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Dress Appropriately: How GM's Dress Code Helped Change Its Entire Culture

on May 23, 2018 3:35:00 PM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Human resources
When she was first hired as CEO of General Motors in 2009, Mary Barra decided to take on small projects in an attempt to change the company's culture at foundation level. One of her first proposed changes? The company's dress code.
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When do employee background checks cross the line?

on May 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
Employers have become well-attuned to the importance of selecting job candidates that are qualified and will fit well with the organization’s culture.  Prior to extending an offer of employment to a viable candidate, best practices in conducting a background check are to use a variety of methods to assess skills, verify professional experience, and to check in with a candidate’s references.
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What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

on May 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
First enacted in 1970, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a piece of legislation regulating the collection, sharing, and use of personal credit information. It protects consumers from misuse of their credit information and enables them to access and (if necessary) correct information about their credit history.
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Keeping your employee background checks in compliance with the EEOC

on May 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
  Background checks are a critical part of hiring, but good employers understand that they are meant to be used responsibly. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission exists to ensure that discriminatory practices in employment are rooted out, providing guidelines for how information about potential and current employees can be used in a way that is fair and appropriate.
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The regulations around employee background checks

on May 16, 2018 4:38:00 PM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
Of course, you want to know as much as possible about your new hires. Are they competent and trustworthy? Do they have terrible credit scores as a result of years of personal financial mismanagement? Have they done time in prison, and for what? There are many things you want to know, but the details you uncover — and the way you uncover them — are subject to stringent federal rules. Familiarize yourself with these rules before you start digging.
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Best practices for running background checks on employees

on May 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
  Running background checks on employees can have many benefits: it can keep applicants honest about their work history and educational background, it can reveal patterns of behavior, and it can uncover individuals who, for licensing or regulatory reasons, are not eligible to hold a certain position.
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4 things to know if you're considering running background checks on potential employees

on May 15, 2018 10:24:51 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
A background check on potential employees sounds like a great investment. And in many cases, it is. But what are you really looking for, and what kind of action can you take based on the results? Many employers want to acquire this information, but few know what to do with it and what their employees' legal rights are in relation to it. Here are four truths about background checks that you need to know before you make a costly mistake.
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The benefits of running background checks on potential employees

on May 15, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
  Background checks can be a boon to businesses of all sizes, but if doing them isn’t yet a part of  your company culture, the idea might feel foreign. After all, why add on an extra process to a system that’s been working just fine?
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New Sexual Harassment Laws to Take Effect in New York State

on May 14, 2018 10:45:20 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
New York State's  2019 budget includes a host of new provisions aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.  
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How to retract a job offer following a background check result

on May 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
Background checks are a fairly standard process, and if you’ve been diligent in your interviews and reference checks, most should come back without major surprises. Still, the need for background checking comes into focus most clearly when this isn’t the case.
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