Posts Tagged: Adverse Action

Philadelphia Limits the Use of Credit History in Hiring Decisions

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As part of its Fair Practices Ordinance, Protections Against Unlawful Discrimination, Philadelphia has enacted a measure that limits employers’ use of credit history in making employment decisions about applicants or employees. The law is effective as of July 7, 2016. We are used to hearing about jurisdictions adopting a Ban the Box law to restrict… Read more »

5 Tips for Using Criminal History in the Hiring Process

So, you want to know if your prospective employee has a criminal past? Looking into the criminal history of job applicants is a smart hiring practice. Given the high proportion of adult Americans with criminal records (the National Employment Law Project estimates 1 in four adults has a record of some kind), it is likely… Read more »

Avoiding the Perils of Social Media Employment “Checks”

A few months ago, Facebook announced that it had 128 million daily unique users in the United States. That’s over 1/3 of the population who viewed, updated, and shared personal bits of information with a network of “friends”, each of whom has his or her own network. Inevitably, a lot of the people on Facebook—and… Read more »

FTC to Employers: The FCRA Covers Employment Screening

Two recent settlements announced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) drive home the point and serve as an important reminder that employment background screening is subject to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). You, as an employer, should understand how the FCRA relates to your employment screening program and ensure that your consumer reporting… Read more »

12 Dos and Don’ts of Pre Employment Screening

Pre employment screening is relied upon by nearly 80% of corporate America – and for good reason. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, every dollar invested in employment screening can result in a $5 – $16 return on investment, stemming from higher productivity, lower absenteeism, a decrease in turnover, and less risk of employer… Read more »

Employment Screening Terminology (a.k.a. “How to Impress the Boss”)

Hiring new employees can sound like a straightforward process of collecting a few resumes, conducting interviews, checking references, and choosing the right candidate. But you would probably laugh at (or kick) anyone who would suggest that being a hiring manager is easy. Even in today’s economy when available talent is more plentiful, the complex legal… Read more »

Watch the Clock in Adverse Action for Employment

In following the Fair Credit Reporting Act for Adverse Action Employment, Timing Matters A few years back, when the economy was booming, the challenge for employers in general and HR recruiters specifically was to hire all the workers they needed to fulfill the high demand for their products and services. Today the challenge is exactly… Read more »