By Kristen Wakulchuk

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Hiring a new employee is one of the most important – and riskiest – decisions you make as an employer. The right hire can help take your company to new heights of growth and success. But the wrong one can be devastating to morale, your business well-being, and your financial bottom line.  Pre-employment background checks are essential Read more »

By Kristen Wakulchuk

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Well over three-quarters of the U.S. population now live in jurisdictions covered by Ban the Box laws, which remove the criminal conviction question from job applications and delay related background checks until later in the hiring process. Also known as fair chance hiring laws, these mandates aim to prevent discrimination against candidates who have criminal records. In addition to Read more »

By Kristen Wakulchuk

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As you adapt to a new workplace reality in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, thorough background checks on prospective hires are more important than ever. You may not be able to meet job candidates in person, so they serve as a crucial means to fully vet applicants.  On average, it takes five to seven business Read more »

By Kristen Wakulchuk

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), passed by Congress in 1970, is designed to ensure the accuracy and privacy of personal information filed by credit reporting agencies. It protects consumers – or in your case, candidate or employee – information from being used without their notice and consent.  As an employer, violation of the FCRA Read more »

By Kristen Wakulchuk

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Every time you bring a new hire on board, you make a significant investment in your business. It’s an overwhelming responsibility. You may be pressed for time and anxious to fill an open position “yesterday” – especially if the vacancy is the result of a sudden, unexpected resignation. But you can’t make a final hiring decision based Read more »

By Kristen Wakulchuk

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Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, you’ve probably been laser-focused on local, regional, and state restrictions, as well as guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But you can’t afford to let the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rules fall by the wayside, now or ever.  What’s New with Read more »

By Kristen Wakulchuk

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The Covid-19 pandemic, like the virus itself, continues to run its course. While the entire world has been impacted, it has hit some communities and companies harder than others. Regardless of the size, location, or nature of your business, there’s a good chance that some, if not all, your employees have been working remotely during this crisis.   With reopening Read more »

By Kristen Wakulchuk

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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have far-reaching and ever-changing effects on virtually every business in the world. As these implications relate to hiring new employees, they depend on such factors as location, industry, and the specific positions being filled.  To say it’s complicated is putting it mildly. And what stands true today may change tomorrow, as states, regions, and companies across the nation and globally prepare for Read more »

By Kristen Wakulchuk

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Have you been forced to furlough or lay off employees during the Covid-19 pandemic? And now, as this crisis runs its course, are you wondering about the proper steps to take when reinstating employees? To avoid being caught off guard as things return to normal, there are some key points to keep in mind.  Did you Read more »

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“Truth builds trust.”   Speaking of truth – truer words were never spoken, in this case, by motivational and customer service expert Marilyn Suttle. And, nowhere is trust more important than in your relationships with job candidates and employees. So, it may shock you to hear that up to 85 percent of job seekers lie on their resumes – or Read more »