Spring is Here – What’s Hot in Background Screening News

March 20, 2014

crocus2Happy Spring! Welcome to another edition of “What’s hot in employee background screening news”. If you want to make smarter business decisions, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the interesting items that recently caught our attention.

Obama Administration Warns Employers About Overzealous Background Checks

“The Obama administration continues to warn employers about doing criminal and other background checks that could disparately impact minorities and other groups protected by discrimination laws.” – bizjournals.com

Colorado Employers Increase Testing For Drug Use

“Some employers are taking a tougher stance against workers’ drug use since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, according to a new workplace survey. One in five Colorado employers reported that they have implemented more stringent drug-testing policies in the wake of passage of Amendment 64 in 2012.” – brushnewstribune.com

New York Law Prohibits The Automatic Disqualification Of Job Applicants Based Solely On Criminal History

“Four national consumer reporting agencies have agreed to change their background check practices for job applicants with criminal convictions to comply with New York law, announced state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.  The agreements prohibit the agencies from automatically disqualifying applicants with criminal convictions and require the agencies to stop issuing automatic rejection letters and instead defer hiring decisions to employers, who must individually consider candidates. New York law prohibits the automatic disqualification of job applicants based solely on criminal history.” – westfaironline.com

Who’s Gathering Your Personal Information?

“The bottom line is that your personal information is most assuredly being collected and stored.  Just take a minute to think about who knows what you’re doing at any given moment and whether you care if your actions are being recorded.” – techlicious.com

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know

“The new brochure, Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know, offers nuts-and-bolts guidance from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) when employers consider the background of applicants and employees in hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment.”  – business.ftc.gov

Recent Lawsuit Highlights the Importance of Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

“A recent proposed class action lawsuit against Whole Foods Market California provides a reminder to employers to review their disclosure and authorization forms for FCRA compliance.” – nylaborandemploymentlawreport.com

Should Background Checks Be On Your New Employee Checklist?

“In light of the EEOC’s increasing opposition to the use of criminal records in hiring decisions and the compliance issues arising under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, employers must stay current on the law in this area and be able to show that the use of backgrounds checks is either directly related to job performance or justified by a legitimate business necessity.” -  akerman.com

Your Job Search and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

A refresher for employers and employees on credit checks in the hiring process. – hrbartender.com

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December 31, 2013

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December 23, 2013

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When Was The Last Time You Cheated? – What’s Hot in Background Screening News

November 6, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of “What’s hot in employee background screening news”. If you want to make smarter business decisions, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the interesting items that caught our attention last month.

When Was The Last Time You Cheated?

“Unethical behavior is increasingly studied by psychologists and management specialists. New research shows that as long as you didn’t think your cheating hurt anyone, you may have felt great.” – nytimes.com

Feel Free to Place Reasonable Background Check Conditions On Job Offers

“Good news for employers that have had to revoke conditional employment offers: Employers that discover disqualifying information after an offer has been tendered but before the candidate starts work are free to revoke the offer. That won’t result in a big jury award.” – This article provided by Business Management Daily.com

California Gives Break to Job Seekers With Criminal Past

“California, with the most state and local government employees in the U.S., won’t ask job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime, recognizing that a growing number of people in the workforce have criminal records.”  – bloomberg.com

If You’re Looking For a Job, Be Proactive About Any Issues That May Show Up on a Background Check

“Let a potential employer know ahead of time that you’ve had some problems with your credit. Explain why they occurred and what you have done to remedy the situation.  When it comes to criminal records, it may make sense to adopt a similarly proactive approach. If you volunteer your history, it could benefit your application. It’ll also let you put as positive a spin on the conviction as possible.” – detroitnews.com

New Database Shows Sex Offenders on Florida Campuses

“Florida college and university students and staff can now check a new online database to see if there are registered sex offenders on their campus.” – nbcmiami.com

Background Check News -California Imposes New Home Care Regulations

“California has become the latest state to tighten oversight of home health agencies that provide custodial care — help with bathing, dressing, toileting and other basic tasks — to older adults and people with disabilities.  Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act of 2013, which will require agencies to conduct background checks on workers, provide five hours of training, list aides in an online registry and obtain a license certifying their compliance with basic standards.” -  nytimes.com

Why HR Should Bet on Technology

“Your hiring efforts should never be a gamble. Using new technology increases your odds of finding the top talent your company needs to thrive.” – therecruiterslounge.com

5 Rules to Guide You If You Do Background Checks on Job Candidates

“Nearly half of employers investigate job applicants online according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. Here are five tips to guide employers when investigating job applicants online.” – theemployerhandbook.com

Target Plans to Stop Asking Prospective Employees About Their Criminal Records on Job Applications

“The announcement from the country’s second-largest retailer comes just months after Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed “Ban the Box” legislation, which will next year make it illegal for the state’s employers to ask about a job applicant’s criminal history until he or she has been selected for an interview.  The “Ban the Box” movement began gaining momentum last year when the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified that a potential employee should not be turned down solely because of a prior conviction. Ten states and more than 50 U.S. cities have passed “Ban the Box” legislation, according to the National Employment Law Project, a low-wage worker advocacy group.”  – huffingtonpost.com

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Summer Time – What’s Hot in Background Screening News

August 2, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of “What’s hot in employee background screening news”. If you want to learn more about background screening and privacy issues, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the interesting items that caught our attention last month.

The Six Social Media Faux Pas That May Cost You That Big Job

“According to this recent survey from CareerBuilder.com, the number of hiring managers who are reporting that a job candidate’s social media indiscretions have cost them a position is up nearly 10%, while the overall use social media to vet candidates continues to grow.” – weknownext.com

How to Avoid Hiring an Edward Snowden

“The Importance of the Background Check – Although there are multiple ways to protect your company from insider security breaches, the primary line of defense is the background check. You want to be able to screen for those who might expose your confidential data, whether it’s from collecting business intelligence or leaking company trade secrets.” – pursuitmag.com

Nine State Attorney Generals Warn EEOC: Your “Misguided” Position On Criminal Background Checks Is “Gross Federal Overreach”

“On July 24, 2013, the chief legal officers representing the states of Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia sent a joint letter to the five commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) with a clear message: enough is enough.” – .eeoccountdown.com

Rhode Island Joins The Private Employer “Ban-The-Box” Trend

“At the present time ban-the-box laws have been enacted in more than 50 state and local governments. While the majority of these laws apply only to public employers, there is a new “trend” applying ban-the-box laws to private employers or government contractors.” – seyfarth.com

Growing Use Of FBI Screens Raises Concerns About Accuracy, Racial Bias

“Employers are increasingly turning to the FBI’s criminal databases to screen job applicants, sparking concerns about the accuracy of the agency’s information and the potential for racial discrimination.” – washingtonpost.com

Q&A On Conducting Background Checks For Employment

“Background checks for employment have become an integral part of the hiring process. Most employers conduct some form of background check as standard practice. However, employers need to be sure to be in compliance with EEOC requirements as well as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws.” – hr.blr.com

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