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27

Nov

2018

CBD Oil – How it Differs from Marijuana

Author: Susan Chance

As more and more states make marijuana legal, for medical or recreational purposes, or both, more questions will be raised as employers try to deal with the changing laws. One area of particular concern is drug screening.  Questions have been raised around CBD oil and how it differs from marijuana, specifically in a drug screen.

6

Nov

2018

Marijuana is Legalized in Michigan - How Will it Affect Workplace Drug Testing?

Author: Susan Chance

The people of the State of Michigan passed Proposal 18-1, also known as Proposal 1 or Prop 1, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Below are answers to some of the questions employers may have around the legalization of marijuana and drug testing in the workplace.

16

Oct

2018

Using Criminal Checks in Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

More and more employers are using background screening as part of the employment process. This is important for protecting employees as well as the company. These days we see acts of violence happening in the work place far too often in the news. We also see more litigation against employers based not only on what they knew, but what they should have known, so it is logical that background screening is important.

25

Sep

2018

Senate Bill 2155 Amends the FCRA

Author: Susan Chance

Senate Bill 2155 was enacted to provide protections and improvements for consumers regarding financial transactions such as credit, mortgages, and student loans. This bill also changes the way some institutions such as banks and credit unions do business, and it amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), adding a new section, 605A(i). The FCRA governs background verifications, and there are some important changes that any employer running backgrounds through Credit Reporting Agencies must...

4

Sep

2018

The Value of Continuous Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

You run pre-employment background checks on your candidates, and those that pass your company policies for screening are hired. Education and employment information that has been verified won’t change, but criminal records, driving records, and credit reports can change. How do you know if your employees still meet the necessary criteria for their job? Many employers are moving to a continuous screening process to aid in risk management.

14

Aug

2018

Your Background Screening FAQ’s Answered

Author: Susan Chance

We have all been exposed to the belief that things come in threes, deaths, good things, bad things, etc. There is even a name for the superstition that things come in threes, Triaphilia. ASE gets repeated questions in many areas of background checking and drug screening, and the following outlines the most frequently asked questions.

24

Jul

2018

Credit Checks in Background Verifications – Do You Know the Rules?

Author: Susan Chance

Regulations regarding background checks are updated constantly. Changes regarding the use of criminal checks in hiring decisions are publicized every time a new state or city decides to enact legislation on this subject. The amount of press given to requirements on authorization forms has been growing the last couple of years as the number of lawsuits regarding this topic also grows. But what about the regulations regarding the use of credit checks in a background verification?

26

Jun

2018

Is Boredom Killing Your Employees?

Author: Susan Chance

Jobs that are repetitive are necessary, but can become boring, and even unhealthy for your employees. It may be a basic data entry position where a person sits and keys in information all day, every day. It could be a line job, where the person must repeat the same motions over and over again. Perhaps it’s an administrative job, where the employee formats documents all day. Whatever those tasks may be, it’s up to the employer to keep the employees engaged, and it is to the...

5

Jun

2018

Keep Your Workplace Drivers Safe

Author: Susan Chance

Did you know that except for December, the summer months are more dangerous than winter months for driving?  Many organizations have employees that drive as part of their job, so it’s important to keep them educated and safe on the road.

15

May

2018

Can You Rescind an Offer if a Background Check Finds Criminal Records?

Author: Susan Chance

You found an applicant for your open position, extended an offer, and received the results of the background verification. The report has items listed under the criminal or driving checks that you don’t like, so you decide to rescind the offer. That’s no problem because of the background check, right? Actually, that is very wrong and can put your company at risk for a lawsuit.

24

Apr

2018

Cocaine – The Next Drug Crisis?

Author: Susan Chance

Opioid addiction and related deaths are all over the news, along with all the rhetoric about marijuana, but those are not the only drugs out there which are becoming problems. Cocaine is making a comeback, and according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, cocaine is second only to opioids when it comes to drug related deaths.

3

Apr

2018

Myths Surrounding Background Checks

Author: Susan Chance

Never judge a book by its cover.   When it comes to selecting the best candidates to work for your company, going deeper than just face value should be a routine practice.  Yet, according to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey that outlines myths around background checks, not all companies or workers understand the process.

