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HR Services: Tips for Avoiding Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

Posted by Nannette Madera, PHR on May 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In a competitive job market, it can be tempting to swoop up talented employees quickly, but failing to research a candidate’s background can result in what’s known as negligent hiring - and it can cost employers big. The costs of negligent hiring could come in the form of lawsuits, employee injuries or stolen money, not to mention the mark it could leave on an employer’s reputation. 

Research shows that more than half of those who apply for jobs include false information on their applications or resumes. Although some of those details may not harm the business, completing thorough research during the recruitment process is key to avoiding negligent hiring claims. Overall, states recognize negligent hiring as damaging to a business, its employees and its customers.

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Topics: HR policies

The Americans with Disabilities Act Definition for Employers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Navigating employment law can be a challenge for many employers, but compliance with laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is critical to avoiding legal woes. Many employers aren’t sure what these federal laws entail or whether they apply to their business, so we’re going to break down what you need to know, starting with the Americans with Disabilities Act definition.

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Topics: HR policies

What is a Pre-Employment Background Check?

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A pre-employment background check is a step in the hiring process that a company uses to verify that a job candidate is who they claim to be. It also provides an opportunity for that person's criminal record, education, employment history and more to be reviewed. This is an important step that should not be overlooked during the hiring process after reviewing resumes, interviewing potential candidates and nailing down your list of finalists.

EEOC: What Employers Need to Know About Pre Employment Background Checks

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Topics: Hiring Employees, HR policies

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 2

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to defending a workplace lawsuit, strong written policies with signed acknowledgements from your employees will go a long way. Another important element of being prepared is documenting employee problems and corrective actions. Even though it seems like common sense to fire an employee who repeatedly performs badly, you shouldn’t get too comfortable with “at will” employment. The doctrine (in most states) dictates an employer or employee can terminate employment at any time, with or without notice and with or without cause. If you follow this practice, you don’t even need a reason to let someone go, let alone documentation, but it won’t sit well with a judge and jury.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 1

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jun 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you’ve been in business any amount of time, you likely already know there’s nothing employers can necessarily do avoid lawsuits. In fact, you can do everything right and still get sued, so the goal to preventing workplace lawsuits from putting you out of business, is your ability to defend one, should you need to. Any time employers are required to defend themselves against allegations of wrongful conduct it costs money. However, the strength of your company’s HR practices can be the difference between a few thousand-dollars and a million.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

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