Simple Solutions to Speed Up Your Company’s Hiring Process

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In today’s job market, top talent is in unprecedented high demand. As an employer, you need to be flexible and ready to react quickly to meet the needs and demands of the most in-demand candidates.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate in December was 3.5 percent – its lowest point in 50 years. It’s Read more »

What Drug Testing Method Should Your Company Be Using?

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Did you know that employers lose more than79 percent of negligent hiring cases – and drug abuse costs them about $1 billion dollars each year? These statistics should stop you in your tracks, as you consider how critical it is to have the right drug screening program in place at your business.  But which method is the right one? While Read more »

3 Reasons a Background Check Can Be Delayed

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The average candidate background checks take anywhere from one to five business days.  Generally, anything beyond this time can be considered a delay, which can be costly, especially if hiring needs to be done within a set timeframe.  But inevitably, there are unforeseen delays, for a number of reasons. Among the most common are:    Court Clerk Delays Read more »

Nevada Becomes the First State to Exclude Positive Marijuana Drug Tests as Reason for Employment Denial

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The times – and the laws – they are a-changing’.   Nevada is the first state to place restrictions on pre-employment marijuana drug tests. Under Assembly Bill (AB) 132, which took effect January 1, Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire anyone because the results of their screening tests showed the presence of marijuana. It gives those Read more »

Has Your State Joined the Ban the Box Movement?

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Approximately 70 million Americans – nearly one-third of all adults – have a prior arrest or conviction record. The Ban the Box movement, which has translated into the law in 35 states and more than 150 cities and counties, provides candidates a fair chance at being hired by removing the conviction question from job applications. It also moves Read more »

Common Background Check Terminology

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There’s a lot to know about conducting candidate and employee background checks. As you work with your screening provider, it helps to beef up your “vocabulary words” and have a better understanding of industry terminology.   So here’s a basic primer to get you started on a few key terms:   Adverse action: This refers to any negative employment-related Read more »

FCRA Litigation Lawsuits at an All-Time High

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Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violation lawsuits are on the rise. This may not seem surprising at first blush, as litigation appears to be increasing in just about every area. However, were you aware that FCRA-related suits hit well over 4,000 in 2019? This compares to fewer than 2,500 in 2014. And FCRA compliance can Read more »

The Downfalls of Letting Candidates Start Work Before their Background Check is Cleared

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You have a business-critical position to fill. For every day it sits open, profits, momentum and team morale are suffering. And now, you’ve found a candidate who seems to fit the bill perfectly: they have the right skills and qualifications, a winning personality, and the ability to join your team on short notice. The only Read more »

How Have New Marijuana Laws Changed the Drug Screening Process?

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Marijuana is now legal in some form in more than 30 states. As an employer in today’s constantly changing legal landscape, you have to be especially conscientious in upholding your zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy – balancing compliance with a safe work environment and protecting your employees’ rights. It can be especially challenging if you have offices Read more »

Are You Conducting a Legal Interview? Here are 5 Questions to Avoid Asking

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When you interview a job candidate, how can you be sure you keep all your questions legal and above board? You want to avoid any inquiries that may result in charges of discrimination, an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or a costly lawsuit.   The EEOC suggests that several interview questions be avoided, including: Read more »