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Tax Alert: California Hiring Credit Passes Committee Vote

As you know, First Advantage, in conjunction with the National Employment Opportunity Network (NEON), government relations, and lobbying experts, has been working on securing a California Work Opportunity Tax Credit program. We are pleased to report that on August 8th, AB-916, the bill proposing the state WOTC program, was passed by bipartisan unanimous 7-0 vote […]

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Metrics matter. Here’s why and how you should closely monitor your employment screening program.

Starting a new pre-employment background screening program is a big deal. Whether you’re beginning from scratch or switching providers, it requires a lot of planning, collaboration and effort. Yet, all too often, once the program is up and running, it goes on autopilot until issues arise. A better strategy is to regularly monitor your employment […]

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Tax Alert: WOTC Expansion Bill Proposed

  Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) recently introduced the Hire Student Veterans Act (HR-6392), meant to encourage the employment of student veterans. The bill would expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program by adding a target group for student veterans receiving GI benefits. If passed, employers that hire qualified student veterans may be eligible for […]

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Proposed Bill Would Delay ACA Employer Penalties

Tax Alert July 25, 2018 A Bill, H.R. 4616, was recently introduced in Congress and is currently awaiting vote. The Bill proposes amendments to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would delay the implementation of employer mandate penalties until 2019. While this would not impact future ACA compliance or business decisions, it […]

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Tax Alert: California Hiring Credit Update:

First Advantage, in conjunction with the National Employment Opportunity Network (NEON) and government relations and lobbying experts, has been continuing to work to secure a more lucrative California income tax credit for companies who hire certain categories of candidates to work in California locations. NEON is dedicated to supporting cost effective government incentives, and First […]

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Three Focus Areas to Get the Most from your Executive Background Check

In today’s world, the actions of a single person can tarnish the reputation of an entire business. News feeds are flooded with headlines linking the bad behavior of executives to the major brands they represent. This negative press can have lasting financial impacts. According to a 2015 study by researchers at Drexel University, when the […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace: Balancing the Risk

Trends and best practices for employers committed to a drug-free workplace Marijuana use and testing in the workplace continues to be a controversial issue for employers, as today more than half the country has approved marijuana for medical or recreational use. Yet, at the federal level, it remains illegal. To help employers determine the best path […]

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Tax Alert: Puerto Rico Hurricane Benefit

Last fall we alerted you to the Employee Retention Tax Credit available to employers impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and since then we have been assisting our clients in securing this tax credit. This month, Puerto Rico announced a similar program providing a cash benefit to employers impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. […]

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Ban the Box Update

Nationwide, 31 states and over 150 cities and counties have adopted what is widely known as “ban the box” laws which are aimed at requiring employers to consider a job candidate’s qualifications prior to considering a conviction or arrest record during the background screening process.  Eleven states and seventeen cities and counties have adopted these […]

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