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New Background Check Laws for 2019

Several jurisdictions have enacted new or modified existing background check laws. Some of these regulations are listed below. We recommend a review of the current law in your locale to ensure compliance.

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California
California Background Check Laws

California has two state laws with which employers must comply…

3 Ways Companies are Modifying Hiring Standards in a Big Way

The unemployment figures are at their lowest in decades. To overcome this lack of available labor, many companies are modifying their hiring standards. Business Insider reports that more and more employers are relaxing their drug policies and are considering hiring workers with criminal records.

With the job market tight, ex-felons and other workers who often struggled to find jobs are getting…

New Laws Prohibit Asking Applicants About Previous Salary

In an effort to promote pay equality, several jurisdictions have enacted ordinances restricting the information an employer can obtain regarding the candidate’s salary history. Some HR professionals use salary to determine how likely the candidate is to accept the offer and other times to determine how much to offer, which candidates say put them at a serious disadvantage. This is…

What are the steps involved in employee drug screening?

Employee drug screening is becoming complicated in the face of new laws. Building and maintaining an operational drug testing program at the workplace is important. It helps an organization improve the quality of its workforce and their safety, cut down on employee health care costs, and raise productivity.

Companies like A Good Employee offer comprehensive drug testing in compliance with a…

Should You Check Your Applicant’s Financial Background and Salary History?

In today’ s competitive world, hiring smart means doing a complete background check on a prospective employee before employing them, but be aware of what background check reports you can legally use. Specifically, financial background and salary history reports are becoming more regulated, so make sure to exercise caution before using these reports.

When should you use a financial background check?

Although…

Background Check Legal Updates Starting July 1, 2017 in California

There are several new regulations that are to take place in just one week, so we wanted to give you the heads up so you can adjust your policies if needed to reduce your risk of a lawsuit. This applies to public AND private employers with more than 5 employees.

You can view the full text of the California Department of…

Why is a Criminal Background Check Necessary Before Hiring Employees?

Hiring someone who is unsuitable for particular roles in your company can cost you a lot of headaches and money down the road. It can also ruin the credibility of your business. Make it a point to conduct a criminal background check for employment if you are serious about hiring smart. This is the best way to avoid taking on…

Is Drug Screening An Important Step Before Hiring A Good Employee?

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that drug abuse costs US business owners over $140 billion every year, including the costs associated with turnover rates for employees who abuse illegal substances. Employee drug screening has never been more important. Some of the most successful companies in the world make it a point to keep its workplace drug free to earn…

Education Verification – An Important Step in Your Hiring Process

Here’s an alarming fact: 27% of employment applications and resumes contain ‘exaggerations’ about academic achievements. This is why resume verification is an important part of hiring smart. Education verification services are crucial in finding the best talent for the job.

Your company’s reputation for providing the best quality services and products depends largely on the types of employees you hire. It’s…

4 Smart Ways to Hire Smart Employees

You need to hire smart if you want to crush the competition. But how do you do that?
Hiring is one of the most crucial tasks you will have as a business manager. It is a process that takes a lot of time, effort, and financial resources, but you don’t want to just do it blindly. There are devastating consequences to…