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Navigating the Legal Maze
Much has changed over the past few decades as far as employment law is concerned -- and with a new administration now at the wheel, more changes likely lie ahead.
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May 12, 2017
Curtailing Credit Checks
A bill being considered by the D.C. Council Judiciary Committee would largely prohibit employers in the nation's capital from checking job applicants' credit histories. Experts predict we'll see similar legislation in other cities, but no movement at the federal level.
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Jan 9, 2017
The Trump Effect
While a Trump presidency will inevitably have a noticeable impact on employment and labor policy, HR leaders shouldn't be tempted to make changes just because a new administration says it's legal to now do so.
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Nov 21, 2016
Global-Local: Sourcing Global Talent
When it comes to scouring the globe for talent, it's vital to consider both the benefits of a comprehensive global screening policy and the best practices that come along with developing those policies.
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Nov 18, 2016
It's Time for Relocation to Be Part of Talent Acquisition
Sep 19, 2016
The Background Bar Is Rising
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.
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Sep 12, 2016
Survey Highlights HR's Election Issues
With less than 100 days until the presidential election, a new survey of HR leaders finds that proposals requiring congressional action, such as healthcare and immigration reform, are of more concern than labor and regulatory policies.
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Aug 10, 2016
Tackling Systemic Discrimination
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.
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Aug 2, 2016
Checking on Credit Checks
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?
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Nov 19, 2015
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.
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Nov 4, 2015
Hiring High-Profile Candidates
There is no single button that an HR department head can push to learn what they need to know when it comes to vetting high-profile candidates. Indeed, resourcefulness, time and expertise are the "magic bullets" for performing a rigorous key-hire review.
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Sep 10, 2015
Background Screening for Big Hires
HR's role in the vetting process needs to go beyond criminal-record searches and perfunctory education and employment verification in order to proactively uncover the "good, bad and ugly" about a potential business leader.
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Aug 21, 2015
Taking Your Time to Hire
Recent data finds the average time-to-hire nearly doubling since 2010. While companies must certainly do their due diligence, experts say there's a balance to be struck between being thorough and being efficient in the hiring process.
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Aug 10, 2015
Revisiting FCRA Requirements
A recent spate of class-action suits should remind employers and HR of the steep cost of FCRA violations. Experts say the time is right for employers to reassess their background-checking processes -- and the role staffing and consumer reporting agencies play in those processes.
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Jun 15, 2015 May 6, 2015
Is Your Applicant-Screening Process Legal?
As the competition for top talent continues, many HR professionals understand the need to streamline their candidate-selection process to find and retain the best possible workers. However, many applicant-tracking systems and screening practices may not even be legal.
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Mar 2, 2015
Scandals Linked to Better Performance
While a new academic study finds the operating performance of companies involved in a scandal is better than their matched counterparts in the following years, experts discuss HR's role in crisis management and prevention.
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Feb 25, 2015 Feb 11, 2015