The Background Bar Is Rising
By Jack Robinson
With laws and litigation growing around the use of criminal-background checks, employers are turning to "individualized assessments" of job candidates with criminal pasts for protection.
Tackling Systemic Discrimination
By Jill Cueni-Cohen
A recent report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims the agency now addresses and handles systemic-discrimination cases in improved ways. Legal experts weigh in on HR's role in ending systemic bias in every industry.
The Risky Business of Background Screening
By Mark McGraw
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.
By Tom Starner
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.
Get Ready to Rumble
By Will Bunch
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.
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."More
Better Know Your FCRA
Feb 11, 2014
Watch Your Step!
Jun 12, 2013
May 7, 2013
By Joel Berg
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.
Winners and Losers, 2012 Edition
Dec 26, 2012
By David Shadovitz
After much deliberation, here is HRE's list of this year's winners and losers in the world of HR.
The Criminal-Background Catch-22
Sep 16, 2012
By Kristen B. Frasch
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.
Requesting a Criminal-Background Check
Sep 10, 2012
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? More
Discrimination Ruling Puts Employers to the Test
Aug 1, 2012
By Tom Starner
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.
The Catch-22 of Criminal-Background-Check Guidance
Jul 30, 2012
By Kristen B. Frasch
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.
Does Big Data Matter?
Jul 23, 2012
By Dan Enthoven
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.
Digging Deeper into Criminal Checks
Jul 17, 2012
By Paul Salvatore/Legal Columnist
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.