Archive for the Human Resources News and Interviews Category

Death of the Box: Why the Criminal History Question on Job Applications Is Heading Towards Extinction

The HR guy in me hates this trend and recognizes that it will waste employers’ and applicants’ time and effort. The owner of a background screening company in me recognizes that this trend means more background checks from our customers. Mitigating the insider threat is a critical […]

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Time for a Background Check on Ban the Box

MSNBC.com recently ran an article titled States push to provide ex-felons a second chance discussing efforts in cities and states around the country to assist former criminal offenders in finding jobs. The article starts out: Walter Fortson is a young man with impressive credentials: He graduated with honors from […]

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How Background Check Errors Lead to Litigation

Applying for a job is a high-stakes transaction, stressful to even the most qualified job applicant. That stress is multiplied when incorrect background check information mischaracterizes the applicant’s criminal history, which often leads to litigation. On Sunday, Crain’s New York Business published an article about the employment […]

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U.S. Seizes 14 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration Raids

More than a dozen 7-Eleven franchises took in more than $180 million in revenue by running a “modern-day plantation system,” prosecutors in New York charged on Monday, built on the unpaid labor of dozens of illegal immigrants hired using sham Social Security numbers. Federal authorities seized 14 […]

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New Podcast: Protecting Confidential Business Information

Last week, I interviewed A. Robert Fischer, a partner in Jackson Lewis’ Austin office, about the steps employers should take to protect their business’ confidential information. Rob will be speaking on this topic on  June 12th as part of the Austin Human Resource Management Association’s Workplace Law […]

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Slidecast: Working with Generation Y

Our latest slidecast for the Austin Human Resource Management Association deals with the impact the Millenials (Generation Y, the Net Generation) are having on the workforce and ways that employers are attracting their talent. Doug Douglas of Stark Talent will be speaking on this topic during AHRMA’s […]

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The 10 Commandments of Employment Eligibility Verification

1-55-64. Those are the magic numbers Kevin Lashus, the Managing Partner of the Austin, Texas office of Jackson Lewis LLP, says employers need to know when processing Forms I-9. In this interview, he also discusses employer responses to DREAM Act-lite, the Obama Administration’s recent action to allow […]

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Slides and Notes for my EEOC Criminal History Guidance Webinar Now Available

After conducting three webinars about the EEOC’s April 25th guidance document and trading innumerable emails and phone calls with clients, friends, and colleagues, I’m finally at a place where I feel comfortable releasing the Gospel According to Coffey on this topic – which is to say that […]

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Mike’s FMLA interview with Sheila Gladstone, JD

Each month, I interview an attorney about employment-related legal issues on behalf of the Austin Human Resource Management Association. This month’s interview focuses on common FMLA challenges employers face. If you are in the Austin area, plan now to attend AHRMA’s April 26th meeting, including the Legal […]

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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

This post may be ill-fitted to this season of brotherly love. If upon reading it, you find it too strong, well, you should have seen the first version! The Associated Press published a story this weekend about the errors common in the databases used in employment-related criminal background […]

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