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Background Checks – Arrests vs Convictions

When making personnel decisions -- including hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment -- employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees. Except for certain restrictions related to medical and genetic information, it is not illegal for an employer to ask questions about an applicants or employees background, or to require a background check. [...]

By | October 20th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Civil Rights “Green Factors” – Stay Compliant

Businessman touching virtual social network The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This Enforcement Guidance is issued as part of the Commission's efforts to eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment screening, for hiring or [...]

By | October 6th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Civil Rights “Green Factors” – Stay Compliant

Revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a revised Federal Drug Testing and Custody Control Form (CCF). This guidance document discusses changes to the revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF), which was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 17, 2020.  The revised CCF can be viewed here. How will [...]

By | September 15th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

What Employers Need to Know about ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and COVID-19

Title I of the ADA applies to private employers with 15 or more employees. It also applies to state and local government employers, employment agencies, and labor unions. All nondiscrimination standards under Title I of the ADA also apply to federal agencies under Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. During a pandemic, ADA-covered employers may [...]

By | September 8th, 2020|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on What Employers Need to Know about ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and COVID-19

Employers Who Perform Background Screens See Many Benefits

Beyond the many negative reasons to screen potential employees, employers with comprehensive background screening programs also reap many benefits. Compliance with federal requirements Federal agencies, such as the Department of Transportation (DOT), oversees drug and alcohol testing programs on mandated employees. It’s important to know what regulations govern a particular industry. For example, the DOT [...]

By | August 25th, 2020|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on Employers Who Perform Background Screens See Many Benefits

Know Your Hire

Hiring can be a long, drawn-out and even tedious task. Often, by the time a suitable candidate is found, the hiring manager is ready to close the book on that particular position. However, it is always worth the extra effort to run a background check on your potential hires. Here is a list of reasons [...]

By | August 11th, 2020|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on Know Your Hire

COVID-19 Testing for Businesses

As businesses are trying to return to the new normal and bring employees back into the workplace, some things may look different. Covid-19 testing organized and sponsored by employers to confirm that workers are either not infected with or are immune to COVID-19 may be the most effective tool to gradually relax social distancing measures [...]

By | July 28th, 2020|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on COVID-19 Testing for Businesses

Ban the Box Passed in Suffolk County, NY

The Ban the Box movement continues to expand throughout the country. Suffolk County, NY voted to join the Ban the Box movement beginning August 25th of 2020. This legislature will prohibit employers located within Suffolk County with 15 or more employees from inquiring about applicants’ prior criminal convictions during the application process. The law broadly [...]

By | July 14th, 2020|Employer Resources|Comments Off on Ban the Box Passed in Suffolk County, NY

Happy 4th of July!

From all of us at Essential Screens, have a safe and happy 4th of July!

By | July 2nd, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Happy 4th of July!

NYC Bans Marijuana and THC Job Applicant Testing

Due to the recent passing of a bill by the New York City Council, most employers in New York City will no longer be able test job applicants for marijuana and THC use. This law impacts employers, employment agencies and labor organizations. This will affect public and private employers in the city, including any company [...]

By | June 23rd, 2020|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on NYC Bans Marijuana and THC Job Applicant Testing
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