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We’ve assembled and curated content from various sources to help keep you – the busy HR professional – up-to-date on the latest in HR, hiring and employment background screening news.

July 7, 2016

Publication Date: July 7, 2016

HR Director Lied on Resume – Resigns After 3 Weeks

A former county human resources director in Pennsylvania resigned from his job after just three weeks when it was found that he had lied on his resume. The former employee had stated on his resume that he worked at a nursing and rehabilitation center from 2003 to 2016, when he actually worked at a hospital during […]


June 28, 2016

Publication Date: June 27, 2016

Indiana Criminal Record Background Check Law Effective July 1

A bill that requires home health care agencies in Indiana to obtain a national (expanded) criminal record background check on employees will become effective July 1. The current law only required a limited criminal record background check, unless certain circumstances warranted an expanded criminal record background check. Home health care agency surveys will help verify the new […]


June 15, 2016

Publication Date: June 1, 2016

5 Steps to Streamline the Hiring Process

According to research from CEB, the average time to fill a job increased by 62 percent for large global organizations between 2010 and 2015 – with the average time-to-hire for white-collar positions taking 68 business days, which is 26 days longer than it took in 2010. A common delay in the hiring process is when applicants’ […]


June 14, 2016

Publication Date: June 3, 2016

May 2016 Shows Lowest Monthly Job Total Since September 2010

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), only 38,000 jobs were added in May 2016. This is more than 100,000 shy of what economists had expected. The unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent, the lowest since November 2007, but is believed to be due to more Americans dropping out of the labor force. Many sectors reported losses […]


June 2, 2016

Publication Date: June 1, 2016

Three Crisis Center Volunteers are Registered Sex Offenders

UPDATE: As of June 5, a new policy was set in place requiring all current and future volunteers to undergo a background check. The three sex offenders were also fired. A crisis center in Michigan is under fire after a board member figured out that three of the volunteers are registered sex offenders. The crisis center helps callers […]


March 22, 2016

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Are You Losing Top Talent Due to Your Online Job Application Process?

Are your online job applications too long and daunting? According to a CareerBuilder study, 60 percent of job applicants abandon online job applications because of their length or intricacy. You could be losing out on top talent and/or receiving poor word-of-mouth from the applicants that are annoyed with the drawn-out process. While traditional thinking says a lengthy […]


March 16, 2016

Publication Date: March 11, 2016

3 Best Practices for Managing Independent Contractors

Are you updating your policies and procedures when you hire independent contractors? According to an Intuit study, there will be about 7.6 million people working as independent contractors by 2020. This SHRM article shares three best practices for managing independent contractors: Understand motivations for better sourcing. Independent contractors aren’t just retirees or people who have certain specialized skills. Part-time students and individuals wanting to maintain […]


February 25, 2016

Publication Date: February 18, 2016

Class-Action Lawsuit: Dave & Buster’s Background Checks Allegedly Violate the FCRA

A Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class-action lawsuit has been filed against Dave & Buster’s after an applicant, Joseph Alvarez, was denied a position with the restaurant chain based on the background check results. Alvarez applied to the restaurant’s Orlando, Florida location to be a line cook, and and after being offered the job, was advised the offer […]


January 27, 2016

Publication Date: January 21, 2016

Arizona Unemployment Continues to Decline to 5.8 Percent

Arizona’s unemployment rate continued to decline in December going down from 6.0 percent in November to 5.8 percent. While this is still higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.0 percent, the jobless rate is back down to where it was in May 2015. The state also gained 7,400 non-farm jobs in December, while the private sector gained […]


January 13, 2016

Publication Date: January 7, 2016

5 Steps to Take Before You Hire a New Employee

Many employers and HR professionals work long hours and wear many hats, so when it comes to the hiring process and bringing a new employee on board, some may hire the first promising applicant that has a great resume or interviews well. An applicant may have the desired position requirements on their resume, and may seem like […]


January 12, 2016

Publication Date: January 8, 2016

December 2015 Employment Numbers

The national employment situation for December 2015 increased by 292,000, while the unemployment rate remained the same at 5.0 percent. Jobs were added in the professional and business services industry; as well as in construction, healthcare and food services and drinking places. Unemployment numbers have consistently declined since December 2013, when the national unemployment rate was at 6.7 percent. […]

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