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Oct 17 2013
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Bank ordered to pay over $2 million to rejected applicants

OFCCP announced that Bank of America has been ordered by an administrative law judge to pay $2,181,593 in back wages and interest to disappointed African American job applicants.

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Oct 02 2013
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Understand what deadlines apply to new rules on veterans and disabilities

Employers with federal contracts or subcontracts need to understand their deadlines for coming into compliance with new affirmative action rules for veterans and people with disabilities.

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Sep 10 2013

Can I ask job applicants if they smoke?

Q: With the government confirming that smokers cost $4,000 more a year in health care costs, can I ask an applicant “Do you smoke?”

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Jul 11 2013

Employee SSN not essential at the time of hire

Q: Can we hire an individual who says he has applied for, but not yet received, a Social Security number?

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Jul 01 2013

OREGON: Driver cards for illegal immigrants may throw a wrench in your I-9 process

Individuals who cannot provide documentation that they’re authorized to be in this country can now obtain an Oregon Driver’s Card, pursuant to a bill that was recently signed into law (SB 833).

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May 29 2013

Some laminated Social Security cards okay for Form I-9

Q: May I accept a laminated Social Security card as a List C document to establish employment authorization for Form I-9 purposes?

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May 07 2013

Background checking? Don’t forget FCRA notices

If you run third-party background checks on applicants or employees, such as checking whether they have any criminal convictions, be sure you comply with hiring laws and the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

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May 04 2012

EEOC cautions employers on use of criminal history in employment decisions

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued updated guidance for employers on the use of an applicant’s criminal history, including arrests and convictions, when making employment decisions.

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Apr 06 2012

There’s a right way and wrong way to review applicants’ Facebook pages

Recent news articles about job applicants being asked to give their Facebook user names and passwords to HR for background screening have sparked a public outcry. Read More…
Mar 06 2012

EEOC clarifies stance on use of high school diploma as job requirement

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has received a great deal of commentary on an informal discussion letter they issued several months ago, which discussed possible discrimination issues involved with requiring a high school diploma as a job requirement. Read More…