Whether we like it or not, the laws related to marijuana are changing. There are already several states that have legalized it’s use to varying degrees, while as many as twelve more will vote on marijuana related legislation this year. As the states that have already legalized marijuana’s use continue to record neutral or positive…

The US is a diverse country, and it becomes more and more of a melting pot every year. Immigrants arrive from all over the world all the time, whether they come as asylum seekers, economic migrants or as international students who ultimately stay. There’s even a visa lottery that brings 50,000 immigrants from dozens of…

Employee background checks are useful to HR departments and business owners, because it helps them to be sure they know who they are hiring. Candidates often dread them, because they are invasive and may dredge up old mistakes that could hurt their future careers. There are rules about when background checks can be conducted and…

In many cases, if a criminal record has been expunged, you will never know that it existed at all. While the rules vary from state to state, unless you are hiring for a government position, a position as a teacher or in a corrections facility, and unless the candidate tells you about their expungement, you…

So you heard that employee screening is necessary, and you thought you’d do background checks on potential hires by pulling their credit report and looking at their financial history. You probably think it’s a harmless way to get peace of mind. If you do, you’re wrong. In fact, according to The Consumer Credit Reporting Reform…

An employee background check is more important today than ever before, when you’re recruiting talented workers. In fact, one could argue that they are an essential part of the hiring process. While we’d all like to take candidates at face value and give them the benefit of the doubt like we did in the good…

Landlords are busy people. We understand that when you receive a negative reference for a tenant, the automatic reaction is to quickly cross them off your list and move on. However, while we are certainly in favor of your using the information you receive from a background check, here are also a few words of…

It’s every landlord’s deepest, darkest fear. Discovering that instead of a lovely family with a dog, their new tenant is the leader of a biker gang with a basement moonshine business! There’s no doubt that you want to get those types of delinquent tenants out as quickly as possible, but it may not be as…

There are more public private partnerships these days than ever before. Civilian contractors are being appointed to work in prisons, on military bases and in government buildings. They’re constructing new buildings, renovating old ones and providing services ranging from catering to information technology, and everything in between. While that’s great for business, it does demand…

With so many more people out there, applying for jobs, moving across states and even emigrating to and from other countries, it’s become more and more common for employees and prospective employees to be hiding shady histories. Sometimes, they’re simply embarrassed about something they did in the past, but sometimes, those prospective employees may even…

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