Why Should Santa Screen His Elves?

Why background checks on seasonal employees can keep your holidays bright [Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Santa: “I think one of my elves is stealing from me.” Ann: “Oh my. Surely you ran a background check on her before you hired her for the Workshop?” Santa: “Ho ho ho. Well, no. It…

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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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You heard it all your life: Play fair.

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “I have an applicant that gives me the creeps. I want you to run a deeper search on them, you know, sex offenders, the nationwide database, federals, all that.” Ann: “We shouldn’t do that.” Customer: “I’ll pay for it.” Well yes, you bet you will. But…

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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.