Posts By: Michael Gaul

University of Miami Accused of Racial Discrimination for Rejecting Job Applicants Based on Employment Credit Checks

A lawsuit filed in Miami federal court on November 22, 2010 alleges that the use of employment credit checks by the University of Miami constitutes discriminatory hiring practices, as defined by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. In this potentially ground-breaking class-action lawsuit, Plaintiff Loudy Appolon asserts that employers who use credit history to… Read more »

Age Discrimination: A Growing Concern

Age discrimination is what happens when an employer treats an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects against age discrimination for people who are 40 years or older. And it’s this population that is of growing concern to the EEOC and others who… Read more »

Employment Eligibility Verification: What You Need to Know

As an employer you are intimately aware of the I-9 Form. But do you understand the complete picture of employment eligibility verification and your responsibilities under the law? The hidden complexities might surprise you. The Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 Form is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and used by employers to verify… Read more »

Free Webinar – Employment Verifications and Reference Checks: “There Must Be a Better Way”

“The throttle for growth for any great company is not the markets, technology, competition or products. It is one thing above all others; the ability to get and keep the right people.” This quote comes from Jim Collins, author of the book Good to Great, and it’s one we tend to frequently repeat around here…. Read more »

The Background Credit Check Under Fire: Fair or Not?

Is an Employer’s Use of Background Credit Checks Appropriate? Under fire from consumers, state legislators, and the EEOC, the background check utilized by employers to judge individuals’ suitability for certain jobs is being challenged. The use of background checks and specifically the background credit check has been under intensifying debate among national and state officials… Read more »

Background Checks for School Volunteers: Necessary or Not?

A school district wouldn’t think of hiring an employee to work in its schools without first conducting a background check on the individual. In fact, most state have made this practice a statutory requirement making it highly unlikely that any organization that hires workers with access to children will not require screening their employees. When… Read more »

The True Cost of Employee Turnover

How does employee turnover affect your bottom line? Employee turnover— HR professionals and company accountants understand it costs money, but the true cost of turnover is often widely underestimated. It may be shocking to you, but researchers estimate the cost to replace an employee totals anywhere from 30% to 150% of an employee’s annual compensation…. Read more »