#SHRM17 Report- Technology and background checks: An Interview with First Advantage

This year at #SHRM17 I was focusing more on future views and technology such at Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what companies were doing to incorporate these advances in technology. Last year at #SHRM16 I interviewed Michael Pilnick of First Advantage. In that interview I had asked Pilnick what he saw as the challenges his industry …

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Five Employment law highlights from around the country

Here are a few notable tidbits I came across as I was scanning news stories and blogs. The $15 an hour minimum wage trend picks up some steam as Los Angeles votes to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in increments until it tops $15 in 2020. Small businesses (under 25 employees) will …

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EEOC and FTC team up to clamp down on employers

  The EEOC and the FTC team up to emphasize rules already in existence. Part of the EEOC’s strategic plan is to insure that the use of background checks closely watched and to this effort they have teamed with the Federal Trade Commission, which is responsible for the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Nothing new None …

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EEOC Issues New Restrictions On the Use of Background Checks

  On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 reinforcing and adding stronger restrictions on the use of background checks by employers. “Wait, I thought …

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HR Law Changes for California and Tennessee Employers

HR law was changed in two states recently. The two states featured are California and Tennessee, with the bulk of the changes being in California. Their legislature was busy and Governor Jerry Brown’s pen was full of ink. So here you go. Prohibited Use of Credit Reports (AB 22) AB 22 will take effect on …

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Use of a Social Security Number by an Employer

Based upon some questions I have been getting and some things I have been reading there is some confusion around the use of a social security number by an employer. Due to identity theft issues people are hesitant to provide their social security number and in turn employers need to be careful when and how that …

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Use of Background Checks Requires Common Sense

I have written an number of times on the importance of and the use of background checks. You can find those previous posts by clicking on these titles: Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Background Checks: Why the FCRA Basics Are Important, and Credit Checks: Yes or No? At Omega HR Solutions, Inc. we …

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Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act

A few weeks ago on HR Observations I wrote a post called Background Checks: Why the FCRA Basics Are Important in which I wrote about a company that was fined $2.6 million due to the improper use of background checks. In that post I published the following: You must have the applicants permission and signature …

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Background Checks: Why the FCRA Basics Are Important

In my opinion ALL hiring organizations should conduct thorough background checks. The expense is not all that great and the problems it may save you more than offset the cost. However, if you are going to do it there are rules you have to follow. In my consulting and teaching I find that many smaller …

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