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Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports, and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") stated that seventy-five percent (75%) of recruiters are required by their companies to do online research of candidates and seventy (70%) report that they have rejected candidates because of information online.

Customers tuning out after so many cable disputes

The cable and TV entertainment industries are starting to see a significant shift in consumer habits and spending. These changes can likely be attributed partly to technological advancements and a struggling economy, but a significant number of people are finding alternatives to having cable because of the ongoing and frustrating disputes between networks and cable providers.

Internal Policies Not Required

Nancy Drew Suders quit her job as a police dispatcher for the Pennsylvania State Police in August 1998. Ms. Suders started the position in March 1998 and claimed she had been sexually harassed by her supervisors ever since. Ms. Suders contacted the state police equal opportunity officer about the harassment, but did not file a report because; Suders claimed the woman was unhelpful and unsympathetic.

Ex-employees claim Apple owes them unpaid wages

Unfortunately, employee theft is a reality business owners in Colorado have to confront. There are measures employers can take to prevent theft, but any attempt to keep retail or company property where it belongs should be in compliance with current state and federal laws. Maybe a solid security system with cameras can reduce the risk, or a bag check policy might be implemented. In any case, business owners may want to check with their attorneys before instituting a policy.

Pre-employment mental health screenings

In the process of hiring a new employee, an employer may wish to perform personality tests and assessments to determine if the candidate is the right fit for the job. However, there are certain types of tests and questions which may be illegal in an interview, pre-employment or post-employment setting. A recent case from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals indicates that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") and the courts have increased their scrutiny of utilizing personality tests in the employment decision-making.