E-Verify Currently Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown

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As you may or may not be aware, parts of the federal government officially shut down at 12:01 Tuesday morning after Congress failed to come to an agreement to fully fund normal operations. This includes about eight hundred thousand federal workers, national parks and many government websites, including E-Verify. While E-Verify is unavailable, no one will be able to access their E-Verify account. As a result, we will ...

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The EEOC Challenges the Screening Policies of both BMW and Dollar General

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What Can You Learn From Their Policies?

ResourcesThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed lawsuits against Dollar General Corporation and BMW over their use of criminal background checks to screen out applicants or terminate employees. In both cases, they are claiming disparate impact, but if you look closer at the details it seems the policies could easily impact any applicant negatively.  The courts will eventually issue definitive rulings, but employers everywhere should ...

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Texas Leads the Charge

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iStock_000018291173_MediumOne state legislature has now taken note of the Hobson’s choice referred to in the district court’s opinion on the EEOC suit against the Freeman Companies this August. In the Freeman case, the judge explained that the EEOC has a responsibility to deal with disputes administratively before heading to court. (Basically, don’t sue first and ask questions later.) Employers in Texas now have ...

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10 Things Every Employer Should Know to Stay Compliant

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iStock_000012204568MediumOvercoming unfair barriers to employment is one of the current strategic enforcement priorities of the EEOC. The commission says it wants to further educate the public and the employer community on the appropriate use of conviction records. They urge employers to give job applicants a chance to explain past criminal misconduct before they are rejected to avoid disparate impact. They also recommend that ...

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The Definition of “Spouse” and “Marriage” is Now Governed by State Law and Those Laws are Changing Fast

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Leaving More Questions Than Answers, the Decision on DOMA Affects Many Employers

Wedding Cake TopperOn June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision regarding same-sex marriage.  The ruling not only redefines “spouse” and “marriage” but also means that a same-sex marriage recognized at the state level is now considered a ...

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Clarifying Different Types of Criminal Records – Top 10 List

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Clarifying Different Types of Criminal Records – Top 10 List

Services (5)Let’s explore the top 10 most common convictions found on criminal background checks in the United States and get a better understanding of these convictions. This series of articles will delve deeper into conviction types, how they differ from state to state, the differences and subcategories of each, recidivism rates, and typical job functions that might need to be considered when ...

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Steps to Improve and Inspire for HR Professionals

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Services (3)First yourself, then Others.  3 Steps You Can Take to Start the Year off Right!

1.  Get Interested

Often HR is thought to only care about employees in terms of policies or benefits.  Yet companies that foster employee well-being, including a culture that supports people’s commitments outside of work, are more productive and profitable.  It is absolutely essential for ...

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