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The Newly Adopted Human Rights Ordinance is in Effect in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Are You Compliant?

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The City of Grand Rapids, MI passed the Human Rights Ordinance in August 2019. The law took effect December 1, 2019.  The Human Rights Ordinance covers several areas including: expanding protected classes, and discriminatory practices in hiring and tenant screening, as well as in places of public accommodation. Employers and landlords within the city should ensure they are in compliance as there are provisions within the ordinance for damages and attorney fees for those found to be in violation.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Opposes Restricting Credit Checks for Employment Decisions Act!

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SHRM submitted a letter to the leaders of the House Financial Services Committee expressing their opposition to H.R. 3614, the Restricting Credit Checks for Employment Decisions Act. In the letter, SHRM cited data that supports checking credit for certain positions, such as financial, security, and fiduciary roles as a means to mitigate losses, risks, and liability, as well as create better, more secure workplaces. SHRM also stated their belief that employers need to have the ability to put into place policies and procedures that fulfill the needs of their companies. Read the full letter here.

What is SelectHire®?

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SelectHire® is OPENonline’s total employment screening solution that offers a convenient and FCRA compliant way to order background checks to ensure adherence to best practices and hiring laws. SelectHire allows you to customize your background screening process with selected background checks that our FCRA certificated Background Specialists perform for you. This helps make sure that the background checks are done consistently, accurately, economically, and returned to you in a timely manner. The majority of background screening reports are completed in one day or less!

Credit Checks: What Employers Need to Know

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Some organizations utilize credit reports as part of the background screening process, although there has been debate as to the legality and necessity of checking an applicant's credit prior to a hiring decision.

Generally, a candidate's financial status will not come under scrutiny unless the position necessitates either handling money or having authority over the spending of large amounts of money.

Do You Know Your Requirements Under the Recently Expanded Laws Focused on Protecting Consumers Against Fraud and Identity Theft?

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On May 24, 2018 Congress enacted S.2155 - Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The law expands consumer rights when they feel they have been, or are about to become, a victim of fraud or identity theft.

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