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How to comply with laws regulating criminal background checks

08/06/2018
Employers want safe workplaces. Applicants with criminal records want a chance at gainful employment. Balancing those interests requires paying careful attention to laws that regulate inquiries about applicants’ criminal histories or arrest records.

Sex-for-job quid pro quo indefensible in court

08/06/2018
Make sure you police what your managers and supervisors are doing when hiring applicants. A demand for sex in exchange for a job is basically indefensible.

Ensure job application process is clear and easy to understand

08/06/2018
Is your hiring process clear? Do candidates understand exactly what they need to do to be considered for a job or promotion?

‘Clean slate’ law helps ex-cons, adds employer responsibilities

08/01/2018
Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has signed a “clean slate” bill designed to help people convicted of nonviolent crimes obtain gainful employment.

Shapiro presses fast food biz about ‘no-poach’ contracts

08/01/2018
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has asked franchisees of eight fast food restaurants to disclose any “no-poach” agreements written into their employment contracts.

ICE shatters last year’s mark for serving I-9 audit notices

07/31/2018
By July 20, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had already served more than 5,200 I-9 audit notices to employers across the country, a dramatic increase over last year’s total, when 1,360 I-9 audits were conducted.

In rare cases, expunged records can be used to exclude a job applicant

07/30/2018
Generally, California employers cannot use expunged criminal records as the basis for not hiring or for discharging an employee. However, there are some exceptions.

Bay-area IT firm agrees to H-1B visa settlement

07/30/2018
Cloudwick Technologies in Alameda County has settled allegations by the U.S. Department of Labor that it violated H-1B visa requirements when it paid workers much less than the law requires.

Immigration crisis prompting staff backlash at consulting firms

07/17/2018
The controversy over Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices on the U.S.-Mexico border is spilling into the workplace.

How to lure top talent in a low-unemployment environment

07/13/2018
Getting applicants to sign on the dotted line requires commitment and creativity. Here’s a look at measures companies can take to boost their appeal to prospective workers.