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 »

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 »

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 »

What Drugs Are Tested for in a DOT 5 Panel?

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The DOT 5 panel is the most common type of drug test available for employers. It is used not only by the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal agencies but also by most nonregulated companies. It has also been called the NIDA 5 and the SAMSHA 5 for the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Read more »

Interview Tips: Gauging a Candidate’s Nerves

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Virtually every candidate is nervous at a job interview. Nerves typically signify that a person really wants the position – and they don’t accurately reflect their personality, skills, or strengths. But if those jitters become unmanageable, the candidate won’t perform well or feel confident in conveying their qualifications to you. When all is said and Read more »

Background Checks: Arrest Records v. Conviction Records

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Everything is going perfectly in your hiring process with a promising candidate – until you discover they have a criminal record. Your first instinct may be to drop their application like a hot potato. But, you may want to give it some further thought before automatically rejecting this potential hire. Start by considering the difference Read more »

3 Ways to Initiate Conversations about Candidates’ Criminal Backgrounds

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For a job seeker with a criminal background of any kind, being asked by a prospective employer to describe their record may be their worst nightmare come to life. It’s stressful enough to be on an interview, to begin with, without the worst-case scenario happening. But, if you felt strongly that a candidate’s criminal history Read more »