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Do You Know Your State’s Marijuana Laws?

The rise of remote workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic has also renewed employer’s interests in drug testing. Namely – should you, and can you – drug screen your work from home (WFH) employees? And if so, what are the most reliable methods in this age of virtual work? These questions will likely steer […]

Do You Know Your State’s Marijuana Laws?

Knowing what screening solutions to use for hiring is an important part of talent acquisition. However, government at the federal and state levels is getting increasingly involved with pre-employment decisions about technology like Artificial Intelligence and laws involving drug testing and criminal history. The result, as the EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap presented by Jennifer Gladstone shows us, can be a confusing landscape for employers to follow while legislators make up their minds.

Screening News Weekly Wrap: February 21st, 2020

It's Valentine's Day! A day for love, lollipops, and loyalty. It's also the perfect time to remind you cheaters never win. Especially if you try to cheat your way into a job. Drug testing, employment eligibility verification, and even banning discussions about salary, are leveling the playing field for many job hopefuls. At first glance, some might argue these pre-employment safeguards are making it harder for candidates to land jobs. But if you look closely, these measures are beneficial to skilled workers and the companies who seek them. The EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap presented by Jennifer Gladstone shows us why.  

Screening News Weekly Wrap: February 14th, 2020

The first EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap presented by Jennifer Gladstone of 2020 is here! Stories about a federal Ban the Box law and the dangers of fabricating your resume anchor this week’s news, but Major League Baseball also makes an appearance by pitching a new drug policy. If these stories are any indication, this will be a busy year for policies and practices affecting the screening industry. Oh, and ICYMI, here are the top 5 background screening trends you told us were on your radars for 2020.

Screening News Weekly Wrap: January 10th, 2020
Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020

Topics like medical marijuana, Ban the Box, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are sure to grab a lot of headlines in 2020, but are they really the HR trends to which you need to pay attention? Not according to the data. We surveyed hundreds of HR professionals, recruiters, and generalists who use screening following the SHRM Annual Conference about what trends you’re watching in 2020. Here’s what’s on your radars.

Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020

The decision to implement background screening and drug testing into hiring policies is big. There are many factors – both internally and externally - that influence human resources departments in this decision. This week’s EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap presented by Jennifer Gladstone spans the globe and shows us why seemingly divergent industries like higher education and horse racing are embracing pre-employment screening and drug testing to create safer work environments. Please note there will be no Screening News Updates during the week of November 11th. We will be celebrating EBI's 25th anniversary with exciting announcements and events all week long. Join in the fun by visiting any of our social media pages. 

Screening News Weekly Wrap: November 8th, 2019
Growing Debate over Ban the Box

Ban the Box legislation has taken the nation by storm. In just a few years, laws to prohibit employers from asking questions about criminal history early in the application process have multiplied. There are now 24 states, more than 100 cities and even the federal government that have adopted some kind of Ban the Box statute. No one can say that these efforts are anything short of well-meaning. What could be better for society than to help those who have paid their debt get back on their feet and back into the workforce?

Growing Debate over Ban the Box
Philadelphia: When ‘Ban the Box’ Is ‘Outside the Box’

Most of us are familiar with “Ban the Box.” In its original form, ban the box laws and ordinances were created to remove the criminal history question, and its attendant Yes/No box, from employment applications. Although criminal history inquiry is permitted later in the selection process, the intent of ban the box is to ensure that applicants for employment are considered based on their knowledge, skills, and abilities rather than being automatically disqualified based on criminal history. Sometimes referred to as “Fair Chance Policies,” ban the box is designed to give applicants for employment exactly that – a fair chance for employment.

Philadelphia: When ‘Ban the Box’ Is ‘Outside the Box’
Executive Order Bans the Box

Earlier this week President Barack Obama announced an Executive Order to ‘Ban the Box’ for all federal employers.  More than 600,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each year. Under this Executive Order, the box asking if you have a criminal record must be removed from all federal job applications. Employers WILL be able to do background checks and ask questions regarding criminal history once the applicant has reached the interview stage of the process. See the president’s comments about Ban the Box here.

Executive Order Bans the Box

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