BACKGROUND CHECKS

A closer look at Austin's new 'ban the box' ordinance

06/02/2016
On March 24, the Austin City Council passed a “ban-the-box” ordinance—the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance—which took effect April 4. The final version of the ordinance was released on April 12.

Caution when asking about applicant hobbies

05/18/2016
Some companies in notoriously high-pressure industries are making what seems like counterintuitive hiring moves: To improve productivity, they’re seeking employees who they know are willing to stop and smell the roses.

Box banned? Better update hiring policy

05/18/2016
If you operate in a jurisdiction that has "banned the box," it is time to revamp your hiring process to ensure that applicants are not asked about criminal history until offered a job.

Austin 'bans the box,' limiting criminal history inquiries

04/28/2016
The law, which took effect April 3, prohibits covered employers from asking about a potential employee’s criminal background before making an employment offer.

Who has banned the box so far?

04/23/2016
A total of 23 states have adopted policies making it illegal to ask about criminal histories on employment applications.

Form I-9 just expired! What now?

03/31/2016
The current version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, expires March 31 at midnight. Until further notice, though, employers should keep using it despite the problematic date printed at the top of its first page.

Fixing mistakes in your I-9 forms? How to do it legally

03/24/2016
Many of the I-9 forms in your files are just screaming for attention.

Running background checks? Tell applicants

03/02/2016
We all want to know we’re hiring the best candidates. That often requires running thorough background checks on applicants.

Questionable online content disqualifies job candidates

02/01/2016
Are you among the companies willing to turn away from an applicant because of what they see on social media?

Investigators: U of M wasn't negligent during AD hiring

01/12/2016
When University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague resigned amid charges of sexual harassment and questionable spending, critics said the university must have missed obvious warning signs when he was hired in 2012.

Beware ambiguous questions on job application

12/21/2015
Your job application might be a minefield of litigation risks! Example: If you reserve the right to fire workers who lie on the application, you better be sure that every question on it is absolutely clear.

SBA website offers employers resources for screening applicants

12/15/2015
Did you know that the FBI can help you run background checks on prospective employees?

Don't try cheap tricks to hire foreign labor

12/11/2015

Employers have been caught lately taking advantage of the United States’ H-2 visa guest worker program, violating the rules in ways that deprive qualified American workers of employment opportunities. Don’t risk becoming one of those employers or you may end up in the crosshairs of the Department of Labor or the EEOC.

USCIS proposes 'smart' I-9

12/11/2015
With the current version of the Form I-9 set to expire on March 31, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier this month announced it is seeking public comment on a newly revised “smart” version of the I-9 form. The goal: Reducing errors and preventing confusion.

Get real info from candidates' previous bosses

12/08/2015
Contacting an applicant’s former employers is an essential step in the hiring process. Trouble is, most supervisors have been trained to provide only the bare minimum, such as dates of employment, job title and salary. Try for more than those bland generalities. Asking the following questions can get applicants’ former bosses to open up.
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