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Time-Outs: Can the Strategy Typically Used for Children Also Benefit Your Employees?

Ver la versión en español aquí We have a time-out circle in my house, and from time to time, my preschool-age son visits the circle. Time-outs separate him from whatever undesirable behavior or activity he is engaged in – such as whining, arguing about brushing his teeth or throwing his toys – and give him … Continue Reading

With Hiring on the Rise, Employers Should Review and Update Old Job Applications

Ver la versión en español aquí Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent, the lowest it’s been since July 2008, and employers added 248,000 new jobs to their payrolls. Given the uptick in hiring, it is a good time for employers to review their … Continue Reading

Does Data Mining Tip the Balance Against E-Verify?

Ver la versión en español aquí E-Verify is an online application that allows participating employers to verify electronically the employment eligibility of new hires.  It is jointly operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). To participate in E-Verify, an employer must sign a multi-page Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with … Continue Reading

Beginning January 1, 2013, Employers Must Use a New Summary of Consumer Rights to Comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is the federal law regulating, among other things, background checks that employers conduct on applicants for employment and employees. Employers who use third parties to provide background reports on employees or potential employees know that they must make certain disclosures before taking any adverse action based in whole or … Continue Reading

Obama’s Proposed Jobs Bill Makes it Unlawful to Consider an Applicant’s Status as Unemployed

On September 8, 2011, President Obama presented to Congress the “American Jobs Act.”  Buried in the proposed bill is a section called the “Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011,” making it unlawful for employers with 15 or more employees and employment agencies to discriminate against job applicants based on their status as unemployed. If passed, the … Continue Reading

May Change Conforms Florida E-Verify to Federal Standard

On his first day in office as Florida’s governor, Rick Scott signed Executive Order 11-02, mandating that state agencies under the direction of the governor to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to verify the work authorization and identity of all current employees and new hires.  The Executive Order also required that all agencies under … Continue Reading

Changes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act Take Effect July 21

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the federal statute that places limits on an employer’s ability to use background checks on employees and potential hires, will soon add a new requirement.  Employers’ use of background checks, and credit history checks in particular, has come under scrutiny.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has pursued disparate impact … Continue Reading

Southern Hospitality Welcomes E-Verify: Tennessee and Alabama Governors Sign Laws Mandating Use of E-Verify

  Tennessee and Alabama joined the growing list of states requiring certain employers within the state to use E-Verify when hiring new workers.  The Alabama law broad implications for individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States.  Below, we will highlight the aspects of the statutes that impact employers doing business in Tennessee and … Continue Reading
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