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New Supreme Court Decision Good News for Employers

24 August 2021

New Supreme Court Decision Good News for Employers

Author: Susan Chance

There is some good news for employers regarding credit checks. In a recent lawsuit, TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez (No. 20-297), the Supreme Court reversed a $40 million class action judgement that was awarded to the class members at the circuit court level. The jury of the circuit court trial awarded $1,000 in statutory damages and another $6,300 in punitive damages to each class member. The punitive damages were reduced by half in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before the case proceeded to...
Pandemic Brain Fog? Try Learning Something New

10 August 2021

Pandemic Brain Fog? Try Learning Something New

Author: Susan Chance

Are you experiencing pandemic brain fog? This may sound funny, but the isolation of the pandemic lock down has a large number of people experiencing memory loss. In fact, research by Catherine Loveday, a cognitive neuroscience professor at the University of Westminster showed that up to 50% of people are having memory issues with things such as trying to remember words when talking.

 

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Avoiding Risk in Background Screening

20 July 2021

Avoiding Risk in Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

Is avoiding risk in background screening worth having someone on staff just to help with beefing up your company’s background checking practices? One publication suggests just that. It has been my experience that most people working with backgrounds are wearing many hats, and especially with all of the events of the last 16 months or so, employers have been in a race to keep up with all of the changes to their practices just in regard to the COVID pandemic. Given the time and attention...
Redaction of Birth Dates Expected to Cause Issues

29 June 2021

Redaction of Birth Dates Expected to Cause Issues

Author: Susan Chance

A Michigan Supreme Court decision will make it difficult for employers to run background checks on applicants effective July 1, 2021. The court has ordered that birthdates and other personal information are to be redacted for court records.  

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Marijuana – Should Employers Still Test for It?

8 June 2021

Marijuana – Should Employers Still Test for It?

Author: Susan Chance

Even though 56% of Michigan voters approved the recreational use of marijuana on November 6, 2018, and it became legal on December 6, 2018, it seems that it is only recently that more and more employers are rethinking their drug screening policies. This is in large part due to the problem of finding employees, and especially in finding employees who will not test positive for the substance.
Illinois Bars the Use of Conviction Records

18 May 2021

Illinois Bars the Use of Conviction Records

Author: Susan Chance

The Illinois Human Rights Act recently had some changes when Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1480 on March 23. It is now a civil rights violation “for any employer, employment agency, or labor organization to use a conviction record as a basis to refuse to hire, to segregate, or to act with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges, or conditions of...
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.
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