Appeals Court Establishes Criteria by Which Employers “Willfully” Violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act

On January 20, 2017, in an opinion issued for Syed v. M-I, LLC, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers can “willfully” violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The criteria cited by the court was providing job applicants with a pre-employment background check disclosure that also includes a liability waiver for employers and others.…

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Sample Questions to Ask References, Part 4

Now we’re ready to really get into the nature of the candidate’s overall job performance!  Although these questions are obviously more subjective than objective, they’re critical to an understanding of actual job performance.  To not ask these questions would make reference checking a pointless exercise! “What do you think (first name of candidate) main strengths…

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Advantages of Reference Checking an Internal Candidate, Part 2

Here are some more advantages associated with doing a reference check on internal candidates: It will be much easier for people seeking the promotion or the reassignment to provide the names of appropriate people to serve as their references, since everyone involved with the process already understands why it’s being done. Offering promotions or reassignments…

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