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New York City Bans Pre-Employment Testing for Marijuana Use

Posted by Murtha Cullina

May 17, 2019 1:05:00 PM

Data Facts strives to inform our clients of the ever-evolving laws and regulations affecting their background screening process. This article first appeared on the JDSupra website. 

Effective May 10, 2020, New York City’s Human Rights Law will prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to submit to a marijuana or THC drug test as a condition of employment, with some limited exceptions. The NYC law is the first to ban pre-employment testing, but likely not the last in light of increasing momentum to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Drug Screening, background check services

Automated Tools HR Needs to Understand

Posted by Sonya Weathers

Apr 24, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Whoever first said, “Nothing stays the same except change”, should have received a big prize because it’s true. HR Professionals can testify everything about the way people are recruited, hired, and onboarded constantly evolves and shifts.

In the last few years, technology that affects HR has moved in dog years: Each one feels like seven. How can HR pros, who already have a dozen important tasks on their plates, keep up and stay relevant?

It’s a difficult question.

Here are 5 important directions hiring technology is moving. HR pros must understand these so they can stay competitive in the current environment.

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Social Media Background Checks: Are They Okay?Ask #HR Bartender

Posted by Sharlyn Lauby

Apr 4, 2019 10:50:12 AM

Data Facts periodically shares insights from other publications that are relevant to our audience. This article was written by Sharlyn Lauby of #HRBartender and first appeared on HR Bartender.

I knew that today’s title will get your attention. I’ve been waiting for someone to send me this question! I’m sure this reader’s note will resonate with many: 

I have a question regarding social media. Last year, we came across a candidate who had a number of recent social media posts expressing racially charged views. We decided not to move this candidate along in the selection process as these posts didn’t reflect our company’s values. Our thought process was:
1) They’re a reflection of our brand and we don’t want to be associated with those views and,
2) Those views probably wouldn’t be good for employee morale. 
Were we wrong to use social media in this way? Is there a legal issue with making decisions like this in the future? Would appreciate your insight!
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Topics: Background screening, social media, Employer hot topics, industry expert, background checks, background check services

How to Rock Your Candidate Experience in 2019

Posted by Lisa May

Feb 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

“A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 44% of businesses are looking to hire full-time employees and 51% are planning to hire temporary employees. But 45% of those surveyed said they are unable to fill the much-needed positions due to the lack of qualified talent.”

The booming economy is creating many jobs. The older Boomers are leaving positions that are difficult to fill. These scenarios, coupled with the fact that the unemployment rate is hovering around 4%, the fight for high-performing employees might feel a bit like The Hunger Games. High-quality candidates are probably measuring your company and its offerings against multiple other organizations.

Their decisions could well be determined by how they are treated during the recruiting and interviewing process.

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Topics: background checks, candidate experience, company culture

7 Smart 2019 Background Screening Resolutions HR Should Make NOW

Posted by Julie Henderson

Dec 19, 2018 10:29:42 AM

With record low unemployment, finding, recruiting, and keeping high performing employees in your organization will be more challenging in 2019 than in the recent past. Even so, it’s entirely possible to be productive and successful in your hiring endeavors. It just takes planning and commitment.

2019 in business-1

Here are 7 smart resolutions relating to background check processes that are essential for HR to consider in 2019 and beyond.

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Topics: background screening company, background screen, Compliance, adverse action procedures, background checks, background screening practices, background check services, hiring process

Confusing Background Check Disclosures Can Result in Employer Compliance FCRA Trouble!

Posted by Nadia D. Adams

Dec 4, 2018 10:23:57 AM

Data Facts strives to keep our clients informed about the importance of diligent and consistent compliance in their background check processes. This article was written by Nadia D. Adams and originally published online at The National Law Review.

On November 29, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mitchell v. Winco Foods, No. 17-35998, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33483 (9th Cir. Nov. 29, 2018); a Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) case on appeal after the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case for lack of standing.

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Topics: FCRA, Litigation avoidance, adverse action procedures, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, employment laws

Be A Hiring Ham: Audit Your Hiring Process Now for 2019 Success

Posted by Maddie Bradin

Nov 30, 2018 9:52:02 AM

Nobody wants to be a turkey. That’s why Human Resource professionals must maintain diligence and consistency to create the most relevant, efficient hiring process possible.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Employment screening policy, unlawful discriminatory hiring practice, background check services, hiring process

Why HR Should Add Driver Screening to Their Hiring Process

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 31, 2018 1:06:16 PM

Driving is risky. Rampant smartphone use, construction, weather, and a variety of other factors work against drivers. It’s especially challenging for those who drive for a living. Add to that long hours of exhausted driving, potential issues with drugs or alcohol, and the chances of causing or being involved in an accident are above average.

At first glance, HR Professionals may think this article doesn’t pertain to them if they work in an industry besides transportation. However, organizations offering deliveries or employing a traveling sales staff are open to the costly risks that having drivers on the payroll brings.

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Topics: Background screening, HR Professionals, driver screening, hiring process

Should You Incorporate Social Media in Your Background Check Services?

Posted by Lisa May

Sep 13, 2018 2:47:56 PM

HR Professionals understand the importance of properly vetting their employees. Using background checks to make certain the job candidate has the skills and education that are listed on the resume (and doesn’t have recent, dangerous crimes or drug use in their past that could be detrimental to the workplace) is an important responsibility. 

With the eruption of social media, hiring professionals have been tempted to peek at job candidates’ profiles. It could be argued, after all, that the individual shares posts, tweets, and photos of themselves. Why not use those to build a clearer picture and form opinions about them during the hiring process?

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Topics: social media screening, Background screening, background check services

Protect Your Senior Care Facility from Lawsuits and Be Prepared for the Possible Future:Begin Developing Your Nursing Home’s Resident Criminal Background Check Processes

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

A Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania nursing home is now paying $7.5 million after being held responsible for the sexual assault of one of its patients by a fellow resident. On the surface, that may sound incredibly unfair, but the details of the case highlight a growing problem in the senior care industry. The assailant was a man with a known criminal history of sexual misconduct, and the nursing home knew of his record. 

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Topics: Background screening, Baby Boomers, Criminal records, background screen, background check services

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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.