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Consent for Background Checks

Conducting a background check must be done properly.  There are many laws governing how one proceeds with an investigation.  These laws vary from state to state.  It is important that they be conducted properly.  I advise using an experienced, knowledgeable organization to ensure compliance with both federal and state laws.

There are several areas of liability from Title VII violations to Fair Credit Reporting violations.  It’s important to “know your stuff”.  Most HR Professionals are familiar with the process.  If you do not have an HR Professional in your organization, I would recommend using a third party so that you can be sure you are in compliance.

I’ve included a copy of a consent form in today’s blog for your reference.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this topic.Background & Credit check consent form – standard

October 21, 2011 No Comments

Florida Minimum Wage Increases by 36 cents effective January 1, 2012

Hot off the presses, Florida minimum wage is increasing by 36 cents per hour effective January 1, 2012.  This increase takes effect just seven months after a 6 cent increase on June 1, 2011.

What does this mean?

Employers are going to have to review payroll and make adjustments to anyone earning $7.68 and lower.

They should also evaluate all employees’ wages to see if the increase might cause other issues (morale, wage compression). For example, someone who is currently making $7.69 per hour and has been in their position for a while is not going to be happy when a newcomer joins the organization and earns the same rate.

This comes at a difficult time for small business owners. While trying to make ends meet and keep their doors open, they now must make adjustments to wages, increasing expenses and reducing an already dismal bottom line.