Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Getting back to business
Preparation for business restoration
- Purchase generators or ensure generators are in place and operational.
- Be prepared for cash transactions.
- What type of telephone system do you use? Newer systems do not work without power or have limited hours battery backup.
- What type of security do you have? As with the telephone system, security systems often have only limited hours backup.
- Backup computer business files. Sudden and/or prolonged power outages can result in data loss. When complete, store the files offsite.
- Review insurance policies and coverage’s annually with your provider. Update as necessary.
- Make sure insurance and business documents are easy to locate and safe from harm.
- In the winter, prepare for safe ways to provide heat to your business.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Information for sale
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Cleaning up online presence
Monday, August 28, 2017
What are employer’s rights?Allen Smith, J.D., wrote an excellent article for the Society For Human Resource Management website, Can or Should Employers Fire Employees Who Participate in Hate Groups? Smith reinforces what I have found, that the answer is not clear. When what employees do off duty creeps into the workplace several legal precedents have to be considered before an employee can be fired. Allen Smith makes the following points.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
American with Disabilities Act
What to do, what to do…
Which came first... February 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
History of skimmers
2011-ATM manufacturers began cracking down on skimming by installing anti-skimming devices on their machines. These consisted of translucent, circular casings over the card reader, which the criminals quickly learned to replicate.
How it works
- Use Pumps/ATMs near attendants. Less chance they were compromised.
- Pay inside
- Pause before you swipe, inspect car slot, look for security seal
- Feel for difficulty inserting or sliding card
- Wiggle slot housing. Don’t have to break it. Criminals aren’t going to install anything that takes time or is permanent
- Check nearby pumps, compare slots for differences
- Guard the card number
- Use Apple/Samsung/Android pay whenever possible
- Check accounts regularly
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
What are Microchips?
The few people I've spoken to have said no way. The Swedish company, Epicenter, has parties celebrating an employee's decision to be implanted. The Wisconsin company, Three Square Market, already has fifty employees agreeing to the implants.
Employers considering this or any type of employee tracking devices should do considerable research. Definitely work with an attorney to develop policies and updates to employee handbooks.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
- Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). As of October 1, 1997 the FCRA requires that all employers who request background checks for pre employment screening purposes have a written consent from the applicant.
- Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII. Employers cannot reject or fire qualified individuals who have criminal records when the criminal history has no bearing on the individual’s fitness or ability to perform the job.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC. The EEOC is clear in its position on employers’ use of criminal background checks for employee hiring and retention: “Using such records as an absolute measure to prevent an individual from being hired could limit the employment opportunities of some protected groups and thus cannot be used in this way.”
- National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was enacted in 1935. The Act allows for the National labor Relations Board to enforce laws that give employees the right to act together for improved pay and working conditions, even if they are not part of a union.
- We were always asked to conduct national criminal record checks. This request is difficult to explain because most people’s perception of the criminal justice system is marred by television. Simply put, there is no “national” database that houses criminal records. Records of arrests and adjudications are kept at the local courthouses and county jurisdictions. Conducting a non-law enforcement national background check would be better said as a “nationwide” check. To obtain a thorough picture of a person’s criminal past, all levels of government entities maintaining criminal records should be searched. Read our post "National" record checks, which further explains the subject.
- Look for companies that search both public and commercial databases within the Federal, State, and County jurisdictions. Analyzing the information to ensure the utmost accuracy for your screenings.
- Ban the box is national grassroots movement to remove the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime” from employment applications. Many State and local jurisdictions have passed laws removing the question from government employment applications.
- “Bright line” is a clearly defined rule or standard, generally used in law, composed of objective factors, which leaves little or no room for varying interpretation. The purpose of a bright-line rule is to produce predictable and consistent results in its application.
- A Bright line hiring example would be to not hire someone with a criminal record. Bright line hiring practices are dangerous for any business, as you may have violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or EEOC guidelines.
- Sometimes. The legal term “expunged” has different definitions in different states. Some allow for the records to be sealed and treat the case as it never happened. Some change the conviction to “dismissed”, but the other details of the case are the same. In Maryland, it means to remove from public inspection.
- Although records are expunged, they are filed somewhere. Third party vendors purchase data from government entities before records are expunged. They then resell that data. Although records get expunged, they remain active through third party vendors.
- Avoid the expense of making a bad hire. Bad hires can cost as much as three times the salary of the job in question
- Reduce liability: Putting current employees at risk by placing a violent person in the workplace.
- Find those with a propensity for violence. Workplace violence has been found to make up 18% of all crime.
- Reduce of workplace accidents
- Reduce resume puffing. One-third of resumes have some degree of puffery
- Aid the applicant. During the process other names associated with the applicants’ social security number are regularly discovered. This information may help the applicant thwart identity theft.
- You can and many do. The Internet is a very powerful tool. The questions are: Do you have time? Do you know where to look? Do you know how to decipher the information you do find? Are you sure you are looking at the correct person?
See our blog archive and topic categories for more on this topic.
How well do you know someone? March 2017
Social Media Checks July 2016
FCRwhat? March 2015
Just checking local Internet records not enough December 2014
Convicted? Never convicted. October 2014
Have you ever been convicted of a crime? February 2014
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Reduce your risk
Monday, June 19, 2017
FAA licensing requirements
- Fly at or below 400 feet
- Keep your UAS within sight
- Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
- Never fly over groups of people
- Never fly over stadiums or sports events
- Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
- Never fly under the influence
- Be aware of airspace requirements
- Must be at least 16 years old
- Must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test
- Must be vetted by TSA
- Class G airspace
- Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)
- Must fly under 400 feet
- Must fly during the day
- Must fly at or below 100 mph
- Must yield right of way to manned aircraft
- Must NOT fly over people
- Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle