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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

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

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

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

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

Washington Ban-The-Box Law Limits Criminal Background Checks

Posted by Jackson Lewis

Apr 16, 2018 1:06:00 PM

Effective June 6, 2018, Washington will be the next state to implement “ban the box” legislation, which restricts employers from executing a criminal background check on the job applicant during the initial stages of the application process.

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Topics: Background screening, background checks, Ban the Box, Employer use of criminal records, background check services

Driver Screening: Is Your Company's Biggest Risk on the Road?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 15, 2017 1:08:14 PM

 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background check, post-employment screening, negligent hiring, driver screening, background check services

Fingerprinting for Background Screening: What Employers Must Know

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 29, 2017 9:31:26 AM

The majority of employers use some degree of background screening in hiring decisions. Some employ a criminal search, while others use several screening reports, drug screening, and assessment testing to help reach their decisions. 

Fingerprinting is another background check option that helps employers gain additional information on the job candidates background and past behavior. 

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Topics: Background screening, Healthcare hiring, background screening practices, fingerprinting for background screening, background check services

"Instant" is Bad for Coffee AND Background Searches

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 27, 2016 10:11:34 AM

The 21st century is the age of instant. From texts, pictures, and phone calls, to finding the name of the boy who played the youngest Brady kid, we have information and communication at our fingertips, available in seconds. 

Is that why employers are crazy about the idea of an instant background check

We hear about them everyday from clients, and competitors constantly tout instant criminal records searches returned in seconds. 

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Topics: credit checks, background check, Litigation avoidance, background screening practices, 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.