Ban the Box Starts January 1, 2017 in Los Angeles

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The popular initiative to “Ban the Box” was approved by the Los Angeles City Council in November and will take effect January 1, 2017.

The new ordinance applies to Los Angeles businesses that employ 10 or more employees as well as contractors doing business with the city.

The law may affect as many as hundreds of thousands of employees, according to Councilman Curren Price.

Employers in Los Angeles subject to the Ban the Box Ordinance are subject to restrictions and requirements. Read on to learn more.

5 Tips to Improve Your Health Care Screening Program [Infographic]

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Ensuring that the healthcare industry engages the most qualified medical professionals is paramount.

Businesses can’t afford to cut corners when checking the background of those entrusted to care for the sick, the infirm and the growing number of elderly.

Here are a few tips to consider when initiating or reviewing your screening program to help mitigate risk and improve the hiring process.

Behind the Scenes of Background and Reference Checks

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We’re often asked what goes on “behind the scenes” of a background check. What do you ask references? What do you verify when you contact the candidate’s schools? What do you verify when you check employment history?

The basics are usually pretty well understood, but some details may not be obvious and even seem mysterious.

While background checks including reference checks may vary from employer to employer, and from one background check company to another, this article examines the most commonly-requested elements.

Check and Double-Check: Re-Screening Employees

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Much may have changed since you brought a new employee onboard and ran a background check. Has he or she run into problems that could jeopardize your business? Re-screening employees may prove to be a very valuable practice for your organization, either on a regularly-scheduled basis, when an employee is promoted, or conducted randomly. Hopefully you won’t be unpleasantly surprised when an employee is rescreened, which will validate your peace of mind and faith in that employee.

But problems may have arisen since his or her initial background check. Re-screening is a prudent and reliable best-practice procedure to ensure your employees are still the best people for the job. HireRight offers industry-leading re-screening to meet your organization’s needs. Take a look at this brief article and contact HireRight today to initiate your re-screening program.

Legal Marijuana: The Surprising New Challenge for Employers

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Marijuana laws are changing across the country, and having a surprisingly profound impact on employers – not just in Colorado.

In addition to the existing 24 states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for medical use and the four states that allow recreational use, 13 states are currently considering legalization measures – eight of which will vote on this matter in November.

Businesses must now determine how to operate in an era when marijuana, still federally illegal as a Controlled Substances Act Schedule 1 drug, is increasingly being legalized at the local and state levels.

Many employers and job seekers aren’t sure where state laws end and federal laws begin. This has created confusion for employers and many lack a coherent policy that covers a multi-state workforce.

Are Electronic Logging Devices on Track for 2017 Implementation?

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In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued its final rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for most drivers and carriers currently required to keep paper logs.

Shortly after the rule was finalized, the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) filed a legal challenge against it.

While the group was successful in having a previous ELD rulemaking vacated, ATA believes that OOIDA’s arguments against the 2015 final rule won’t stand up to legal scrutiny. Let’s take a look at their primary arguments.