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When you receive the Consumer Report from your background screening company, also called a consumer reporting agency (CRA), do you know what your next step is legally if you don’t plan to hire the applicant? Look no further than the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for guidance on this issue. The FCRA regulates the collection, distribution and use of consumer information, which includes Consumer Reports, also known as employment background checks. Background checks can contain information from a variety of sources, including credit reports, employment verifications and criminal record searches. Employers know the importance of following the requirements...
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I am new to the HR field and I was wondering what can be said about a former employee if a hiring manager from another company contacts me? More specifically, if an employee was discharged because of failing a drug test. Is that information confidential to a hiring manager? I am in Michigan if that helps with a more concrete answer. Thank you!
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I am doing my senior project on intergenerational miscommunication and how to implement a resolution leading to a more efficient and cohesive workforce. Please help me in filling out this short survey on the matter. Also, if you have participated in any detailed programs relating to this issue, please share as I would love to hear about it. Here is a link to the survey: Communication Between Different Aged Employees Thank you kindly. Katie Hauser
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A Communications Audit is a systematic research method, which will identify the strengths and weaknesses of your current internal and external communications. When performing a communications audit, what communications have been the most effective? How well is the current Communications Plan working? What would make your communications more effective in the future?
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When a company struggles financially, we often see a change at the helm. A new CEO is brought in to take a different approach. This new CEO frequently has a reputation of being a “turn-around guy” or a “hatchet man” (or woman). Once the direction of the company has been corrected, have you noticed that the “hatchet man” is usually replaced? That’s because the skills required to turn a company around are not the same skills needed to “maintain direction.” It’s the same in the world of HR Analytics (HRA) and Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP). Leaders are brought in to “build these functions from nothing.” These leaders are people who thrive on challenge...
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Capability Audit

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Companies that use capabilities audits enhance their ability to execute strategy and generate powerful results. How does one determine which department to audit if an organization has several departments? Are surveys used to gather data on current and desired capability performance?
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I am currenly a gradate student with NECB and am enrolled in Strategic Human Resource Managment. The one paradox that I am reviewing further is the business and people, it is important to earn personal credibility with people and at the same time take an active position on business performance. I feel from a human resource standpoint, that there must be accountability if there will be respect. Once the respect factor is in play, then the credibility factor will follow.
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I am currently a MBA student enrolled in a course called Strategic Human Resources. Presently, we are discussing the six paradoxes faced by HR. For me the most valuable of the six is the Outside/Inside paradox. From my understanding, the Outside Inside paradox consist of incorporating external trends into the organizations current business models and making them internal HR practices. I was hoping someone could provide a deeper insight as to how which external trends are determine that will coexist within the organizations current business model?
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Developing and Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace By: Jen Plummer, PHR Jen.plummer@loyalhannagroup.com October 30, 2015 This week I wrapped up random substance abuse testing for some of the companies I manage, and happily can say everyone passed. We live in a society where drug and alcohol abuse are on the rise. With that being said, these companies not only talk-the-talk when they say they are a drug-free workplace, but they walk-the-walk. Why is this important? Having a drug-free workplace is important for the well-being of your employees and the people in their lives. Employees should be confident that they can rely and...
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Some things just go together; Mulder & Scully, peanut butter & jelly, Hall & Oates… These mainstays seem to have always existed in the U.S. and we can’t imagine our lives without them. We don’t believe in that far away land from a time long ago in which Scully was a doctoral student who had no idea what an X-File was and America Online (AOL) was a stand alone company. We are in the post merger and acquisition era where companies like TimeWarner, DaimlerChrysler, ExxonMobil are household names. Why do organizations merge with or acquire other companies? To grow, gain marketshare, eliminate competition, diversify their offerings. As long as there...
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Hiring for the holidays

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Holiday Hiring in Ohio: Filling Jobs to Finish Strong in 2015 The fourth quarter is barely upon us and Ohio's employers are already scrambling to fill their holiday and year-end openings. If you think "scrambling" sounds a little dramatic, think again. The state's labor pool is getting smaller , and manufacturers and retailers are looking to fill more openings than in recent years. This is no reason to lower hiring standards, of course, but it serves as notice to hiring managers that competition for the best workers will be tougher this year. In other words, if you still have openings to fill for Q4 2015, it's time to...
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Does anyone have any suggestions of training topics that can be done in an hour with mid-level managers?
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On September 24, 2015, the Department of State issued an update that supersedes the previously released October Visa Bulletin. By moving many filing dates back, the update radically changed the recently announced benefit offered by a revised procedure for determining immigrant visa availability and filing adjustment of status applications. The revised process allows foreign nationals who have immigrant visa petitions based on family or employment to file adjustment of status applications once their priority dates are listed on a separate chart on the monthly Visa Bulletin, "Dates for Filing Applications." In the prior version of the October Visa Bulletin,...
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It’s fair to say that most people have experienced some degree of financial strain at one time or another in their lives. Maybe it’s a late or missed student loan or credit card payment, or a large unexpected medical bill or loss of a job resulting in bankruptcy. Many individuals have flaws, as well as some level of financial indebtedness that would be reflected in their credit history when an employer receives a credit report on an applicant during the employment background screening process . So, should an applicant’s negative marks on their credit report affect their chances for employment? Is an applicant’s credit history relevant to his or her...
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How do you put into action the SHRM competencies--the foundational competencies SHRM has identified as core to HR professionals' success? Let us know in the comments below how these competencies play out in real life in your workplaces: 1. Business Acumen 2. Communication 3. Consultation 4. Critical Evaluation 5. Ethical Practice 6. Global & Cultural Effectiveness 7. Leadership & Navigation 8. Relationship Management We are gathering information for upcoming articles and profiles. Please let us know your thoughts! Thanks for your time. http://www.shrm.org/hrcompetencies/pages/default.aspx
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If a company posts a job with the education requirements of a bachelors degree and x-x years relevant experience or equivalent education and experience and then decides after interviewing folks that they only want candidates with a bachelors degree (required), do they have to remove the posting and re-post with the correct educational requirements?
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Meaningful Connection

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What does the term "meaningful connection" mean to you? Tell us at leadershipandmore@gmail .com and we will post it on our website www.leadership-and-more.com
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At SAS, It’s Far More Than Just Generous Perks It’s long been debated whether "happy" workers are indeed more engaged and productive than their discontented comrades, and whether organizations that invest in generous employee perks get rewarded with greater profitability. Looking at one example, SAS's performance over the past 37 years, provides proof that investing in employees yields results. SAS, well known in North Carolina as a generous employer, has had 37 consecutive years of record earnings—over $3 billion in 2014. But dig well below the surface of generous perks and benefits that characterize SAS (and most other perennial "Best Companies To...
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I’ve noticed recently that the number of enquiries about Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) has gone up. In my experience, these enquiries rise as the economy and company financials fall. When times are good, extra revenue does a great job of hiding your workforce challenges and inefficiencies. When it comes to SWP, companies fall into two categories ... Click this link to read more: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/easy-button-strategic-workforce-planning-tracey-smith
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