time and been released. Under the new policy,…
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Arizona 'bans the box' with Second Chance Box policy

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won nearly $500 million for victims of discrimination in the workplace in fiscal year 2017 and reduced its inventory of unresolved discrimination charges to its lowest level in a decade, the agency said in a release on their website. The EEOC secured approximately $484 million, including $355.6 million in monetary…
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EEOC won $484 million for workers in FY 2017

a release on their website. The EEOC secured approximately $484 million, including $355.6 million in monetary relief for those who work in the private sector and state and local government workplaces through mediation, conciliation and other administrative enforcement and $42.4 million in monetary relief for charging parties through litigation. The EEOC also secured $86 million…
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