HR and Employee Screening Issues Affecting your Business
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A-Check Global Offers Background Screening Services for Your Interns & Volunteers
While organizations often host additional “non-staff” personnel—interns, volunteers, students, independent contractors, and others—many may think performing background screening on these groups is either too complex or too expensive. Well, let’s just say we’re here to help by offering a screening program tailored to meet this exact need.
• Take advantage of comprehensive, budget-conscious screening options
• Shift data submission/payment responsibility from your HR team to the “candidate”
• Options available for securely accessing final reports
We can work with you to build and implement a package that works for your needs. For example, here’s a quick look at a “standardized” package of services many of our clients use currently:
Social Security Trace
National Criminal Locator (NATCRIM)
County Criminal Record
Motor Vehicle Report
Federal District Record
• Substance Abuse Screening
Global Direct Search
It’s all about finding what works best for you, then efficiently implementing these additional services into your existing employment program to make life just a little easier. We welcome your call or email to learn more about our intern program: 1-877-345-2021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming changes to Illinois law will prohibit salary
history inquiries & require review of employer drug policies
Salary History Inquiry Ban – Effective September 29, 2019 Amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act (IEPA) become effective September 29, 2019. Included is a ban prohibiting inquiry into and the use of a candidate’s pay history when making employment decisions. Illinois employers will be prohibited from a) screening candidates based on current/prior wages, benefits, and other compensation, b) requiring that salary history meets minimum/maximum criteria for a particular position, and c) requesting salary history as a condition of being considered for employment. Illinois joins with 13 states that have imposed such a ban. For full details on this amendment, we welcome you to READ MORE.
Employment Aspects of the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act – Effective January 1, 2020 The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA)—“Recreational Marijuana Law”—takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. Please keep in mind, there are provisions that may require employers to modify drug use policies:
Employers must have good faith belief that an
employee was impaired or under the influence in the workplace, defined by
identifying specific, articulable symptoms of impairment.
If the employee is disciplined or discharged for
being impaired by marijuana, there must be reasonable opportunity to contest
the basis of the employer’s determination.
And, because marijuana use will be legal outside
the workplace, employers will likely not be able to rely on the results of
testing alone to satisfy the good faith belief requirement, even in
post-accident situations, if there is no reasonable suspicion that the employee
was impaired by or under the influence of marijuana at the time of the
For full details on all
upcoming provisions to the Illinois CRTA, please READ
MORE and be prepared for further review or revision of your current drug
testing and disciplinary polices where necessary to comply with CRTA.
Questions? We’re here to help. Please feel free to give us a
call at 877-345-2021.
09/04/2019 UPDATE:Schools, businesses, and courts within the coastal counties of Georgia and South Carolina are closing at this time ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Minor delays are anticipated. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
09/03/2019: Just a quick note as we continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Dorian. At this time, the hurricane is expected to impact many southern and coastal areas, and we are anticipating delays throughout Florida and the following Georgia counties:
Brantley GA, Bryan GA, Camden GA, Charlton GA, Chatham GA, Effingham GA, Glynn GA, Liberty GA, Long GA, McIntosh GA, Pierce GA, and Wayne GA.
Further updates will be noted here as we begin to see the full impact.
As your trusted partner, we want to make sure you are up to date on issues that may affect you so we monitor new legislation in regards to all facets of employment screening. We found a recent article by the Drug Screening Compliance Institute that details the ongoing evolution of drug legislation, and the resulting adjustments many employers in a growing number of states have to make to their employment programs. There’s never been a more important time for employers to keep an eye on state laws and be prepared to audit/adjust their drug screening policy.
A-Check Global’s HR Webinar series presents Gary Hanley delivering information on FCRA Compliance.
Class-action lawsuits over alleged FCRA violations during the background screening process continue to be on the rise. With the potential rise of litigation in mind, we’re dedicated to providing ongoing advice on how to fairly utilize background screen (consumer) reports, and help you remain compliant with federal, state and local regulations.
Our presentation will cover the following items:
Ensure Your Disclosure is standalone and does not include state notices and waivers
All Adverse Communications are executed
No one on Your Team is Sharing Reports
Your Assessment process is not Subject to Disparate Impact
Your Data is Secure!
Attend the full webinar to receive one hour of HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) Credit.
View this informative webinar below:
Gary Hanley / Compliance Director, A-Check Global
Gary has more than 20 years experience in consumer reporting, including 11 years at the executive level and the last seven years focused solely on industry compliance. Gary currently serves as A-Check Global’s Director of Compliance and as our Data Protection Officer. He is a recognized and respected leader in the Consumer Reporting Industry with several speaking engagements and published white papers to his credit.