Contingent Workers Pose Security Gap for Many Companies

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A recent article by Talent Management revealed a significant security gap in many organizations’ employment screening programs. As companies increasingly turn to contingent workers (temps, contractors, vendor and partner employees) to fulfill their workforce needs, their exposure to risk could be increasing, since many organizations do not perform background checks on temporary workers. According to […]

Employment Eligibility Enforcement Shifts to ‘Silent Raids’

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Employment eligibility enforcement has shifted from high-profile immigration raids at businesses to extensive audits of I-9 forms, according to a recent New York Times article. This new approach continues to target businesses that are suspected of hiring unauthorized workers, but now allows agents to reach more companies than the work site raids since “…Instead of […]

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5 Tips to Tighten Your Background Checking Program

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Over the course of the last decade, employment background checking has grown to be a generally standard practice for nearly all large and mid-size companies and many small businesses. Recently, however, especially amid high unemployment and a competitive job market, new government legislation and regulations have emerged that have introduced new complexities and implications into […]

Keeping Tabs on E-Verify & I-9

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As employment eligibility enforcement in the U.S. continues to rise, it is critical that organizations adapt their I-9 programs to the changing environment in order to maintain compliance, or there could be costly implications. In February of this year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that one of its largest raids in years had […]

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DOT Issues Position on Medical Marijuana

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued guidelines for Federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of “medical marijuana.” The DOJ guidance would seem to, at least partially, counter Department of Transportation (DOT) rules concerning the use of marijuana. It is very important that DOT regulated employers understand the DOT’s […]

Criminal Records Searches a Key Step in the Driver Screening Process

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) require a number of employment-related background checks and safeguards from the transportation industry, but—with the exception of a few situations such as HazMat and port access—federal laws do not require criminal records searches on drivers. Given the cost of fulfilling basic background screening requirements, […]