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Susan McCullah

Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager for Data Facts Background Screening Division.
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COVID-19 Regulatory Updates

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 26, 2020 2:37:29 PM

Here is an up-to-date list of important changes and extensions being allowed that our healthcare clients may find valuable. Remember, these are subject to change at any time. 

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Topics: COVID-19, Human Resources, regulatory changes

HR's Gameplan for Handling the Salary History Question

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 29, 2020 2:45:00 PM

“What's your current income?”

For decades, employers asked job seekers this question without hesitation. A candidate’s income was considered an open book that HR and hiring managers felt privy to without compunction. Salary information could be used to figure out the type of compensation package an applicant would accept, and even what they were worth.

Hiring managers could reach certain conclusions from a job seeker’s salary history. If it was too high, employers might decide to pass over offering the person the job because they were “too expensive”. If it was too low, the applicant could be perceived as not qualified enough or further along in their career path to handle the expectations of the position they were seeking.

All this is evolving, and HR must be ready.

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Topics: Good hiring practices, salary history ban, salary history question

10 Predictions on How COVID-19 Will Permanently Affect the Workplace

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 22, 2020 8:42:16 AM

The Coronavirus has upended just about everything. We all want to see our lives get back to normal, but what will that mean? The future is murky, and we all agree there will be some permanent changes to the world. These are bound to alter our working environment.

Looking into the the next few months and years to what this means for us, and we see a considerable change in certain aspects of the workplace. Here are 10 predictions on how COVID-19 will permanently impact the workplace.

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Topics: hiring process, company culture, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Alternate Screening Solutions Employers Should Probably be Using

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 14, 2020 2:50:17 PM

In the wake of COVID-19 employers are striving to keep their businesses open and profitable. Doing this means that there is still hiring that must be done.

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Topics: Background screening, background screening company, COVID-19, employment screening, background screening process

I-9 Requirements to Verify Identity Relaxed May 1, 2020

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 6, 2020 3:50:02 PM

The Coronavirus pandemic hit just about every facet of business hard, and the hiring process didn't escape. Regulations set beforehand are not realistic to enforce during the lock down and social distancing. A recent Data Facts blog post discussed DHS relaxing I-9 requirements due to COVID-19, allowing job candidates to complete I-9 forms remotely. 

Now the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, as of May 1, 2020, 

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Topics: Employment screening policy, hiring process, COVID-19, I-9 requirement

Spring Clean Your Hiring Docs: How Long Should You Keep 'Em?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 23, 2020 10:08:39 AM

Disclaimer: The following article is not offered as business or legal advice. Data Facts is not a law firm and does not offer legal or business consulting advice. This article is not intended as a substitute for the legal advice of an attorney knowledgeable of the issues covered as they relate to a user’s individual circumstances.

Do your folders, whether paper or digital, look like something you might see on an episode of “Hoarders”? Do you know you need to clean them out, but you don’t know where to begin? Then you’re at the right place.

It’s intimidating deciding which hiring docs you need to hang on to and which ones to trash. After all, there’s that fear of “what if I need ‘em” permeating every toss. It’s enough to cause you to give up and shove them all back into folders to clog your files for eternity.

Here’s a clear-cut plan to effectively spring clean you hiring docs without worrying about ditching something valuable.

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Topics: Best Practices, hiring process, Hiring docs, record retention, document destruction

Cincinnati OH Prohibited Salary History Question

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 9, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Portions of this article were originally posted on the Proskauer website and can be accessed here

Cincinnati, Ohio passed an ordinance prohibiting employers from asking for salary history from job applicants, effective 03/13/2020.

This recently passed law prohibits employers from asking job applicants for their salary history. Under the Ordinance, employers with 15 or more employees located within the City of Cincinnati may not ask about or rely on the prior salary history of prospective employees in determining their starting salary.

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Topics: Employer hot topics, hiring process, salary history ban, cincinnati, salary history question

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

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

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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.