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New Amendment to the FCRA Offers Protection for Employers Who Conduct Background Checks

Background checks are a crucial part of the recruitment process. A thorough background check provides an employer with the assurance that he will not face unnecessary costs in the future, either in terms of additional recruitment and training costs or costs relating to an expensive lawsuit for criminal or negligent activity by an employee. The practice of conducting criminal background checks is threatened by complaints from individuals who are more concerned with individual rights to privacy and who are filing lawsuits against employers, consumer reporting agencies, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Congress enacted the Federal Credit and Regulatory Read More

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Can My Tattoo Reduce My Chances of Being Hired?

Bad news for body art lovers. Many states are ‘employment at will’ states which means they can refuse to hire you for any reason or no reason at all. Anti-discrimination and whistle-blower laws do not include tattoos or piercings. This means a company can rightfully refuse to allow piercings and visible tattoos at work unless their ban discriminates against you based on your race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Put simply, employers can consider visible tattoo and body piercings when deciding who to hire. The dress code is part of the office environment and culture. All employees are expected to conform