Human Resources

Basics of Job Applications, Interviewing & Background Checks

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Here are some general tips to help you understand some of the basics about job applications, interviewing, and background checks. The goal is to hire the best people and to minimize risks. By no means does the following cover everything you need to know, but this will get you thinking and possibly making some necessary adjustments.

Costly Age Discrimination Lawsuits on the Rise

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Earlier this year a federal jury awarded 66-year-old Robert Braden a whopping $51.1 million in damages against his former employer Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Braden was not a high-level executive; instead, he was a mid-level manager who had been employed by Lockheed Martin for 28 years. He was discharged as part of a company-wide reduction in force (RIF). 

At trial, Braden’s counsel presented the following salient facts to the jury:

Hiring Documents Willfully Violated Fair Credit Reporting Act

During the hiring process, employers provide prospective applicants with a variety of documents.  Indeed, most employers require that applicants complete an employment application and authorize the employer to conduct a background check, a drug test, or both. Although this is an expected and widely accepted practice, many employers do not know that their application and background-check authorization forms – if not in compliance with state and federal law – may subject them to liability.