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Energy Efficiency Technologies in Michigan Poised for Growth

Cumulative renewable energy capacity in Michigan

Energy efficiency in Michigan recently grabbed headlines. In his March 13 speech, Governor Snyder stressed the elimination of “energy waste” as a cornerstone to moving toward a more renewable future. This speech stems from the fact that Michigan is on the verge of meeting the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) targets that were set in 2008.

Your Applicant has a Criminal Record - Now What?

Of all levels of background screening services, a majority of businesses will request criminal records most often. And all types of criminal histories are revealed as a result. Some reflect minor issues, while others are extremely serious. The business must then determine how the criminal record will impact their hiring decision.

Energy-saving tips for everyone

No matter what their role or position, everyone can pitch in to save energy. Here are ideas for:

  • Employees
  • Executives
  • Building managers

Email them, read them at your next staff meeting, add them to your intranet, or post them in high visibility areas like break rooms, elevators, and lobbies … whatever it takes to get the word out!

Tips for employees

Keep Your Medical and Drug Testing Forms Separate

You cannot ask any medically-related questions on a job application or during a pre-job offer interview. You can only inquire about medical, worker’s comp, and drug testing issues AFTER a job offer is made; this is normally a conditional job offer.

Once the employee is on board, medical and drug questions and tests can be addressed. Be sure to keep that information in a separate file – in a separate location – apart from the general personnel file. Check with your legal counsel to ensure compliance on this and other issues.

10 Ways to Green Your Business and Save Money

With so many products and services to choose from, it has never been more important to differentiate yourself from the competition. Going green is a great way to stand out, but even if your actions don’t land you on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies list, going green can help your bottom line. The following are some simple steps you and your company can take today to save money and decrease its impact on the planet.

Operate in Multiple States? Careful When Using Criminal Record Information

We have one big country, but there are 50 states, over 3000 counties/parishes, and thousands and thousands of cities and towns. They all have their own laws and regulations on a variety of things, including the use of criminal records when making hiring decisions.

15 Tips to Help Your Business Weather a Storm

While spring is a time of renewal, storms and flooding can be devastating in terms of facility damage and lost revenues. Are you prepared? Storm readiness should include emergency action procedures to ensure the safety of your staff and facility, as well as adequate backup power to keep your critical equipment functioning in case of an outage.

Please remind your employees and customers to always stay 25 feet away from any downed wires.

Check Your Release Authorization Now!

Federal law requires that the release/authorization an applicant signs to permit background checks must be on its own separate page…not a few sentences at the bottom of a job application.

Also, there cannot be any indemnification or hold harmless statements on the release/authorization. You can have those statements on a separate document, but they cannot appear on the release/authorization in any way.

Understanding Your Electric Bill

Understanding your utility bill is an important first step in lowering your energy costs. This guide from the Michigan Public Service Commission is a summary of the specific charges and billing terms that may be included  on your bill.

Denying Employment Based on Background Screening Report

When you use information in a background screening report to deny (or possibly deny) employment, you must follow Adverse Action Procedures (AAP) outlined within federal law in the Fair Credit Reporting Act sections §603(k)(1)(B)(ii) and FCRA §615. The AAP is in place so applicants who may be or will be denied employment because of details in the report have an opportunity to review the report and address any errors or discrepancies in the information.