All Posts By "Ken Shafton" (Total Posts: 50)

The Cost of Hiring the Wrong Employee

A hire who is not aligned with an organization’s value system, vision, work culture, role requirement or competence requirement can contribute to the failure of the organization, demonstrated both visually and internally, such as wasted time, effort, energy, resources and the opportunity lost for a possible good hire. The cost of hiring the wrong employee ...

What You Need to Know About Marijuana

Thirty states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form and eight of those states and D.C. have adopted laws legalizing it for recreational use. Regardless of state laws, it is important for employers to strive to maintain a drug-free workplace and forbid the use of marijuana during work hours. Drug policies ...

Using Marijuana is Legal But It Can Still Get You Fired. “Human Resource Professionals in Illinois Will Have Their Hands Full.”

While the state of Illinois has now legalized the use of recreational marijuana, employers are still allowed to fire workers who bring cannabis to the office, show up impaired or fail random drug tests, according to the state’s new law. In addition, companies are able to reject job applicants who don’t pass drug screens, but ...

Pot Law Brings Uncertainty to Employers, Employees

Employers in the state of Illinois are deciding whether to include marijuana in pre-employment drug panels since the legalization of marijuana on the first of the year. Troy Overholt, vice president of occupational health with OSF HealthCare, said the company will no longer include marijuana as part of its pre-employment screening and through a series ...

Qualification Fraud – A Growing Challenge for Businesses and Recruiters

According to the Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System (Cifas), qualification fraud is becoming increasingly sophisticated and widespread across all levels of seniority. Degree fraud is the most common form of qualification fraud with an online, shadow university  industry offering numerous fraudulent qualification services, from the production of fake degree certificates to ecosystems of bogus universities ...

Federal Hiring Issues Highlight Importance of Comprehensive Background Screening

According to TopResume, 78 percent of surveyed HR and hiring managers reported catching lies on candidate resumes, which increases the risks associated with hiring unqualified people and negatively impacts an organization’s stakeholders and reputation. While technology can help uncover everything from past criminal acts to falsified educational credentials, these three actions can help keep the ...

Why It is a Bad Idea to Lie on your CV

A recent CV-Library survey revealed that 92.5 percent of United Kingdom adults have gotten away with lying on their CV and of the 1,000 workers polled, a third said they would be willing to lie about the dates of their previous employment. The most common reasons for this include looking more experienced, appearing more qualified ...

How to Succeed After Prison: Ignore the Pessimists

Jeremiah Bourgeois has spent time in prison and once said jail time “inoculates against feelings of relative deprivation and you forgo chasing pipe dreams.” But he is coming to find out that he was wrong. He has become optimistic after being released from his 27-year sentence even though he and his fiancée struggled to find ...

Failing a Drug Test Can Drastically Reduce Your Chances of Getting Hired, But Not Entirely

Although failing a pre-employment drug test reduces an applicant’s chance of getting hired, being tested a second time may be enough to be reconsidered. This will depend on the employer, type of job and government regulations. For instance, the federal government requires any company regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to not hire anyone ...

How to Retain and File I-9 Forms

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) retention requirements, “I-9 forms should be retained for three years after the date of hire, or one year after the date employment ends – whichever is later,” but this can be confusing for employers. It is important for employers to take the proper steps to remain ...