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States are Changing Their Hiring Laws, are You Affected?

All across the U.S. there are civil rights activists fighting for employees who are being discriminated against during the hiring process. There are arguments about the use of criminal records and credit history before an applicant has been interviewed, and how much of an impact the information should have on the decision for employment. Some states have already approved new legislation limiting what employers may ask or research before hiring a new employee, while others are in the review process.

In order to protect your business, be sure to keep up with changes your state might be making that will require a change to your employment policy.

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Is Your Company’s Employment Application Going to Get You Sued?

There are a number of basic rights that every U.S. citizen is entitled to when they are seeking employment.  These include protection from being denied employment based on race, color, religion, gender, and national origin.  In addition to these there are gray areas such as age, familial status and sexual orientation which will likely be added with Federal protection at some point in time. What is clearly absent from these lists is language that protects citizens with criminal records from being denied employment.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) seeks to change this.

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Employee Marijuana Use: Companies Still Have a Say

Last year Colorado made national headlines for adopting a statewide policy allowing sales of marijuana to the general public without a medical necessity.  In June  2015, Colorado made headlines again setting precedence for employers who don’t condone employees having THC, the primary chemical found marijuana, in their system.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of an employer who had terminated an employee based on medical marijuana use during non-business hours.  The case took into account both the state’s legal standing on the drug as well as the plaintiff’s medical requirements and still sided in favor of the employer. 

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Could Your Dress Code for Leasing Agents be Discriminatory?

leasing agent dress codeLawsuits and media attention over applicants who were discriminated against are becoming more frequent and some companies are finding themselves in hot water. There are several areas receiving more attention such as sexual orientation and lifestyle, and it may be time for your company to conduct a policy language “check-up”.

It is important to remove any personal biases that could potentially interfere with the hiring process. The popular clothing chain, Abercrombie and Fitch experienced the consequences of failing to adhere to the law.

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CIC Exhibits Resident and Employment Screening Solutions at the NAA Conference in Vegas

CIC, the nation’s leading provider of resident and employment screening solutions, is pleased to announce participation at this year’s National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference & Exposition, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, June 24-27.  CIC empowers organizations to hire and lease with confidence.

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CIC Launches New Employment Screening Platform and Enhanced Background Products

CIC Logo_Power of DecContemporary Information Corp. (CIC), the nation’s most reputable provider of background screening to the multifamily housing industry, is pleased to announce the recent launch of a new web-based employment screening platform and upgraded packages. This new platform offers bundled services at a cost savings and al a carte options to ensure clients hire the best candidate for any position within the organization.

Through a clean, simple web-based interface, organizations can order background reports 24/7 and view all online orders, both in-process and archived. With the ability to easily manage user permission levels, the screening platform gives you control, security and privacy within the organization.

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Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know

When someone mentions the FTC, the EEOC, and the FCRA in the same sentence, it may sound like a ladle of alphabet soup.  What’s really being served up is a new joint publication by the Federal Trade Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that talks about how the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the mandate to comply with anti-discrimination laws intersect when employers use background checks in personnel decisions.

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