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May 18, 2016

The New York Times recently reported many businesses that work with heavy machinery have a hard time finding employees who can pass drug tests. Businesses need to find tests that applicants can't easily fool.

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May 16, 2016

Many candidates admit to lying when applying for a job. A 2015 Careerbuilder survey of more than 2,000 employers found 56 percent of hiring managers have found at least one lie on resumes submitted to them. Sometimes these lies are obvious, while others are just slight exaggerations meant to put the candidate in the best light.

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May 13, 2016

It's no secret the Federal Bureau of Investigation database is incomplete. The FBI only receives a portion of fingerprint records taken at the time of arrest.

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May 13, 2016

Uber drivers in Palm Beach won't have to undergo fingerprint background screening. When businesses introduce a new way of serving the public, it can take a while for government officials and consumer organizations to catch up with innovation. Companies operating in the sharing economy must prepare for new employment screening regulations proposed by federal and state government organizations and demanded by consumers.

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May 9, 2016

Many states pass "Ban the Box" laws, but the movement hit a snag in Colorado. Colorado allows local businesses to ask about criminal histories during initial job applications.

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May 4, 2016

State's want to ensure only those with prescriptions receive medical marijuana. Local governments looking to approve the sale of marijuana for medical reasons need to put regulations in place.

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May 4, 2016

Lawsuits stemming from firing an employee mistakenly labeled as a convicted felon by background investigations can be extremely costly. Unfortunately, many systems used for employment screening, such as the FBI fingerprint identification index, are full of names that were never convicted of a crime.

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May 3, 2016

Organizations need to find new ways to research candidates and learn if coaches are lying on resumes. Background screenings help determine if coaching resumes are honest.

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May 2, 2016

Many universities are now considering removing questions about criminal history from college applications. As "Ban the Box" laws sweep the nation and receive approval at the federal level, proponents of giving ex-convicts a fair chance at employment and education look to re-evaluate all background investigation policies.

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April 25, 2016

Employers who rely solely on fingerprint background checks for employment screening may be making false assumptions about the effectiveness of the strategy. First, businesses must be aware that there is no complete database of criminals in the U.S.

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