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Keeping up with Ban-the-Box Laws

27 April 2021

Keeping up with Ban-the-Box Laws

Author: Susan Chance

Back in September of 2018, then Governor Rick Snyder enacted a ban-the-box law that removed questions about criminal history from Michigan’s employment application, and he encouraged private employers to do the same. This came after he signed a bill in March of the same year limiting the ability of city and county governments to enact ban-the-box laws when it comes to private employers. Indiana enacted a similar law the year before.

Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State – Part 3

6 April 2021

Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State – Part 3

Author: Susan Chance

This is the last installment in the list of locations which have laws restricting the use of credit checks in employment decisions. Keep in mind that laws are constantly changing, and new laws can be enacted at any time.

Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State – Part 2

16 March 2021

Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State – Part 2

Author: Susan Chance

In my last article, Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State, I provided information on some of the states that prohibit credit checks for employment purposes unless certain exceptions apply. There are additional states with similar laws, and here is the information on some of the remaining states.
Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State

23 February 2021

Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State

Author: Susan Chance

Most employers are at least somewhat familiar with the restrictions placed on employment credit checks by California and New York City, but there are additional states and cities with restrictions on employment checks.

A Checklist for Performing Background Checks

2 February 2021

A Checklist for Performing Background Checks

Author: Susan Chance

When requesting a background check it is important to provide complete and accurate information to your screening company to get the most accurate and timely report possible. Following is a general list of information needed to complete checks:

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Background Forms and Processes Housekeeping in the New Year

12 January 2021

Background Forms and Processes Housekeeping in the New Year

Author: Susan Chance

We are about two weeks into the new year, and if you have not already, this is a great time to do some housekeeping regarding your background forms and processes.

When Employees Become Managers and Lose Friends

8 December 2020

When Employees Become Managers and Lose Friends

Author: Susan Chance

One of the biggest issues for newly minted supervisors and managers is that their buddies now report to them.  So how does one go from buddy to supervisor?  It’s common for many new supervisors or managers to forget their role and ignore the performance issues.  They don’t want to rock the boat and want to keep their personal friendships.

Drug Use Has Increased During the Pandemic

17 November 2020

Drug Use Has Increased During the Pandemic

Author: Susan Chance

This has been a challenging year to say the least. COVID has drastically changed our lives both at home and work. Human resources professionals have had to pivot on a dime many times over the past nine months. One of those areas is in drug testing.

Parties Come Together to Create the Clean Slate Law in Michigan

27 October 2020

Parties Come Together to Create the Clean Slate Law in Michigan

Author: Susan Chance

For several years now there has been a contentious divide between the Republican and Democratic parties, so much so that it seems that if one party says up the other party will say down just for spite. However, here in Michigan, at least on one subject, the parties managed to see past politics to give bipartisan support for a bill that will have a positive impact on the State of Michigan and many of its residents. House Bill 4980 was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on October 13, 2020.
The Importance of Having a Reasonable Suspicion Policy

15 September 2020

The Importance of Having a Reasonable Suspicion Policy

Author: Susan Chance

Reasonable suspicion drug testing can be a challenge for employers, especially with so many states making recreational marijuana legal. Whether you have a current drug testing program or if you are new to drug testing, make sure that you have a clear, documented policy on your drug testing program that includes reasonable suspicion procedures. If you are subject to federally regulated drug testing, make sure you follow the steps as required by the federal agency under which you are covered.
The Complexities of Background Checking

25 August 2020

The Complexities of Background Checking

Author: Susan Chance

There has been a lot of press in the last few years about the steps employers must follow before obtaining a background check on an employee or applicant. While there is no doubt that it is very important for employers to obtain completed FCRA compliant Authorization and Disclosure forms, the employer obligations do not stop there.

New Ban the Box Laws

4 August 2020

New Ban the Box Laws

Author: Susan Chance

While most of the world has been wrapped up on all things COVID related, there is still work going on regarding background check laws. From December 2019 until as recently as July 1, 2020, new ban the box laws have been enacted.

Background Checks Aren’t Just for New Employees – Keep Your Workplace Safe with Ongoing Screening

14 July 2020

Background Checks Aren’t Just for New Employees – Keep Your Workplace Safe with Ongoing Screening

Author: Susan Chance

Do you know what your employees have been up to during the four months of the stay-at-home order? If you are watching the news, you know that a lot of people have been up to protesting, sharing their views on wearing masks, and sharing political views.

Be Aware of State Laws Surrounding Criminal History Regarding Marijuana

23 June 2020

Be Aware of State Laws Surrounding Criminal History Regarding Marijuana

Author: Susan Chance

Marijuana is still an illegal substance at the federal level. However, at the state level there are only eight states that have not made marijuana use legal to some degree. The biggest majority of states have legalized marijuana at the medical use level. There are 11 states which have decriminalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use. This can affect past criminal records.

Refresher on Credit Report Regulations

2 June 2020

Refresher on Credit Report Regulations

Author: Susan Chance

You have run a credit check on an applicant or employee, and the report came back with negative information. Because of the information included in the credit report you have decided that you do not want to move ahead with the applicant, or in the case of the employee, keep them on staff. So, can you just rescind the offer to the applicant or let the employee go? The answer is no.

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