The Applicant Manager Announces Partnership with Verified First

The Applicant Manager Streamlines Hiring Through Partnership With Verified First
In-house screening tools will improve efficiency of hiring process

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Verified First, the premier background and drug screening company in North America, announced that their screening tools are available through integration with The Application Manager (TAM), a customizable, cloud-based applicant tracking system. As the premier pre-employment screening provider, Verified First brings a wide variety of background verification services to companies who utilize TAM’s system. The SaaS applications offered by Verified First and TAM are integrated via a patent-pending technology developed by Verified First. Continue reading

New Marijuana Laws Mean Updates to Drug and Alcohol Policies

marijuana-lawsThe nation is undergoing some major changes right now, and not just politically. Not only did voters have to choose a new President, but many states also voted on whether or not to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.

On November 8th, five states voted “yes” or “no” to recreational cannabis. The states who have recently joined Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon, where it was already legal, are California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Arizona was the only state with this topic on their ballots that for now voted “no”. Continue reading

6 Must Follow Steps for Compliant Background Checks

background checks TAM and GoodHire recently joined forces to present a webinar on background checks. They discussed the FCRA requirements that result in the most claims and how to comply, the role and requirements of the EEOC, when and how to use employment credit checks and drug screening, and how ban-the-box laws affect background checks.

In addition to reviewing relevant state laws and consulting with legal counsel, here are six must follow steps to create compliant employment screening policies for your business.

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3 Important Questions to Ask About Employment Credit Reports

CreditWhen New York City passed the nation’s most severe restrictions on employment credit reports in 2015, it joined 11 states and several other cities that limit the practice. Similar legislation is pending in 17 other states and at the federal level.

Even in places that have passed bans, though, exemptions exist. That’s because, despite the controversy, employment credit checks play an important – and in some cases required – role in due diligence around hiring.

The Controversy
A 2012 survey from the Society of Human Resource Management found that 45% of employers run employment credit reports to reduce or prevent theft, while 22% run them to reduce legal liability for negligent hiring.

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Guest Post: The One Big Reason Drug Screening Still Matters

Gwynne Monahan, best known by her Twitter handle @econwriter5, is a senior content writer at Inflection and GoodHire. In the following guest post, Gwynne discusses why drug screening is still relevant.

The One Big Reason Drug Screening Still Matters

One only need to look at Colorado to see the financial windfall states can receive by legalizing recreational marijuana. In its fiscal year post-legalization, it cleared almost $70 million in tax revenue. That was more than the tax revenue from alcohol sales. It’s surprising more states haven’t followed suit, but there’s another side to the story. What happens to pre-employment drug screening, or random drug tests on the job?

While I’d prefer the legalization of recreational marijuana over, say, taxing my Netflix usage, the question gives me pause. Technically speaking, marijuana is an illegal substance.
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What Employers Should Know When Drug Screening Applicants

Did you know that the percentage of US employees testing positive for drugs has increased over the past 2 years? This includes an increase in usage across nearly all workforce categories and drug test specimen types, according to Quest Diagnostics. Drug screening is an effective way to screen out applicants with drug abuse problems. Most private employers can decide whether to test for drug use at their own discretion. However, there are some exceptions. The federal government does regulate safety-sensitive industries. For example, companies hiring drivers have to follow drug testing regulations put in place by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Is your organization required to drug screen applicants? Are you contemplating incorporating this step into your recruiting and hiring process? We’re shedding some light on why employers drug screen and are providing some tips to follow when screening applicants. Looking for more information? Sign up for our upcoming drug screening and background checking webinar HERE.
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