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.
The state of Michigan just released an update to the Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination poster, which must be posted for your employees.
These are the two most recent updates to Michigan labor law. There are 18 total required employment notices that Michigan businesses with at least one employee must post.
When conducting background checks on current employees, especially those who are under consideration for promotion, here are some items to consider:
Nobody would want to drive a vehicle that wasn’t properly maintained and lacked important safety features. Yet at one shipping company that operates nationwide workers were required to operate unsafe forklifts.
The people working for you have a huge impact on customer loyalty and innovation and it is imperative that you encourage their passion and keep them engaged. Data shows that the levels of employee engagement and workplace passion have a very high correlation to the competitive value you bring to your customers. This is the key to what sets you apart from your competition.
There are a few categories of workers in this country that requires a background check by law. For the most part, public school employees, healthcare workers, casino employees, and a host of others in certain job categories must have background checks done. That list includes commercial drivers. For the vast majority of workers in the country, however, a background check is done not because it is required by law, but because the employer feels it is a wise policy. That is smart.