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When Is Confidential Medical Information Not Confidential?

November 26, 2012
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While this case is a great holding for employers, businesses should still tread carefully when dealing with employee medical information. This area of the law remains risky waters in which companies swim.
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Recruiting Orientation Guide

October 1, 2012
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Background Screening Firms Face Increased Scrutiny

September 29, 2012
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In the wake of HireRight Solutions' $2.6 million penalty, background screening services are under greater scrutiny.
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Staggered Introduction of North Carolina E-Verify Compliance Dates Begins in October

September 13, 2012
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Under legislation approved by North Carolina's General Assembly last year and signed into law by Governor Beverly E. Perdue in June 2011, employers with between 100 and 500 employees have until Jan. 1, 2013, to comply with the law, while employers with between 24 and 100 employees have until July 1, 2013, to comply.
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Criminal Background Checks Remain on the EEOC's Radar

September 12, 2012
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If you are considering using arrest or conviction records to aid in your hiring decisions, do not do so without a reason connecting the offense to the job, and without the input of employment counsel versed on these issues.
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Unemployment (or Prior Lawsuits) as a Protected Class? Not so Fast Says the 6th Circuit

September 6, 2012
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While this case was decided under Michigan law, it has implications beyond that state. As the opinion points out, there exist no cases from any jurisdiction recognizing a failure to hire claim under state common law or public policy.
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SHRM Survey: Fewer Employers Conducting Credit, Criminal Checks of Job Applicants

July 25, 2012
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The survey also found that an applicant's negative credit information is not a barrier to hiring, with 80 percent of the respondents saying they hired an individual with a poor credit report.
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Do Background Checks Really Help Us Avoid Hiring a Problem Child?

June 19, 2012
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We are evaluating the benefits of background checks. Do they really work as advertised? —Call Me Skeptical, Director, Nonprofit, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Employers Could Unlike Outcome of Facebook Password Requests

June 6, 2012
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No court has specifically addressed the legality of a social media background check. 'Privacy is very much a floating concept,' one expert says.
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