‘Recruiting Daily’ Recognizes TAM Co-Founder, Edna Nakamoto

rosieEdna Nakamoto, CEO and co-founder of The Applicant Manager (TAM), was recently named by Recruiting Daily as “One of 300 Women in HR Technology Worth Watching”.

TAM, started in 2011 by Edna and her co-founder Jim Garrison, is an applicant tracking system that was born out of a recruiting need recognized through Edna’s work as a human resources consultant. Prior to venturing out on her own, Edna spent over twenty years serving in various human resources leadership roles. Continue reading

External Assessment Tools: Part Four of a Five Part Series on Recruiting

This is part four of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett
external-assessment-toolsIn part three of our series on recruiting, we discussed internal screening. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the assessment tools available to us when our search for talent takes us outside the organization.

With the average cost of recruiting, hiring, and training being $4,000, and the cost of turnover being $16,000 for entry level employees and $120,000 for mid-level associates, it’s easy to see why employers care so much about making the right hire the first time. When putting candidates through the assessment process, having the right tools is critical for employers. 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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