FTC’s Advice on Screening Forms: Keep it Simple

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released new, nonbinding guidance regarding background check disclosure and authorization forms. The guidance stated that these forms should be clearly worded and not overwhelmed by “complicated legal jargon” or “extra acknowledgments or waivers.”

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act outlines the requirements for employers conducting background checks, and the legislation requires that employers disclose its intent to screen applicants or current employees and that the individual who will be screened provides written authorization allowing the ...

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How to Manage Your Company’s Interns

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Creating an internship program sounds like a great idea for many businesses. It’s a low-cost way to find future employees, pursue new business goals and projects, and give students the hands-on experience they need to succeed in their future careers. What many businesses don’t account for, however, is the time that goes into creating a successful internship program.

Hiring an intern is much like hiring a regular, full-time employee. You will need to interview many candidates and then train ...

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The First Steps to Hiring an Intern

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Summer is here, and that means that thousands of businesses are looking to hire summer interns. Internships are becoming increasingly important to college students as they look to gain hands-on experience before entering the job market. Internships give most students a vital foot in the door, but they also provide employers with eager employees.

If you’re looking for interns, you’re not alone! A 2014 survey found that 56 percent of employers hire interns at some point during the year, ...

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Weekend Roundup: California May Soon Ban Asking Applicants for Salary History

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A proposal making its way through the California state legislature would prohibit employers in the state from asking candidates for their salary history and require them to disclose the pay scale to candidates who request it.

 

The bill, AB 168, is part of an effort to address “historic and structural impediments to gender equity,” according to Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman. This addition comes after amendments made to California’s Equal Pay Act that went into effect in January 2016, which made it ...

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Drug Screening Best Practices for Every Business

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Drug screening is an important aspect in maintaining a healthy, safe, and productive work environment. Pre-employment drug testing is standard for many companies, but there’s much more to it than that. Random drug testing, solid policies, and documenting these practices is important as well. If you’re looking to begin drug testing or already do, then make sure you’re following these testing best practices.

 

  1. Create a drug-testing policy.

Policies provide protocol for your HR department and make the screening process and ...

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Can Workplace Conflict be Healthy?

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You most likely try to avoid conflict at work. All of us do. At even a hint of conflict, we turn and run the other way. Disagreements can produce a similar reaction—we know that opposing others can have a slew of negative consequences. For HR professionals and managers, who often spend hours each week resolving conflict, avoiding conflict altogether most likely sounds like a great idea.

 

However, it’s not always best to turn a blind eye to potential conflicts. Eliminating tension ...

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Research Shows One-Third of Applicants Think Hiring is Unfair

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One of the HR topics to make mainstream news in recent months is the Ban-the-Box ordinances that are popping up around the nation. One of the driving forces behind these laws is the most common opinion among job applicants: that hiring is unfair. A recent survey found that one-third of job seekers think that hiring is unfair. So how can employers combat this common thought? Let’s dig into the numbers.

 

The study found that a third of people think that ...

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Onboarding Practices Every Company Should Have

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Finally! The long, tiring interview process is over. Your candidate passed the background check and drug test. You’re confident that they’re the right fit for the job. Don’t get too excited, however. The hard part has just started. Onboarding can be complicated and stressful for the new hire and their team, but with a well-thought-out plan, you can make the process seamless.

 

The most common reason why new hires leave their positions so early is that the position didn’t meet ...

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