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Navigating Aliases/AKAs in National Criminal Records Searches

As mysterious as the word “alias” can sound, you don’t have to be a secret agent to have one. In fact, nearly everyone you meet has gone by a different name at one point in time. In social settings, the confusion can lead to awkward situations at worst, but when a person applies for a…

How Does Employment Drug & Alcohol Testing Work?

How Does Employment Drug and Alcohol Testing Work?

Drug testing in the workplace is a standard practice that virtually all applicants expect to find in the hiring process of any company. The reasons for employers to screen for drug use among their candidates and existing personnel may seem obvious, but it’s important to have a clear understanding of each of the most common…

What Employers Need to Know About Conducting Background Checks – Part 3 – Reviewing the Report and Adverse Action

Reviewing the Background Report Now that you’ve received the information you’ve requested, here’s what you need to know as you allow what you’ve learned to influence your hiring decisions: The EEOC Again, regardless of the source of the information, federal law prohibits you from using the information to discriminate. As a rule of thumb you…

What Employers Need to Know About Conducting Background Checks – Part 2

Employer and Candidate Rights An employer has every right to require that their candidates undergo a background check, to ask direct questions about their qualifications in the interview process, and to make hiring decisions based on the information that they find. But they must do so while complying with certain federal, state, and municipal laws that…