As more states move to legalize marijuana, both recreational and medical, one state and one major city are taking legalization to the next level: by banning preemployment drug testing for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana.
Category: Reference & Background Checks
Reference checking and background checking are critical (but not easy) parts of the recruiting process. Legal pitfalls abound, especially with discrimination, privacy, and third party participation.
New Mexico will join the list of states with “ban the box” legislation when a new law takes effect on June 14.
In a previous post, we discussed the recently signed FIRST STEP Act, which reduces sentences for thousands of nonviolent criminals and promises to provide shorter sentences for certain nonviolent crimes going forward. When it comes to a particular individual, the criminal justice system has two primary goals: punishment and rehabilitation.
There have long been criticisms of the harsh penalties handed down to those convicted of nonviolent drug charges in the United States.
Employers that engage third-party agencies for assistance in conducting background checks on employees or job applicants or gathering information for workplace investigations must strictly adhere to the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (FCRA) notice and authorization requirements.
As recruiters, you may work directly with jobseekers to perfect their résumés and help them stand out among a sea of applicants. Besides making sure the résumé is flawless, you should also work with candidates to make sure they have a solid reference list—otherwise, the candidate runs the risk of being passed over.
Class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) are not the only compliance concern for employers performing background checks in an increasingly complex legal environment. In addition, employers are impacted by state and local requirements, including “ban the box” laws and salary history prohibitions. This article is a brief introduction to these […]
New Orleans, Louisiana, is joining the ranks of cities and states “banning the box” from its job applications.
Background screening is a step in the employment process that involves analyzing past and present details about a prospective employee before hiring. In the past, a background check was not necessary for the hiring process as companies were more concerned about the skills and qualifications of a potential employee. However, due to the drastic changes […]
Employers often use job applications to seek information about candidates’ conviction records. Criminal background checks are often performed before hiring an employee. The reasons for seeking the information seem obvious, but unfortunately, how the information can be used is not.