In April 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order meant to strengthen the Buy American Act. This new order supports efforts to buy American products and supplies when possible and to hire American workers when possible. This rule could have a tremendous impact on employers, especially those who work with the federal government, but how much of an effect this will have is not yet clear.
Up-and-coming companies obviously want to succeed, and many look to super-successful companies like Uber for advice. However, in the case of Uber, the company has made a number of missteps over the past few years that serve as lessons to other employers. While Uber itself has certainly changed the employment landscape and provided opportunities for many, other employers should look at the lessons from those other issues and adjust how they (the employers, not the issues) do business accordingly.
As an employer, you know that the process of screening and hiring new applicants comes with a significant level of responsibility. You want to make the best possible decisions, ensuring that new hires will be able to safely and reliably perform the duties of the job and fit well into your overall company culture. You are tasked with the need to conduct a thorough screening process while also carefully avoiding any real or perceived violations of state and Federal anti-discrimination laws.