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The Truth about TV Police Shows

TV shows like The Blacklist and NCIS are entertaining and fun, but it’s clearly all stylized fiction, no matter how convincing it may look.

Benefits and Drawbacks of LEDs

LEDs offer a huge variety of benefits but at the same time they cannot be viewed as the optimum solution for every lighting-related application. Here, in no particular order, we list some of the main advantages of LEDs, together with some of the challenges faced by these devices.

Easiest Way to Catch Basic Lies on Resumes and Applications

Odds are good that more than half of the resumes and job applications you review contain any number of misrepresentations, falsehoods, lies…whatever you want to call them.

By performing a fast and easy address search – which reviews tons of public record sources all over the U.S. –you can learn the addresses your applicants have used for the last one to 25 years, when a Social Security number was entered as part of the identifying information. This could be when they secured a loan, rented an apartment, co-signed a financial document, enrolled in school, etc.

Three Reasons Businesses Should Conduct a Utility Bill Audit

Most utilities consider billing accuracy the responsibility of the customer, so being confident your accounts are on the best rate and billing correctly is good business practice.

There are a number of reasons to conduct a Utility Bill Audit, including these top three:

What NOT to ask on an application and in an interview

Every year businesses deal with damaging and costly legal battles because a single question on a job application violated federal law. So, it is important that you check your job applications (paper and online) regularly to ensure they comply with federal and state laws.

You likely already know that your job application cannot ask contain questions about a person’s religion, race, sexual orientation, family, and other personal concerns. But here are a few other items you may not be aware of that you must avoid on an application and during interviews:

The Difference Between an Energy Audit and Utility Bill Audit

Utility costs are one of the biggest expenses for businesses, so it makes sense that you want to find ways to reduce these costs. But, perhaps, you aren’t sure where to start? The two main ways to reduce utility costs are to (1) reduce consumption by conducting an Energy Audit and (2) reduce the rate that is paid by conducting a Utility Bill Audit. Here are the differences between the two:

Holiday season is around the corner. Really, it is!

Many employers hire extra workers to prepare for a busy holiday season. Often these workers are hired on some level shortly after Labor Day to ensure they are trained properly, as they help the employer get ready for increased activity.

Remember that even your temporary help should be screened just like they were permanent, full-time employees. After all, a person working just a few hours a week can be responsible for many problems, such as theft, drug sales, and harassment.

Business Owners: Prepare for Utility Disruptions

Have a plan in place in case a natural disaster or other hazard knocks out your business’s electricity or natural gas service.

Applicants Lie on Applications All the Time

Only a minor percentage of your job applicants will have a serious criminal record or a problem with a driver’s license. More issues are found when employment and education are confirmed.

For instance, an applicant can indicate his/her work responsibilities and time period of employment are X, but it is learned they are really Y. Also, applicants often misrepresent their educational experience and accomplishments. Unfortunately, it is all too common.