I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that I’m a proud cynic.
The definition of “cynic” varies slightly from dictionary to dictionary, but most say something along the lines of “distrustful or scornful of others’ motives.”
However, I think that’s a little harsh. I prefer to define my world view as a pragmatic recognition that most people most of the time will behave to further their self-interests. Read more…
Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and that means Black Friday, shopping online, and holiday music overload as we get ready for the big gift-giving season.
It’s hard to believe, but holiday hiring season is already well under way. If you hire holiday or other temporary workers, it’s important to hire ones that you can trust. Read more…
Is your company properly obtaining background check reports? Still confused about the EEOC’s criminal records guidance?
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- Designing a process to account for relevant risks and qualifications under Title VII.
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With over a year of debate and some last-minute amendments, the District of Columbia’s Council recently passed a ban-the-box law that includes its own unique list of considerations before an employer can withdraw an offer of employment based on criminal history.
The Council vote was 12-1; only Chairman Phil Mendelson voted against the bill.
In an interview, Mendelson said that he supports the “basic thrust” of the legislation but that late amendments were “troublesome,” giving ex-offenders greater rights in the hiring process than other citizens.
“This goes way beyond ‘ban the box’ and into telling businesses how to hire,” he said. “How much do we want to regulate how a business wants to hire somebody?” Read more…
Congress is showing signs of life in the constant fight for employers to conduct reasonable background checks.
Representative Tim Walberg, R, Mich., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, held the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s feet to the fire in a hearing on Sept. 17, 2014. The hearing focused on three recently introduced bills aimed to increase the accountability and transparency of the EEOC and to offer employers limited protections in the use of criminal history. Read more…
Cue the Western music….
A lot of employers are nervous about a new villain riding into town called “Ban the Box.” It refers a movement that has been successfully convincing legislators to force employers to remove the box on job applications that asks applicants the question “Have you been convicted of crime?”
There has been a real showdown between advocates and opponents of Ban the Box, oftentimes with employers caught in the middle.
So what are the pros and cons of Ban the Box, and how do organizations avoid having things turn ugly? Read more…
We all remember that feeling you get before the first day of school — nervous, excited, and very concerned over which outfit to wear. For new students, there is also the added pressure of finding your way around, meeting your teachers, and making friends.
The first day of school can be rough, but thankfully we’re all adults now and don’t have to go through that again. Or do we? The answer is yes.
Onboarding at a new job is the adult equivalent of the first day of school, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for us grown-ups. Read more…
Question: What do you get when you combine “ban the box” compliance with utterly idiotic hiring practices? (I know I’m supposed to be diplomatic but no can do in this instance.)
Answer: Ask the city of Austin, Texas, who hired a six-time convict to work in their public library — and who just plead guilty to attempted indecency with a child.
Before we dig into the details, let me show you the resume (see: rap sheet) of said employee, Joe Heath, brought with him to the Austin Public library where he would come in regular contact with the public, including children. Read more…
This won’t be surprising to regular readers of this blog, but I am a firm believer in the importance of hiring people who personally reflect your organization’s core values.
Why? Because it makes it that much easier to embed your values into the way they work every day.
Of course, I’m not unique in my thinking. I’m sure many of you agree with the approach. Read more…
Ban the box has gone viral.
And while the removal of this little check box has potentially made life easier for job seekers with a criminal past, it has created much confusion and frustration for employers.
If you haven’t been in the loop, “ban the box” is the catchy phrase that refers to removal of the check box on a job application asking whether a candidate has been convicted of a crime. Ban the box shows no signs of slowing down, and it’s creating new headaches, not to mention real risks, for employers across the country. Read more…