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Is that Santa or A Sex Offender? Conducting Thorough Background Checks

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 7, 2021 8:39:18 AM

HR is tasked with making sure the company runs smoothly, positions are filled, and employees are productive and engaged. Hiring the wrong person can create havoc in the workplace and even make it unsafe. Conducting thorough background checks can minimize this risk.

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Topics: background screening company, background screen, background check, background checks, background check services, workplace safety

I Need It NOW! Proceed Cautiously When Using Instant Criminal Searches

Posted by Susan McCullah

Nov 16, 2021 11:51:33 AM

We live in the age of instant. From texts, pictures, videos, to finding the name of the oldest Full House kid, information and communication are at our fingertips, available in seconds. 

Why do employers get so excited about the idea of an instant criminal searches? 

We hear about them everyday from clients, and competitors constantly tout instant criminal records searches returned in seconds. As great as these instant background screening searches sound, they come with limitations you need to know about. Employers who trust these searches implicitly are setting themselves and their companies up for potential issues. 

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Topics: Background screening, Criminal records, criminal records search, background report

HR Technology: Why Mobile-Centric Solutions Are the Answer

Posted by Susan McCullah

Nov 2, 2021 11:37:39 AM

In the past few years, mobile capabilities have moved from the “want” to the “must have” list for companies. In fact, businesses are thriving and operating with a higher level of productivity by evolving their processes from traditionally-focused to mobile-centric.

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Topics: candidate experience, mobile technology, hr technology

The Ultimate Guide to Screening Your Vendors

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 5, 2021 9:37:04 AM

Efficient vendor management benefits companies in several ways. It can increase productivity, decrease downtime and supply chain issues, and reduce overall operating costs. Plus, it can eliminate a bunch of HR headaches!

A pivotal part of a successful vendor management process starts at the beginning with vendor screening. Just like your job applicants, vendors should be put through a series of screening checks so you can be confident about their ability to deliver the quality products you need.

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Topics: third party vendor, Employer hot topics, Vendor Management, Human Resources

Connecticut Passes Salary Range Disclosure Law, Effective October 1

Posted by Tanya A. Bovée and Allison P. Dearington

Sep 20, 2021 3:58:16 PM

Data Facts sometimes shares articles that we think will help our audience. The information in this blog post was originally published on JacksonLewis.

Connecticut’s “An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Salary Range for a Vacant Position,” which goes into effect on October 1, 2021, imposes new requirements on Connecticut employers to disclose the wage range for vacant positions to both job applicants and existing employees.

The new law also extends the prohibition on sex-based compensation discrimination to comparable as opposed to equal work.

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Topics: Good hiring practices, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, hiring process, salary history question

Louisiana's New Fair Chance Law Went into Effect August 1, 2021

Posted by Johnna Leeds

Aug 13, 2021 9:31:50 AM

Effective August 1, 2021, Louisiana joined the growing list of states and localities with “Fair Chance” laws by enacting its own law restricting an employer’s consideration of criminal history in hiring decisions.

What Louisiana Employers Need to Know

1) Unless otherwise provided by law, Louisiana now prohibits employers (those with 20 or more employees in the state) from considering an arrest record or a charge that did not result in a conviction if the information was received in the course of a background check.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, EEOC, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, Fair Chance Act, Second Chance Law, Louisiana, consideration of criminal history

New Maine Law Set to Prohibit Employers from Asking About Applicant's Criminal History

Posted by Christian Wade

Aug 5, 2021 2:36:17 PM

Keeping our clients updated about changing employment laws is at the top of our priority list. This article, originally posted by The Center Square, is an informative piece about the upcoming change in the use of criminal searches in hiring in Maine.

Employers in Maine will be prohibited from asking prospective job candidates about their previous criminal histories under a new law signed by Gov. Janet Mills.

The new law will ban companies from screening people with criminal backgrounds before those applicants have an opportunity to go through the preliminary hiring process.

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Topics: Employment screening policy, background checks, Ban the Box, Employer use of criminal records, employment laws

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

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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.