Topic: background checks

In the Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Latest I-9 forms, ADAAA rulings, NLRB developments, new state laws and federal regulations … keeping up with the myriad legal requirements of managing your employees can be challenging for the best of us. This roundup of recent employment law updates should help: The “Employee Tricked Me Into Firing Her” Defense (Cozen O’Connor): “The NLRB continues… Read more »

Don’t Do These 3 Things to Your Workers (If You Want to Avoid EEOC Scrutiny)

For business owners, attracting attention is generally a good thing. Except when it’s from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… Kelly Kolb of law firm Fowler White Boggs reports on the issues guaranteed to generate scrutiny from attorneys at the EEOC, as recently outlined by the agency’s top lawyer, P. David Lopez: 1. Improper use of… Read more »

In The Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Keeping track of the latest developments in labor and employment law can be challenging for employers and HR managers. What to know? Health care reforms, revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act, judicial interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to be sure. But also textual harassment, workplace investigations, internships, working interviews, and much… Read more »

5 Hiring Best Practices

The good news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees. The bad news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees… These five best practices may help. From lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: 1. Don’t make promises you can’t keep: “Do not use terms such as ‘guaranteed’ or… Read more »

Employers Must Update Background Check FCRA Forms by January 1, 2013

Businesses that use consumer credit reports and background checks to evaluate candidates and employees must begin using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new Summary of Rights form by January 1, 2013. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires employers both to disclose their intent to request consumer reports, and to obtain authorization for doing so.… Read more »

Recruiters Should Exercise Caution When Evaluating Social Media Activity of Job Candidates

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent months of employer access to the public and private social media activity of candidates and existing employees. Recruiters? Not so much. That’s troublesome, writes employment attorney Alexander Nemiroff: “Recruiters are increasingly turning to social media to screen and recruit candidates. Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey found that… Read more »

EEOC to Employers: Don’t Use Criminal Records as a Basis for Discrimination

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its policies on the use of arrest and conviction records when making employment decisions. The updated policy is intended to provide employers with best practices for avoiding discrimination based on race or national origin when evaluating the criminal history of current and potential employees. For… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Mar 2012

What’s on your mind? Employee theft, internships, social media, business funding, healthcare reform, and a range of other small business-related legal topics. For your (re)reading pleasure, here’s a look at the most-read Small Business Support posts over the past month: 1. Employee Theft: What Are People Stealing on the Job? “No, it isn’t a headline… Read more »

Employment Background Checks: What You Need to Know (and Do)

Be Careful With Background Checks (Sands Anderson PC) As employment lawyer Annemarie Cleary notes in the above video update, running certain background checks on job applicants can leave employers open to charges of discriminatory hiring practices. From labor & employment lawyers on JD Supra, here are five recommendations for using criminal and credit background checks… Read more »

3 Videos Every Business Owner Should Watch

For your reference, here are three excellent video advisories by leading law firms, of interest to any business owner, entrepreneur, manager, or the like: On Data Privacy & Security Loeb & Loeb LLP attorneys Seth Rose and Jim Taylor provide insights into what companies can do to mitigate the risk of litigation in the areas… Read more »

Workplace Discrimination: 7 Areas Targeted by the EEOC

“The [Equal Opportunity Employment Commission] received a total of 99,947 charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2011, a slight increase from the year before… [and] filed 300 lawsuits and 261 ‘merits’ lawsuits, which include direct suits and interventions alleging violations of the substantive provisions of the statutes enforced by the EEOC and suits to enforce… Read more »

Privacy Laws: 5 Areas for Businesses to Watch in 2012

“The world of identity theft and its legal consequences are not limited to big credit companies. Main street businesses, with online portals, or credit/payment card facilities of some kind are just as much at risk. And if the rhetoric doesn’t scare, then the numbers should as the Identity Theft Resource Center states the business sector… Read more »

Employment Background Checks: 5 Things You Can and Cannot Do

“The proper question is not, ‘Can the employer conduct a background check?” but rather, “Can an employer use the information found on the background check to deny employment to the applicant or employee?’” (From Background Checks: Employers Beware! by Janette Levey Frisch)  When hiring new employees, it’s common for employers to want more information than… Read more »

Doc of the Day: When Are Background Checks Discriminatory?

From law firm Warner Norcross Judd, legal analysis of the question – When are background check discriminatory: “With the economy in disarray, employers increasingly are using criminal background checks and credit reports to narrow their application pools. Approximately three out of four U.S. businesses perform background checks, both criminal checks and credit reports, as part… Read more »

Doc of the Day: Keeping Violence Out of the Workplace…

From law firm Ford & Harrison, a timely alert on the topic of workplace violence – with tips for employers on what they can do to minimize the risk of such a thing happening: – According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, nearly five percent of 7.1 million private businesses experienced an incident of workplace… Read more »