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Philadelphia: New Ordinance Prohibits Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

Posted by Sean Craig

Jul 13, 2021 9:26:41 AM

Portions of this post originally appeared on the JDSupra website and can be accessed here.

Philadelphia recently passed an ordinance that prohibits employers from requiring “a prospective employee to submit to testing for the presence of marijuana in such prospective employee’s system as a condition of employment.”

The ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2022, and applies to any person doing business in the city who employs one or more employees.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Drug Screening, employment laws, Marijuana laws, philadelphia

New "Second Chance Law" Passed in Arizona

Posted by Tammy Henry

Jul 7, 2021 1:00:00 PM

On April 1, 2021, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law House Bill (H.B.) 2067. This amends Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) Section 13-905 to allow the courts to issue an order for a “Certificate of Second Chance” for individuals “whose judgment of guilt is set aside” after a criminal conviction. H.B. 2067 allows individuals who receive a Certificate of Second Chance the opportunity to apply for and obtain occupational licenses in Arizona, and provides some additional protections to employers, among other provisions. The new law takes effect on August 27, 2021.

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Topics: Employer hot topics, background checks, employer compliance, Arizona, Second Chance Law

Hiring Remote Employees without Damaging Company Culture

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 22, 2021 12:36:25 PM

Many articles and books tout the importance of company culture. These are on-point in that a positive culture fosters productivity and efficiency, and decreases low morale and employee turnover. A toxic or negative culture can dramatically increase employee exits and disengagement, both of which contribute to low productivity and lack of employee creativity.

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Topics: background checks, company culture, remote workforce

EEOC Says Employers Can Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines, but Tread Carefully

Posted by The Lane Powell Team

Jun 10, 2021 8:45:00 AM

This article originally appeared on the Lane Powell website and can be accessed here.

Approximately 50% of Americans age 12 and older have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 40% are fully vaccinated. Many employers (rightfully) are grappling with whether to mandate employee vaccination as a condition of employment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) May 28, 2021 guidance on mandatory employer COVID-19 vaccination programs should make employers feel more comfortable with mandatory vaccination programs for their employees.  

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Topics: EEOC, Best Practices, COVID-19, workplace safety

Knock Out Your Risks When Hiring High-Level Executives

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 2, 2021 11:27:29 AM

Hiring the best applicant is important, but there should be more weight focused on executive-level hires. For one thing, they will be at the company’s helm, driving vision and planning goals.your another, executive employees are watched more closely by the media than their lower-level counterparts. The news is full of Presidents and CFO’s who have faked degrees, lied about their experience, or been involved in unsavory behavior. A single act of bad judgment on their parts could negatively affect your company for months, or years, down the road.

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Topics: social media screening, Background screening, executive hiring, Best Practices, Hiring Top Talent

Around the World in A Day: Screening Your International Job Candidates

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 10, 2021 10:25:03 AM

When it comes to hiring the best employees possible, background checks are essential. However, employers must realize that many applicants have spent time in other countries. Failing to conduct background screening for those time periods could cause you to miss important information like criminal convictions. That’s why international background screening is more important than ever before.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, background screening company, background checks, international background screening

An Ode to Background Screening

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 29, 2021 10:30:00 AM

April is designated as National Poetry Month. Usually when people think of poetry, their thoughts go toward love, nature, life, and sorrow. However, poems can be used to describe and celebrate just about anything you're passionate about!

Data Facts has been in the background screening industry since 1989. We are passionate about providing consistent, reliable information our clients can trust and use to reach the best hiring decisions for their companies. That's why we decided to write an ode to background screening. We hope you enjoy it! 

An Ode to Background Screening

What helps businesses hire the people they need,

While avoiding violence, lies, mistruths, and greed,

With information they wouldn’t have otherwise seen?

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Topics: background screen, background check, background report, National Poetry Month

Illinois Tightens Restrictions on Use of Criminal Checks in Hiring

Posted by National Law Review

Apr 8, 2021 1:30:00 PM

This article was originally published by The National Law Review and can be accessed here.

Illinois employers have been prohibited from using arrest records as the basis for employment decisions under Section 103 of the Illinois Human Rights Actfor a long time. On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill (SB) 1480 into law, which added a new Section 103.1 to the IHRA that severely restricts the ability of employers to rely on conviction records in making employment decisions.  

Section 103.1 is effective immediately, and prohibits use of a conviction record as the basis for an employment decision unless:

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Topics: criminal records search, Employer use of criminal records, employment laws, illinois

Why the Easter Bunny Would Never Pass A Background Check

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 31, 2021 11:49:53 AM

As children, thoughts of the Easter Bunny made us clap with glee. And why wouldn't we? He visits our homes with gifts of yummy candy and gifts. He’s also cute and fluffy, with his big ears and cotton tail.

No one would guess he's hiding an unsavory past.

He may look adorable and harmless, but the Easter Bunny holds secrets he doesn’t want getting out to his devoted fans. If you’re an employer, you'd be surprised if you did a background check on the Easter Bunny. He would never pass!

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Topics: social media screening, Hiring, criminal records search, Drug Screening, education verification, employment history

When Social Media Screening Works...and When It Doesn't

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 25, 2021 9:30:00 AM

 

 

Employers are increasingly turning to social media profiles to screen their job candidates. And why not? If the individual shares posts, tweets, and photos of themselves, why shouldn’t hiring managers tap into those to build a clearer picture and form opinions about them during the hiring process?

Applicants may share information on their favorite social media channel that would valuable for a company to know BEFORE they hire them.

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Topics: social media screening, social media, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, background screening process

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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.