In addition to recruiting applicants with the right education and experience, many employers are concerned about possible drug use. Employees who are under the influence of drugs at work can pose a risk to colleagues, customers, and the general public, and a company that knowingly employs someone with a drug problem can face legal repercussions…

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People filling out paperwork

Human resources background checks are among the most helpful parts of the hiring process. Resumes, applications and interviews only provide so much information about a given candidate. All of the information gathered in a standard interview is controlled by the applicant. A method of double-checking such information can be very valuable. A human resources background…

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drug testing

Employers want workers to perform their jobs safely and competently. Drug use can prevent employees from carrying out their duties and may also put fellow staff, customers, and the general public at risk. Some employers believe random drug testing is the solution, but it’s important to understand the laws in the location where your company…

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job interview

Whether you’ve been unemployed for awhile, or you’ve been eyeing a job that will take your career–and paycheck–to the next level, it’s normal to wonder if lying about your salary to prospective employers is acceptable.  As a rule of thumb, you should never lie outright during an interview. That said, don’t volunteer your previous salary…

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job hiring

Many U.S. states have recently legalized the use of marijuana either for medical or recreational purposes (or both). This has left some employees to wonder whether they’re protected from losing their jobs if they are caught out as marijuana users in their drug tests. This has also left employers wondering what their rights are to…

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ARREST

If you have an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor or felony, that means you could be arrested for the crime at any time. A warrant can complicate your life in countless ways. If you are searching for a job, it may or may not cause an employer to decide not to hire you. How an…

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job applications

Many businesses haven’t changed their hiring procedures much in recent years. “If it works, why mess with it?” is an oft-heard refrain. While there is a convenience in doing the old-fashioned way, new rules have come into play that may limit how companies can conduct background checks on prospective employees. What is “Ban the Box?”…

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job interview

It’s the job of every employer to keep their workers safe. It’s not only a responsibility toward workers, but it’s also about reducing liability, keeping productivity high and turnover low. While no one can see into the future to predict how effective a candidate will be as an employee, background checks can go a long…

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