Even Administrative Agencies Make Mistakes: Corrected Model FCRA Forms Now Available To Employers Who Conduct Background Checks

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By Philip Gordon and Calder Huntington The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) — best known as a financial services regulator and for the Senate’s rejection of the nominee to be its first chief (who, in an ironic twist, won a Senate seat in the 2012 elections) — also exercises some regulatory authority with an impact […]

Marijuana Laws Liberalized in Colorado, Washington, But Effect on Workplace Policies Likely Small

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The 2012 elections placed a number of marijuana initiatives before state voters around the United States, ranging from efforts to legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes to further expansion of the “medical marijuana” laws that currently exist in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Voters in Colorado and Washington passed […]

DHS Issues Updated Guidance on Electronic Form I-9 Compliance

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By Carol Williams The Electronic Signature and Storage of Form I-9, Employment Verification Final Rule was enacted on August 23, 2010 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Rule allowed for electronic completion and storage of the Form I-9 and required a clear audit trail of actions taken for each electronic Form I-9.  Two years […]

3 Hiring Risks Faced By Small Health Care Providers

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In the health care industry, hiring an individual with a criminal history could create increased compliance, legal, safety and reputational risks. Yet in a recent report, The Office of Inspector General (OIG) analyzed FBI records and found that 92 percent of nursing facilities employ at least one individual with a past criminal conviction. The potentially […]

5 Traits of Effective Employee Background Screening Programs

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An effective background screening program provides many benefits for employers including maintaining compliance, improving the quality of hire and mitigating liability risks. However, many employers may unknowingly be missing these advantages by not focusing on some of the critical characteristics of a successful background screening program. By understanding the key traits of other successful background […]

4 Common Flaws in Employment Drug Testing Programs

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According to the 2011 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, 65 percent of respondents conduct pre-employment drug testing. While these employers are taking helpful steps towards creating a safer and more productive workplace, many may have made some common missteps in the development and management of their drug testing program. An inadequate drug testing program could […]