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Philadelphia Clarifies Ordinance Banning Salary History Questions

In January, Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney, signed the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance, which was scheduled to go into effect in May of this year. However, shortly after its signing, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia questioned...

The Evolution of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

It’s 2017, yet many employers have not reviewed their drug-free workplace documents since the mid-2000s, if they have a document to convey to their employees their position on substance abuse in the workplace. It has been a busy 10 years and a...

Salary History in New York City Hiring Processes? Forget About It.

Over the past few years, the use of salary history in the hiring process has become quite a hot-button issue. Some argue that it is an employer’s right to ask for salary history, whereas others argue that it perpetuates cycles of pay inequity in...

Jurisdictions Across the U.S. Implement Fair Chance Regulations

For many years, organizations and lawmakers across the country have dedicated their efforts to leveling the playing field and increasing access to job opportunities for individuals with criminal records. Like other initiatives gaining traction...

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Ruling is First of Its Kind

In 2014, Cristina Barbuto of Brewster, Massachusetts, accepted a position with Advantage Sales and Marketing. After only one day of employment, the company terminated Barbuto upon receiving her marijuana-positive drug test results. Barbuto, who...

How Outsourcing Employment Verifications & Education Verifications Protects the Integrity of Background Checks

When developing background screening programs, many employers and hiring managers first assess their organization’s needs. They typically create a list of necessary background check components, and look for a vendor like AccuSource to meet their...

Beyond the MVR: Making the Most of the Driver Lifecycle

It is widely known in the risk management field motor vehicle reports (MVRs), which detail a driver’s past performance, provide a useful means of predicting future driving performance. Knowing the on-and-off-duty driving habits and records of your...

Now In Effect: NYC’s Expanded Ban The Box Law

In 2015, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the city’s first Fair Chance Act (FCA) into effect. On the day of its signing, de Blasio said:

“Today, we ‘ban the box’ in New York City. This bill opens the door to jobs for New Yorkers who have already...

Advantages of An Electronic I-9/E-Verify Database – Are You At Risk?

All employers in the U.S. are required to have a Form I-9 on file for every employee hired. Errors are common on traditional paper form I-9 documents, which could expose your company to heavy fines when audited. Employers can reduce the risk of...

San Francisco Bans the Use of Salary History in the Hiring Process

Pay inequity has been a hot-button issue in the United States for many years; with women and minorities historically earning significantly less than their non-minority, male counterparts. Now, in 2017, the topic continues to grow in popularity,...

NAPBS Accreditation: Why It Matters

Nearly 15 years ago, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) was established to “represent the interest of companies offering employment and tenant background screening services.” At the time of its founding, NAPBS...

This September: Make Sure Your Form I-9 is Up-to-Date

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9 is mandatory for all U.S. employers. The form, which must be on file for all employees hired on or after November 6, 1986, is used to verify an employee’s identity and...

Legal Experts Weigh In on Random Drug Testing in California

In the State of California, there are many common understandings held by its residents – certain regions almost always experience droughts, avocados are relatively expensive (despite being a major crop), the recreational and medicinal use of...

Compliance 101: Are You Asking the Right Questions

In today’s job market, where employers shell out significant amounts of time and money to recruit, hire and onboard candidates, it is normal for human resources professionals to be inquisitive during the hiring process. And for many years, it was...

Now In Effect: Stricter Regulations for Criminal Records

Earlier this year, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) amended and approved regulations to include additional restrictions when using criminal records in the hiring process. The new regulations, which took effect July 1,...

What to do if you uncover criminal history during the background check process

As pre-employment background check procedures continue to exist as a large part of the hiring process, there are instances where an employer will find that the applicant has a criminal history.

Handling this sensitive manner in a professional way...

How to identify red flags during a thorough background check

One of the key issues that exist among employers looking to hire new employees is the background check process.

Many organizations require an HR background check before an offer is extended.

With so many nuances in place, including issues like ...

How to Start Using Pre-employment Background Checks

The hiring process is a lot like dating in the 21st century. You assume everyone on the latest dating app is embellishing at least one of their characteristics, and you hope it isn't the part about not having a criminal past.

Fortunately, our...

Why Do People Think Drug Testing In The Workplace Is A Good Idea?

Many companies have employment drug screen policies in place to ensure their new hires are not using illegal drugs.

Employment drug screening is one of the benchmarks used to determine whether or not an applicant is a good fit for the company.

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Avoiding the Top Six Form I-9 Compliance Mistakes

Every time a new employee is hired, the company is required to fill out an IRS I-9 form. If this form is not completed, the company can be fined for non-compliance, or worse. 

What is an I-9 form?

According to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration...

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