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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

New York City Council Expands Fair Chance Act

Posted by Garrett David Kennedy

Feb 18, 2021 11:39:04 AM

This information was originally shared on Lexology and can be viewed here.

Upcoming New York City Law Alert!

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill expanding the scope of N29ew York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) on January 10, 2021.

The new law significantly extends employment protections for applicants and employees with criminal charges or arrests, providing further prohibitions on NYC employers from taking adverse actions based on their criminal history.

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Topics: Employer hot topics, pamela devata, Ban the Box, New York City, Fair Chance Act

ICE Extends I-9 Form Flexibility to Jan. 31, 2021

Posted by I-9 Updates

Jan 12, 2021 8:45:50 AM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has extended its interim policy allowing virtual document-inspection methods for Form I-9 until Jan. 31. This is the 6th time the policy has been extended.

The provision applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating completely remotely because of the public health crisis.

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Topics: I-9 compliance, Employer hot topics, I-9 requirement, Hiring docs

The Big Winner of Election 2020: Marijuana

Posted by Norml.org

Dec 22, 2020 7:17:10 AM

Drug usage and laws continue to be a hot topic for employers. This article was originally published here by Norml.org.

Voters approved a series of statewide ballots legalizing the use and distribution of marijuana for either medical or adult-use purposes.

The results once again affirm that marijuana legalization is a uniquely popular issue with voters of all political persuasions — with majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans consistently endorsing legalization in national polls. The results also continue a multi-decade long trend of marijuana legalization advocates achieving success at the ballot box. Prior to this election, voters have decided affirmatively on 28 separate ballot measures legalizing cannabis (18 measures legalizing medical marijuana, 10 measures legalizing adult use). 

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Topics: Drug testing, Employer hot topics, Marijuana laws

Is Your Driver Screening and Monitoring Process on the Right Road?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 16, 2020 2:30:00 PM

HR is responsible for many important actions regarding a company’s employees. One of the main risks to an organization is employing unsafe drivers. An employee who operates a vehicle as part of their job opens the business up to potential lawsuits and fines in several ways.

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Topics: MVR, Motor Vehicle Records, Employer hot topics, background checks, driver screening, driver screening and monitoring process

Filling Seats: How to Counteract Boomers’ Exits

Posted by Susan McCullah

Nov 5, 2020 12:25:54 PM

For decades, the Baby Boomers have been the primary workforce in every industry across the United States. At 75 million strong, they are a powerhouse of experience and talent. However, roughly half of them are already retired and many other ones have their eyes on doing so within the next decade. This generation holds important jobs and their exits from the workforce could impact several industries-healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing specifically-negatively and create a long-term skills gap.

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Topics: Older workers, Baby Boomers, Employer hot topics

Accountability in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Posted by Kim Mattheson, J.D. M.B.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Sep 4, 2020 10:00:00 AM

We welcome guest blogger Kim Mattheson, JD. M.B.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP to the Data Facts platform.

"Diversity is good. Pass it down."

DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) efforts often focus on workplace training programs that are individualized self-assessments and self-redirection. And while, it's true that no one can change your behavior for you - it's equally true that we are not the best self-monitors.

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Topics: Employer hot topics, workplace accountability, diversity equity and inclusion

Robots and AI…Oh My! Why HR's Future Is Steeped in Automation

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 23, 2020 9:44:24 AM

Robots answering common client questions. A computer program that tracks applicants from first touch through onboarding. Taking employee temperatures as they walk through the door.

All of these sound like they would be part of a 1990’s sci-fi movie, right? The truth is, they’re happening right here in 2020! Artificial Intelligence (AI), Bluetooth technology, and mobile applications are becoming increasingly essential and mainstream every month. Not knowing how they can assist HR can cause your department to falter in progress.

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Topics: Millennials, best onboarding practices, Employer hot topics, AI automation in HR

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

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.