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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…
Feb 08 2012
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Affirmative Action: Longshore company to pay $219,000 to settle hiring discrimination case

JacintoPort International LLC agreed to pay $219,000 in back wages and interest to 48 African-American and 21 Caucasian job applicants who were allegedly denied employment on the basis of their race. Read More…
Feb 06 2012

What obligation do we have to rehire someone who left for an injury?

Q: We had an employee quit his job a few years ago due to a medical condition. He has now reapplied, but we’re concerned about his physical ability to do the job. What options do we have?

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Jan 18 2012

ADA may require exceptions to minimum education standards

In an informal discussion letter, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently advised that employers may need to make an exception to their minimum education requirements if an applicant was unable to obtain a degree due to a disability. Read More…
Dec 16 2011

CALIFORNIA: Notice for new hires effective January 1, 2012

Just a reminder: As of January 1, 2012, California employers must notify new hires of a laundry list of information about their job and the company. For current employees, if any of these items change (for example, due to a promotion), you must give written notice. The Labor Commissioner had…

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Dec 02 2011

New tax incentives for hiring unemployed veterans

President Obama recently signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which offers employers a new incentive for hiring unemployed veterans. Read More…