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December 15th, 2016 | Debbie Lamb, Sterling Talent Solutions

The Top Five Blog Posts For 2016

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As 2016 comes to a close, I find myself asking, “Where did the year go?” Between the meetings, acquisitions and mergers and product updates, we’ve had a packed year – oftentimes reflected in our company blog. We have shared the exciting news of our merger with TalentWise in the beginning of the year to rebranding our name to Sterling in June to sharing the latest human resources and background screening industry information all year long. We compiled a list of the top five most popular and highly read blog posts (in no particular order) of the past year just in case you missed them.

I-9 Mistakes Costs Rose Up To 96%

The penalties for violations related to I-9 forms and immigration-related discriminatory practices were raised dramatically starting August 1, 2016. There is a variety of category fines for paperwork violations as well as unlawful employment of immigrant workers that can range up to a maximum penalty of $21,563. It is critical for businesses and organizations to stay up-to-date on the latest regulations, form changes and rules. Learn more details about the changes and tips to avoid future mistakes in I-9 Mistakes Costs Rose Up to 96%.

Sterling Earns Spot on Workforce Management Hot List

In late August 2016, Sterling was selected to be on Workforce Management’s Hot List of Background Screening providers for 2016. Workforce, the largest integrated media company service in the human capital management and workforce development industries, published their top list in the article, “The Increasingly Important Role of Screening in Recruiting.” You can read more about this in our blog here.

Your Adverse Action Checklist – Getting It Right

Adverse Action is an important process employers are required to follow under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when employment is denied as a result of a background check. Sterling created a checklist to help businesses and organizations be compliant with Adverse Action rules. Download the Adverse Action checklist today to learn the Do’s and Don’ts of this important regulation.

Sterling Releases Ground Breaking Study Employment Background Checks Survey

Sterling partnered with Kelton Research on a landmark survey that analyzed the background screening industry in the context of the most important topics of the day including: safety, immigration, gun control, privacy, homeland security, legalization of marijuana and education. These varied topics all led to one big question: how would consumers feel if we eliminated background screening? You might be surprised by the results of the survey. Access the highlights in the blog post, “Sterling Releases Ground Breaking Study: Employment Background Checks Survey.”

Three Tips Will Make Onboarding Paperwork Easier for New Employees

Organizations and human resources departments need to consider new ways of dealing with the growing regulatory environment and the mountains of required documentation for new hires. There are plenty of ways to be non-compliant or neglectful in filling out the important forms. Learn three vital tips to making onboarding easier for both the new hire and the HR team in our blog post from earlier this year.

As we wrap up the year we look forward to all that 2017 has in store. We will continue to keep you updated on the latest topics and trends in the Human Capital Management industry and can’t wait to share them with you.

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