July 22

Can Bankruptcy Affect My Employment Status?

Many people may believe that their bankruptcy is kept between themselves and their bankruptcy attorneys; however, depending on your situation, it is possible that a prospective employer or your current employer will discover your financial troubles. Many employers these days are requesting consent from applicants to allow them to check their credit reports, particularly for positions that involve the handling of money or sensitive information. A chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy will easily be discovered by a potential employer if you provide consent; it is possible that an employer will not consider your application without it.

July 16

Why Employers are Hiring People on the Autism Spectrum

Many studies have shown that people on the autism spectrum, while highly functional and capable, struggle to find employment. A Drexel University study led by Anne Roux of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia, showed that 58% of young adults with autism are unemployed. As the number of autism diagnoses grows, so too does the unemployment rate for those individuals. Today, many companies are taking a stand to hire more people with autism due to the several advantages they bring to the team.

July 5

Why Do Employers Check Credit Reports?

Virginia is one of several states that has no laws restricting pre-employment background checks. Around the country, 47% of employers surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2012 reported that they do check the credit scores of prospective new hires. This is down from 60% in a 2009 report. It is not unusual for job applicants to have poor credit histories in a weak economy, but it may sound unusual for a prospective employer to inquire about a candidate’s credit. After all, what does a credit report have to do with the position being applied to? Is this grounds for discrimination?

June 26

How Non-compete Agreements can Hinder your Job Search

Non-compete agreements can seriously impact how skilled employees find work after leaving a job where they were required to sign a non-compete agreement. Few American workers remain with one employer for the duration of their career. Today’s workers frequently “hop” from job to job in pursuit of greater benefits and many companies are letting workers go in an effort to cut costs. The average American worker changes jobs ten to fifteen times during the course of his or her career, with an average tenure in each position of just 4.4 years. As a result of this trend, more employers are using non-compete agreements to protect what they perceive as company property.