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What do big-box, the gig economy, and big data have in common? HR will need to know if they plan on hiring employees this year. (Photo: iStock)

Employers screening potential employees will have to be aware of a number of trends in 2017, according to the Society for Human Resources Management.

Among the big factors to remember are the complexity of rules around ban-the-box; the intricacies of dealing with the gig economy, whether potential hires are considered employees or contractors; and how big data can help, or hinder, efforts to learn more about candidates and their history.

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