Ban the Box: According to the National Employment Law Project “American workers are treading water in the worst labor market since the Great Depression. To keep afloat, U.S. workers need strong policies and protections to support their ability to find work—their lifeline to economic and social stability. Yet an estimated 65 million U.S. adults who have criminal records often confront barriers that prevent even the most qualified from securing employment”. There is a growing national movement to remove the question "Have you ever been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor?" from job applications – also known as “Ban the Box". The Ban-the-Box movement will continue to be a trend in 2014 as more states, municipalities, and private sector employers adopt this practice. The rationale for this is that screening out job...
Benefits of Conducting Background Checks
Our focus is on protecting your business, minimizing your risk, and enhancing your ROI … Background Screening While there are very real benefits to background screening involving personal safety and company reputation, the truth is a business owner likes to know that the expense of background checks pays off in dollars and cents. Our experience has shown us that the return on investment for the screening process is huge. In fact, you can weigh the cost of screening a new employee against every single potential downside expense and realize a profit in the balance. Consider the potential cost of:
- Discrimination lawsuits
- Workplace violence
- Employee theft
- Company scandal
- Training costs of bad hires
- Lost production
- Identity theft
- Intellectual property theft
How Much Do You Know About Your Vendors & Contractors
Construction fraud and unlicensed contractors can put you, your business, and your home in physical and financial danger. Under most state Statutes and local ordinances, contractors performing construction related work must be licensed. Also, most construction, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system work requires approval and permits from the local county Building Services. Typically, work that does not require a permit is typically cosmetic, such as: painting; installing or replacing floor coverings including carpet, vinyl, tile and wood; shelving; cabinet work and wallpapering. Although a permit is not necessary for painting and tile installation, a licensed contractor is required when you hire someone to perform this type of work. Unlicensed contractors are likely to also be uninsured. Consequently this puts...
Have You Ever Been Convicted?
Currently there is a growing national movement to remove the question "Have you ever been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor?" from job applications. Otherwise known as the "Ban the Box" movement. In most states employers are permitted to ask about or consider arrests that did not lead to conviction. However, the Ban the Box” movement that is happening across the country, calls for employers to wait until a prospective employee is being interviewed or has a provisional job offer before inquiring whether he or she has a criminal past. The aim here is that ex-offenders will have a better chance at getting a job if they’re not eliminated at the very beginning of their job search. According to...