With clients who screen for drugs all over the world, Pre-employ.com gets asked about drug testing services frequently. One of the most common areas of discussion surrounds the use of recreational marijuana. Many states have or are in the process of passing recreational or medicinal marijuana laws and we expect this topic to continue to trend. Chelsea Mesa Caitlyn Crisp and Michael Cross of Syfarth Shaw wrote a good blog on this subject that we are sharing below.
Most people understand that the primary focus of a background screening company is to find criminal records and accurately report them to the entity requesting the information.
What many may not realize is employers across the nation are actively looking for criminal record activity in order to actually hire a felon.
For the seventh year in a row, retaliation claims top the list of the EEOC’s most frequent charge against employers. With over 90,000 charges filed in 2016, 45% of the claims involved retaliation against an employee that either involved adverse action or discharge. The trend to file against employers for retaliatory action shows no end in sight. 2016 saw almost 5,000 more charges than 2015, with more than $482 million in recovery received from employers in the private sector and government agencies.
Starbucks, Home Depot, Wegmans, Lowes, Avis. What do these companies have in common? Lawsuits brought against them for improper criminal background checks. Class action and individual lawsuits are on the rise: nearly 4,000 last year alone.
While lawsuits are damaging, class action suits could be a death blow to your company. Grabbing the media spotlight, surging in SEO hits, class action suits have the potential not just to cost reparations and damages, they could damage your brand in the marketplace irreparably. As an HR Executive, that much media attention could mean the difference between having an office in the morning or considering a name change.