13

Mar

2018

Drug Testing Laws Vary by State

Author: Susan Chance

Drug testing laws vary from state to state, and sometimes from city to city. It seems almost every day something is in the news about marijuana laws, and those laws are not always as simple as medical vs. recreational marijuana. New legislation has been passed in several states in 2017, and if your company has offices in other states, it is critical that you know the laws for each of your locales. Following are some of the updates from 2017:

20

Feb

2018

Lack of Light Affects Work Performance

Author: Susan Chance

The days of winter are passing, but in a month with so much cold, snow, and grey days, it can feel like we are stuck in Groundhog Day, just like the character Phil from the movie. Phil’s prediction for the weather, “It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life” has February written all over it. Some workers may be feeling the effects of these cold, gray days in this final stretch of winter.

30

Jan

2018

Avoid Your Own HR Horror Story

Author: Susan Chance

While more and more companies are conducting background checks and drug screening, there are still many employers who don’t want to spend the money it takes to complete a thorough background check.  Penny wise, pound foolish is an old British saying that means to be extremely careful about small amounts of money and not careful enough about larger amounts of money.  Failing to complete a full background check on new employees may be a pound foolish decision especially when...

9

Jan

2018

Is a Holiday Hangover a Real Thing?

Author: Susan Chance

Here we are in the second week of January– many people had extended time off the last few weeks in December, so theoretically most people should be well rested. So why are so many of us tired at this time? 

12

Dec

2017

Are You Prepared for Drug Testing?

Author: Susan Chance

Drug testing is an important step in the hiring process, and in many cases, in continuing employment. The more you know about the testing process and requirements, the better prepared you are to administer the process for your company. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So what should you be prepared for? 

21

Nov

2017

Who Could be Living Your Life?

Author: Susan Chance

On the TV show “Friends,” the character Monica Geller was the victim of a credit card thief. When she received her statement from the credit card company she commented, “She's living my life, and she's doing it better than me! Look at this, look. She buys tickets for plays that I wanna see. She, she buys clothes from stores that I'm intimidated by the sales people. She spent three hundred dollars on art supplies.”

31

Oct

2017

An Ounce of Prevention

Author: Susan Chance

Why should I run background checks on my applicants? What do other employers check on backgrounds? These are questions that I get quite often from our customers. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin.

10

Oct

2017

Are You a Smart Consumer?

Author: Susan Chance

As Rick Steves says, “Smart consumers should know what all the options are.” When it comes to criminal background checks there are several options for the type of checks that can be completed as part of a background screen, and the combinations make that number even higher. So what checks should you run? 

19

Sep

2017

Take Care of Yourself by Helping to Take Care of Others

Author: Susan Chance

Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Happiness springs from doing good and helping others,” and recent studies have shown that he was right. When you volunteer, you improve your health.  And if you volunteer with others, you improve your relationships. 

29

Aug

2017

First, Do No Harm

Author: Susan Chance

Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath in an important step to becoming a doctor. One of the most well-known premises of that oath is, “first, do no harm.” That is a good oath for any profession and is certainly something to be considered in background screening.

1

Aug

2017

Biometrics – Is Life Imitating Art?

Author: Susan Chance

Biometrics have long been used in science fiction on television and in the movies. Back in 1966 Star Trek started using voice id, then moved on to retina scans, basic vitals, and face recognition.  The Starship Enterprise was not alone. Other famous sci-fi adventures such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Back to the Future 2, Robo Cop, and I Robot – to name a few – have also used biometrics for their characters to gain access to secure places and information.  Life has begun...

11

Jul

2017

Beware of False Knowledge

Author: Susan Chance

You have spent time and resources looking for just the right candidate for your open position. You finally found the person you want to hire, but there is still the background process to go through. You get the final report.  Something came up on your applicant’s background check, now what? As stated by George Bernard Shaw, “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” What does the warning from Mr. Shaw have to do with the background report? An item...

13

Jun

2017

Do Ban-the-Box Laws Work as Intended?

Author: Susan Chance

Ban-the-Box laws were instituted with the idea that by delaying the point in the hiring process in which an employer can ask an applicant about conviction history, the applicants would have a fair chance at gaining employment, but do the laws work? 

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