Posts Tagged ‘background checks’

A tiger by the tail

Back in school, I recall reading the short story The Lady or the Tiger? It’s about a woman made to choose between two fates for her would-be husband, neither of which was particularly pleasant. What she would choose is left for the reader to decide. Employers face a similar decision when considering criminal background checks.

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Five tips on preventing workplace violence

Acts of workplace violence have, unfortunately, become all too common. Workplace violence can include anything from minor physical altercations and threats to tragic and brutal attacks or shootings. For employers, preventing workplace violence can often seem like walking a tightrope between protecting people and avoiding (or defending) a lawsuit.

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EEOC amps up attack on background checks

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although disclaiming any authority to prohibit employers from obtaining or using criminal history information concerning applicants or employees, the EEOC…

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HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY ALERT » New Oklahoma security law requires fingerprint-based background checks on certain healthcare employees

Beginning March 1, 2014, and phasing in over the next several months, a new Oklahoma law requires certain long-term care, residential, and health care providers to perform eligibility screening and national fingerprint-based background checks prior to employing individuals who will have direct access to patients and residents.

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HIRING PRACTICES » Employers’ evolving use of background and credit checks

Many employers run some sort of background or credit check on potential employees. Because Oklahoma law is not very restrictive in this area, some employers have been asking potentially problematic questions and running these checks without spending a lot of time developing a system for use of the information. However, statistics show that without proper…

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Who’s watching who? Running the checks on criminal background checking companies

A report released today by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) provides startling news for employers who rely on criminal background checks to assist them in screening job applicants. According to the authors of “Broken Records,” thousands of U.S. job seekers may be denied employment due to inaccurate or misleading information contained in such background checks.

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Doing background checks correctly

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) places several obligations on employers that use third-party providers to perform background checks on prospective and current employees. Compliance with FCRA requirements is important because employers can be subject to civil liability for merely negligent violations. And with the potential for increased hirings in 2011 and the prevalent use…

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