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More Clarity or More Confusion?
An ongoing investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that seeks the release of "pedigree information" from the company it's investigating is raising questions of employee privacy and undue burdens in both HR and legal circles.
The Risky Business of Background Screening
BMW will pay $1.6 million to settle a race discrimination suit after subjecting incumbent employees to criminal background screening. While such checks are uncommon, experts say the settlement highlights the risk of initiating general, blanket background-check policies.
Dealing with Anxiety and the ADA
Mental health-related issues present unique compliance challenges to employers, and experts say a recent ruling illustrates how easily an organization can run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act -- and what can be done to avoid doing so.
Supreme Cases to Watch
From union dues to the scope of class-action lawsuits, the Supreme Court is set to take on several cases with potentially broad-reaching HR implications in its upcoming term.
Dealing with a Shutdown
Managers of federal employees may already be familiar with dealing with workers before and after a government shutdown, but there are some important things to keep in mind as a budget deal either gets brokered or broken in the coming weeks.
Confronting Off-site Harassment
Sexual harassment may occur more often in blue-collar environments and in off-site locations where HR enforcement may not be visible, but experts say the more proactive HR is in enforcing sexual-harassment policies and quickly following through on complaints, the better.
Health Plan Check-Up: Prepping for 2016
Here are some tips for HR leaders to help their organizations avoid penalties related to the Affordable Care Act's new reporting forms when they become due next year.
Gauging the Impact of Browning-Ferris
Employers may need to start re-examining some well-entrenched models -- such as contingent labor -- in light of the recent NLRB "joint-employer" decision.
Rethinking Class-Action Requirements
A recent 4th Circuit ruling in South Carolina could influence other courts to ease class-action certification requirements in the future.
Should Lawyers Get Overtime?
As the question is debated in court whether lawyers and other "learned professionals" are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act's rules on overtime pay, experts say the answer could have expensive implications for organizations.
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Question: I am an employer located in New York City, and I've heard that there are some recent developments in the use of credit checks by employers. My company's policy is to run credit checks as part of the background-check process on all applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment. Can we continue to run these credit checks without any restrictions?