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First Intel Group offices will be
CLOSED this coming Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.
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Met with Congressman Webster at Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses Board of Directors' Meeting. Says situation at VA will get better -- it's a big ship and will time to turn around.
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First Intel Group CEO and Volunteers from SCORE presented a 2 day Boots to Business Workshop focusing on Business Plans, Economics, and Marketing to a group of Active Duty Military transitioning to civilian life, Veterans, and their Spouses.

Entrepreneurship and small business ownership are key opportunities for service members as they transition into civilian life.
Transitioning veterans are natural entrepreneurs, possessing the training, experience, and leadership skills to start businesses and create jobs.
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Employee Background Screening Programs That Fail to Incorporate EEOC Guidance under Attack

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed class actions against two well known employers—BMW and Dollar General—on the theory that their employee background screening programs had a disparate impact on African-Americans, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  These cases reinforce the need for employers to revisit their background screening policies and decision-making processes.
The BWM and Dollar General class actions are important not only because they continue the three-year trend of heightened attacks on employee background checks, but also because they reflect the first attempt by the EEOC to enforce its 2012 guidance on employers’ use of criminal history information.
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Background Screening Trends to Watch

According to the National Employment Law Project “American workers are treading water in the worst labor market since the Great Depression. To keep afloat, U.S. workers need strong policies and protections to support their ability to find work—their lifeline to economic and social stability. Yet an estimated 65 million U.S. adults who have criminal records often confront barriers that prevent even the most qualified from securing employment”.  See full story at http://firstintelgroup.com/background-screening-trends-to-watch/
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Supporting America's Finest -- First Intel Group attended a Theresa Sareo concert Friday, February 8, 2014 in support of the organization Supporting America's Finest. A truly breath taking event. Supporting America's Finest, Inc. was created in 2010 in support of our injured military men and women. Proceeds from the concert were donated to the Gramatica Family Foundation. To support this worthy cause please go to https://supportingamericasfinest.org/donations/ to make your donation.
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Benefits of Conducting Background Checks
Our focus is on protecting your business, minimizing your risk, and enhancing your ROI …

Background Screening

While there are very real benefits to background screening involving personal safety and company reputation, the truth is a business owner likes to know that the expense of background checks pays off in dollars and cents. Our experience has shown us that the return on investment for the screening process is huge. In fact, you can weigh the cost of screening a new employee against every single potential downside expense and realize a profit in the balance. Consider the potential cost of:

http://firstintelgroup.com/benefits-to-background-checks/
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St. Petersburg - Join SCORE Pinellas at this one day expo to help veteran entrepreneurs make genuine connections with other business leaders and successful entrepreneurs.  The expo will be held at the Hilton Carillon from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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Record-setting I-9 fines are rare, which is what makes today’s article so unique!  Today, after a few weeks of hinting the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the largest immigration-related violation fine against tech giant Infosys Limited (INFY), a publicly traded company. - See more at: http://www.lawlogix.com/blog/doj-announces-biggest-i9-fines-ever-34million
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