Review your forms: Ban the Box, Salary History Bans Across the Country

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “I got application problems. Is it true that I can’t ask if someone has been convicted of a crime on the application? And that sometimes I can’t even ask what they used to earn?” Ann: (Bites into her donut, coffee in hand) “It’s true, in many jurisdictions there’s…

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For the New Year: Are Your Forms Up to Date?

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “You keep yammering on about the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and how everything needs to compliant. And how my forms need to be up-to-date. My background screener is compliant, it says so on their website.” Ann:[Fights urge to point out that not everything on the Internet…

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Quick Tips about Your Background Screening Policy

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “Hi, I’m with Rapid Speedy Flash Delivery. Do you have any quick tips about background screening policies? I don’t have all day.” Ann: “Lemme grab two cups of black java and I’ll make those tips extra-quick.” Everyone wants it now. Or before now. Yesterday would be…

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Happy New Year! Now, Let’s Review All Our Policies.

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “What do you recommend we do to update our corporate background check policy for 2019?” Ann: Flushes with pride “You’re asking me?” Customer: “Yeah, it’s slow around here. Everyone’s out for the holidays. You always answer the phone” Organizations that wish to keep their employees and…

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The 12 Days of Background Checks

‘Tis the season of gift giving and what better gifts to receive than gifts to help you ensure you have the best workforce possible? On the 1st day of Background Checks my screener gave to me: A terrific, jurisdictionally compliant Application to be used for all futures hires. Ann says, “Don’t let your applicants just…

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Did I Hire a Turkey?

You may not know what’s going on in someone’s life that will turn them from hirable to liable. … [Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Current Customer: “I just heard that one of my care workers, Susie, was in jail. Can you tell me why?” Ann: Hmmmmm….. My client’s business, in this instance…

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Frightening Statistics and the Third Leading Cause of Death on the Job

October is the month of Halloween fun and frights, but there are frightening facts that can affect your workplace year-round. Read on to see what I mean: [Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “What’s a frightening statistic you know that very few other people know?” Ann: “Do we really have time for…

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Advantages and Disastrous Disadvantages of Instant Criminal Databases

[Phone rings]
Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.”
Prospective Customer: “We ran an Instant Criminal search and Suzy came back clear. Then she was denied a realtor’s license, they said she had a criminal conviction. What gives?”
Ann: “What jurisdiction?”
Prospective Customer: “San Diego.”
Ann: Puts head on desk. The desk is nice and cool.

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Hiring employees in today’s world can be challenging in many ways. With these simple tips and guidelines, you can learn how to avoid toxic workers in a #MeToo, High-Tech, Active Shooter, Headlines, Juries and Ban the Box world.