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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.
Nov 4, 2015 Feb 11, 2015 Oct 30, 2014
Risky Business
A new survey finds more employers are using social media to weed out job candidates, and experts say those that do it are making a serious mistake.
Jul 16, 2014
Get Ready to Rumble
When the EEOC comes to investigate or take your deposition, you'd better be ready for battle, say experts and lawyers on this year's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys list.
Jun 17, 2014
Top Legal Developments in HR
Question: I am putting together a high-level presentation for my HR team on the top legal developments in 2013 that will impact how we practically manage employee relations in workplace in 2014. Can you please identify and provide a brief synopsis of the most important employment-related legal developments in 2013 -- something like a Top 10? I want to make sure I know about all the "biggies."
Apr 9, 2014
Better Know Your FCRA Feb 11, 2014
Watch Your Step!
An emboldened EEOC is poised to trip you up in your dealings with employees and job candidates -- so tread carefully, say some of this year's most powerful employment attorneys.
Jun 12, 2013 May 7, 2013
Winners and Losers, 2012 Edition
After much deliberation, here is HRE's list of this year's winners and losers in the world of HR.
Dec 26, 2012
The Criminal-Background Catch-22
Though employers have had a few months now to become familiar with the U.S. Equal Employment Occupation Commission's guidance on the use of criminal background checks, questions and confusion about how best to respond have only grown.
Sep 16, 2012
Requesting a Criminal-Background Check
In what stage of the hiring process can employers request an applicant to submit to a criminal-background check? Can they ask for it early on in the interview (to see how he or she reacts) or do they have to wait until they give the applicant an actual offer?
Sep 10, 2012
Discrimination Ruling Puts Employers to the Test
Ability tests can be exceptional predictors of job performance for job applicants, but a recent settlement by the Department of Labor should spur employers to ensure that such tests do not adversely affect minority applicants, experts say.
Aug 1, 2012
The Catch-22 of Criminal-Background-Check Guidance
Some employers are simply refusing to follow the new EEOC guideline on criminal background checks for fear it will either put them out of business or create an unsafe working environment.
Jul 30, 2012
Does Big Data Matter?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention look for what people search for on Google to spot outbreaks of diseases, says one expert, while people are using Twitter to accurately predict the opening box-office revenue for movies. Take a look at how Big Data is also changing the role of HR in employment screening, recruiting and building great companies.
Jul 23, 2012
Digging Deeper into Criminal Checks
Due to employers' widespread use of criminal background checks and concerns about their unfair effect on protected classes, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a much-heralded guidance on considering criminal history in employment decisions.
Jul 17, 2012
Questioning Criminal Backgrounds
Employers are bracing for strengthened guidelines from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that will govern the use of criminal-background checks during the hiring process.
Oct 2, 2011
Questioning Criminal-Background Checks
The EEOC is considering issuing a guidance that could limit an employer being able to ask about criminal backgrounds on employment applications. While a multitude of business groups spoke against such a limit, observers believe the agency is leaning toward restricting use of such investigations.
Aug 29, 2011