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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


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Social media is a screening tool employers must use wisely.

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A Critical Industry Tool - Social media is a powerful communication tool that more employers are using as a means of vetting applicants prior to a hire. About four in 10 companies harnessed social media or online searches to screen job candidates in 2015, an increase from 33 percent in 2013, according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Screening and Safety

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Screening and Safety - Background checks may serve as a stopgap against preventable accidents

Business owners may wonder if incorporating pre-employment background checks during the hiring process is worth the time and expense. As a recent case highlights,background screenings can provide companies with critical information on an applicant, particularly in industries where worker carelessness leads to property damage or bodily injury.

Selecting a Screening Partner? Ask These 5 Questions

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Finding a quality screening partner can make all the difference in conducting accurate, compliant employee background checks. With the right resources, businesses can ensure they maintain a safe work environment, avoid negligent hiring lawsuits and increase employee retention, all while remaining cost efficient. Employers must screen the company that will help them screen job candidates, and asking these five questions is a great place to start.

Ohio adopts new background check system

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What if an individual with criminal convictions shows up with a clean record during employment screening? That scenario recently became a reality for the state of Ohio. Employers often enlist the services of background screening partners to enhance internal processes, especially if they find their current system is allowing individuals to slip through the cracks.

Tennessee adds new E-Verify requirements for employee screening

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Requiring employers to verify their teams are eligible to work in the U.S. is nothing new for Tennessee. The Tennessee Lawful Employment Act (TLEA) initiated this practice in 2011. However, an amendment will take effect in 2017 requiring companies with 50 or more workers to utilize an E-Verify system operated by the Department of Homeland Security.


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