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Archive for December, 2010

Screening Techniques and How They Apply to Jobs in Connecticut

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

A company that is an expert in employment screening is speaking out about proper background check techniques and how they apply to jobs in Connecticut.

Discrimination issues, global screening, contractors, credit checks, social networking and a tsunami of legislation headline the 2011 list of top background screening trends from EmployeeScreenIQ.

Since 2007, the global employment screening company has developed an annual list for HR professionals and executives. This year’s trends are designed to equip hiring professionals with advance information on crucial screening topics before they become everyday news.

The top nine trends for 2011 include:

1 – EEOC takes aggressive action toward employment background checks. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increased their scrutiny of hiring practices, exposing employers to a greater risk of discrimination lawsuits. The EEOC is especially targeting “bright line” hiring decisions that automatically exclude candidates with criminal records, arrest records that don’t result in a conviction, and/or poor credit. When adverse information surfaces, employers need to consider the severity of the offense, how long ago it occurred, if the person is a repeat offender and most importantly how closely it relates to the job being filled.

2 – Legislation and litigation deterring the practice of checking credit. The states of Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Illinois have passed legislation aimed at curbing the use of employment credit reports, with nearly 20 other states proposing legislation. There is also an effort at the federal level (HR #3149) to do the same. A number of existing laws already provide protection for job candidates, but credit checks are becoming a hot button issue and the controversy only looks to intensify.

3 – “Ban The Box” laws take effect. Massachusetts, New Mexico, Connecticut and other states have passed “ban the box” laws that prohibit employers from asking for an applicant’s criminal background on the initial job application. Other effects of these laws involve changes to how long felony convictions will display on a person’s record, as well as the need for employers to have a written criminal offender record policy.

4 – Industry accreditation sets the bar for screening providers. Earlier this year the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) announced a new Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Only one percent of employment screening companies have earned this distinction, including EmployeeScreenIQ. Looking ahead, accreditation will serve as an important seal of approval that all companies should look for when choosing a background screening provider.

Fresh Coat Painting Creates Jobs in Connecticut

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A new company has opened, creating a slew of new jobs in Connecticut.

Eric Stavropoulos, a lifelong Connecticut resident, has launched his first Fresh Coat Painting business to serve Hartford County and its communities of Manchester, Vernon, Glastonbury, South Windsor and East Hartford.

A restaurateur’s son, Stavropoulos always knew he would own his own business. He studied business management in college and gained experience as a manager for his father, who is still working at 75.

After deciding against food services, Stavropoulos explored other entrepreneurial endeavors and chose Fresh Coat because of the reasonable cost, professional training and ongoing support.

“I looked at a few other franchises,” he said. “One of them wanted a million dollars just to start.”

He also liked Fresh Coat because of its transparency, he said, noting the franchise consultant answered his questions and even was willing to mail him written information. “Fresh Coat was the only one that would do that.”

Stavropoulos said he was impressed with the caliber of the managers, especially President Ralph Martin, who actually had run an operation. “These are not just people off the street. They didn’t just read it in a manual, then try to tell you how to do it. They’ve been there and done it themselves.”

Martin praised Stavropoulos for his work ethic and due diligence. “Fresh Coat is an ideal business for motivated business professionals like Eric who want to guide their own success.”

Stavropoulos again was impressed during his week-long training where he learned Fresh Coat’s system for best practices in hiring personnel, determining accurate proposals, and fulfilling customers’ needs.

“Four days into the training, I decided to buy another territory,” he said. That business will open next spring for Stamford and Greenwich.

Stavropoulos anticipates success, and he’s pleased he won’t be painting.

“I’m an absolutely horrible painter,” he said. “I have a good background in business. That’s what I love to do. I’ll let the painters do the painting. That’s what they love to do.”

For an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects, call 860-481-4370 or visit www.freshcoatofhartfordcounty.com.

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat Painters was ranked in 2010 as a “Top Home Based Business” by Entrepreneur magazine and included on its Franchise 500 list for the third straight year. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For details, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpainters.com.


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