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For Want of a Sheet of Paper

You would think they would know better.  They employ 168,500 people, have 1091 stores, eight distribution centers, and 10 manufacturing facilities, all in the South.  But Publix Stores is paying $6.8 million to settle a class action suit because when they hired, they neglected to use a separate piece of paper. They have 11,000 stores in 40 states, but Dollar General is about to settle a $4 million-plus class action suit because they “conducted background checks on job applicants without complying with federal law,” reports classaction.com.  You would think they […]

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Collections Lurk in America’s Credit Jungle

March 19th, 2015 | adminT | Tags: , , , ,

Danger lurks in what has become America’s credit jungle.  While the danger is an issue for all, it can be a huge concern for employers and landlords.  Here’s why. More than a third of people with a credit file, 35 percent, are in collection, some 77 million people with an average collection debt of $5,178 reports the Urban Institute.  Multiply that out and the total is $398.7 billion in debt in collection. The data at least give pause. What is important in these figures is that they show a problem […]

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A New Credit-Scoring Model and What It Means

March 19th, 2015 | adminT | Tags: , , , ,

It’s called FICO 9.  That’s the descendant of FICOs 1 through 8, the credit scores spawned from the Fair Isaac Corporation, the credit-scoring company.  The FICO score, a number between 300 and 850 that many lenders use to judge the creditworthiness of prospective borrowers.  The higher the better for borrowers since a higher score can result in a lower interest rate and possibly better loan terms. Jim Wehmann, executive vice president for scores at Fair Isaac, is quoted in a Fair Isaac news release as saying “FICO Score 9 uses […]

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5 Things You Must Check When You Screen an Applicant

If you have taken more than three or four applications, you might have discovered that job applicants and rental applicants are sometimes less than forthcoming. Things get left off; other things get embellished; still other things are “forgotten.”  According to a 2014 Hireright Employment Screening Benchmark Report, 88 percent of survey respondents said that employment screening had “exposed a job candidate who lied on a resume.” Usually the  omissions and embellishments are easy enough to ferret out. The US Department of Labor offers the following statistics: 1.     53% […]

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