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What is Natural Gas Choice?

Natural Gas Customer Choice permits you to shop for gas for your home or business from a diverse market of gas suppliers. You can select a gas supplier or do nothing and continue to get your gas from your local gas utility under existing regulated rates.

View this article by LARA for more information and resources on natural gas choice.

Checking Social Media of Job Applicants

You hear and read stories about companies that require job applicants to reveal their social media accounts, including passwords. These companies believe that by viewing an applicant’s social media activity they can get a better handle on his or her ability to be a productive employee.

Honestly, your background screening company shouldn’t have any reason to provide social media checks. The reasons why are very basic, and should make you think about this potentially risky practice.

Why Do Electricity Prices Fluctuate?

Electricity prices generally reflect the costs to build, finance, maintain, and operate power plants and the electricity grid (the complex system of power transmission and distribution lines). Some for-profit utilities also include a return for owners and shareholders in their prices.

There are several key factors that influence the price of electricity:

Top 5 Reasons to Conduct Background Checks

At our offices we are always amazed when we get a new client who tells us they have never done any background checks. Certainly, we value their business and trust in us, but we know that any business is at risk when they are clueless regarding the people they are employing.

What will background checks do for you?

How to Choose a Cell Phone Plan

Although you may have only a handful of major wireless providers to choose from, each offers an array of plans, services, devices, and pricing. Voice, messaging, and data aren’t the only options now that you have mobile Internet for laptops, tablets, and even mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.

Background Check Risks-Beware!

There seem to be a growing number of laws and individual state/county/city restrictions being placed on employers who want to build safe and reliable workforces via a program of background checks.  On top of this, employers are being sued left and right because they aren’t conducting background checks in compliance with federal and local laws.

Here are 3 very important items to keep in mind:

Hydraulic Fracturing Update

University of Michigan researchers today released the final version of a report analyzing policy options for the state of Michigan regarding high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.

The final report of the U-M Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment consists of six chapters totaling nearly 200 pages. The two-part integrated assessment took three years to complete and is the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Word of Caution on Background Checks for Businesses Operating in Multiple States

Although federal laws and regulations cover most of the everyday employment issues you face, states still retain the right to create their own laws. And that’s where you need to be careful.

Lighting Choices to Save You Money

Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year. New lighting standards took effect in 2012, and money-saving options such as halogen incandescent, CFL, and LED lightbulbs are available today. For high-quality products with the greatest energy savings, choose bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR.

Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light and are no longer manufactured.

Driving Records Must Be Checked for any Employee that Drives for Business Purposes

If your business hires commercial drivers you understand the federal laws that require you to investigate and monitor the driving activities of your employees. These drivers must meet a number of federal standards, as well as those established by your insurance carriers. But what about those employees who don’t drive 18-wheelers, but instead are behind the wheel of a company or personal vehicle?