Posts Tagged: Negligent Hiring

6 Great Reasons to Background Check Your Employees

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If you’re like most employers today, you already use background checks to help make employment-related decisions. But just in case you think you’re immune to hiring bad employees, we offer some compelling reasons to set up a background screening program. And, by the way, even if you do have a program in place, these reasons… Read more »

EEOC and FTC Publish Guides on Using Employment Background Checks

Some time ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the publication of “joint tips” on using background checks in hiring. One of the two co-published guides is for employers, titled Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know. The other is for job applicants and employees: Background Checks: What Job… Read more »

4 Key Criteria for Evaluating an Applicant’s Criminal History

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EEOC policy and the various Ban the Box statutes around the country share the common characteristic of requiring employers to adopt background screening procedures that are sensitive to individual-level circumstances. For example, the EEOC Guidance, which is important because Federal law pre-empts state and local statutes regarding discrimination, recommends using a so called, individualized assessment… Read more »

[Infographic] 5 Key Areas of Human Capital Risk

Human capital risk, defined as the gap between the goals of the organization and the skills of its workforce, stems from many sources. Organizations depend on small or large groups of individuals—each related to one another through a division of labor, with each person’s work intended to contribute to achieving the organization’s overall goals. In… Read more »

In Negligent Hiring and Retention it’s About What You Knew, Or Should Have Known

The case of a California minor who sued his public high school guidance counselor and the school district for damages arising out of sexual abuse and harassment by the counselor sends a clear warning to public and private employers alike: If you knew or should have known of an employee’s propensities for potentially damaging behavior… Read more »

Illinois Senate Addresses Employment Background Checks for Group Home Workers

The Chicago Tribune recently reported new legislation approved by the Illinois Senate geared toward increasing safety among workers in group home settings. Known as Paul’s Law, the legislation is named for 42 year-old Paul McCann – a resident of a downstate group home who was brutally murdered by an employee at the facility. It passed… Read more »

Negligent Hiring or Negligent Retention: Is there really a difference?

We frequently read of negligent suits brought on by claimants who contend they were injured in some way by an accused subject whose owed duty of care was not upheld. In other words, individuals, groups, or organizations failing to uphold a legal duty of care while performing an act that could foreseeably cause damage to… 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 »