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Bob and Weave: Changes to Keep HR Effective During COVID-19

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 7, 2020 10:30:00 AM

To say 2020 came in like a fire breathing dragon on a drunken bender is putting it mildly. But don’t let business complications stemming from COVID-19 knock you off your game. HR must move forward in their efforts to serve their company’s job applicants and employees well.

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Topics: background check, criminal records search, background checks, hiring process, candidate experience, Coronavirus, COVID-19, QuickApp

DHS Relaxes I-9 Requirements Due to COVID-19

Posted by Roy Maurer

Mar 26, 2020 11:00:26 AM

Information about this change was originally posted on SHRM.org and can be viewed here.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will defer the requirements for employers to review Form I-9 documents in-person with new employees. The change applies to employers and workplaces that are operating completely remotely.

Due to COVID-19, employers will not be required to review the employee's identity and employment authorization documents in the employee's physical presence.

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Topics: I-9 compliance, Coronavirus, COVID-19, remote workforce, I-9 requirement

Hiring During the COVID-19 Pandemic? How to Keep It On Track

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 25, 2020 11:01:55 AM

The United States is dealing with the spread of the Coronavirus and it’s affecting all aspects of life. Some industries are laying off workers as their operations slow down or close, while other industries, like healthcare, are ramping up.

If your organization is in a segment that is keeping business as almost-usual, you might be trying to move forward with hiring plans to fill open positions. But how?

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Topics: reference check, background screening company, background check, background checks, hiring process, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Crafting A Reasonable Social Media Policy for Employees

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 13, 2020 3:45:00 PM

We know our employees do it. But, do we as their employer have a right to regulate it?

We are, of course, talking about social media.

HR asks this question all the time regarding social media, and the answer can be difficult to pinpoint. Every organization must decide the protocols they want to put, if any, in place, and how to write the policy so it’s fair to the employee and protective of the workplace.

Does a company have a right to require or prohibit their employees from certain social media posts? And what are the consequences of breaking such a policy? Read on to have all your questions answered.

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Topics: social media screening, Background screening, HR Professionals, Litigation avoidance, Employer hot topics, social security trace, background screening practices

How to Handle Not Hiring Applicants Because of the Background Check

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 10, 2020 8:37:33 AM

Employers may spend weeks, or even months, recruiting, scouring resumes, and interviewing. Hiring managers might believe they found the perfect candidate, only to find unacceptable information during the background screening process.

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Topics: adverse action procedures, background checks, background screening practices, Employer use of criminal records, background check services

HR’s Ultimate Background Screening Checklist

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 5, 2020 12:50:48 PM

Needle in a haystack?

Hiring quality employees can be challenging to any organization. However, high-performing A-players are essential components in building a well-oiled, successful company that can serve clients and maintain a competitive edge. Unfortunately, even candidates who look promising on paper and ace the interview might still be the wrong choice.

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Topics: background screen, background check, background screening practices, Employer use of criminal records, background check services, hiring process, employment laws, PBSA

7 Tips for Hiring and Engaging Remote Employees for Culture Fit

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 27, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Traditional hiring processes have gone the way of the landline in many ways, and one of them is geographical. Where are the best employees for your open positions? Chances are good they don’t live in your zip code.

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Topics: background screening practices, international background screening, background check services, hiring process, company culture

Illinois Enacts Workplace Transparency Act, Effective January 1, 2020

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 20, 2020 10:01:17 AM

Illinois created a bill last year that addressed discrimination and harassment in the workplace. SB-75, or the "Workplace Transparency Act" passed during the General Assembly on June 2, 2019. 

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Topics: employer compliance, employment laws, Illinois workplace transparency act

Hiring Criminals: Crafting A Screening Process to Address Low Unemployment

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 30, 2020 2:30:00 PM

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for December 2019 was 3.5%. This is an historically low percentage of Americans without jobs. The good news is the economy is booming, people are working, and there’s money being spent to stimulate large industries like retail, auto, and real estate.

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Topics: criminal records search, background screening practices, hiring process, company culture, applicants with criminal records

Ban the Box: Background Screening Update in Maryland

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 17, 2020 10:49:13 AM

Ban the Box Maryland

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Topics: Ban the Box, Employer use of criminal records, employment laws, Maryland

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.