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7 Privacy Rights You’re Losing At Work

“The workplace is becoming ever more micro-managed at the expense of personal privacy. Here are just a few examples of how these protections we used to take for granted have been taken away in recent years.” –

Background Checks For Consumer Safety (pdf) 

Testimony of Lucia Bone (@SueWeaverCAUSE) before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.  Sue Weaver CAUSE is a nonprofit, founded in memory of Lucia Bone’s sister, Sue Weaver. Promoting background checks for consumer safety. -

Home Depot Becomes Latest Retailer Sued for Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

“The employment application process has become increasingly complex and a growing source of litigation for retailers and other employers. Home Depot Inc. was recently slapped with a lawsuit alleging that the behemoth retailer runs background checks on employees and job applicants without properly notifying them or providing copies of the reports before taking adverse action against them over the reports’ findings.” –

Background Screening Report Reveals Retail Industry Trends

“The report takes an in-depth look at retailers’ background check habits including what checks are run, what positions are screened and how retailers are reacting to EEOC guidance and ban-the-box laws.  Retailers were asked to rank their various reasons for performing background checks, showing that safety is their biggest concern.” –

1. Safer work environment
2. Hire better employees
3. Customer safety
4. Shrink reduction
5. Protect brand and image

Crime Victims, Small Businesses Blast EEOC’s Background Checks Guidance

“Small businesses contend the EEOC’s guidance on using criminal background checks is so confusing that they could still be sued by the agency even if they tried to follow it.” –

Want To Read Uber’s Background Check Policy?

“The background check process for drivers working for the popular ridesharing app Uber has been in the news lately. The $17 billion startup has been plagued by accusations that safety is not enough of a priority. Uber recently announced that it would subject itself to an audit, to be carried out by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.” –

Illinois Joins Other States Restricting Employer Use Of Criminal Background Checks

“Illinois now joins increasingly numerous jurisdictions that restrict employers’ use of criminal background checks in hiring. More specifically, in restricting employers’ use of criminal history, Illinois joins Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Rhode Island, plus numerous municipalities including Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle, Buffalo, Newark, San Francisco and Louisville.” -

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

“A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from to”

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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.” –

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

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.”  –

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.” –

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.” –

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.” -

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.” –

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.” –

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.”  –

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Liar Liar Pants On Fire – What’s Hot in Background Screening News

April 2, 2013


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.

Can you spot the fake reference?

Sites offering fake reference services continue to spring up. A company called the Reference Store provides fake references for professionals with questionable work histories. The founder of the business said his site fabricates professional resumes and provides credible telephone references for as little as $50.

This is a good time to review your Facebook privacy settings

Facebook has a new tool called Graph Search that lets you search for people based on their Facebook activity. The new tool searches across all of Facebook and you need to be aware of posts from family, friends, and coworkers that may contain information about you that ought to be private, especially photos and videos.

Facebook Photos Reveal Employee Dishonesty, Termination of RN on FMLA Leave

A registered nurse (RN) claimed she could walk and stand only for limited periods and required FMLA leave. Her coworkers discovered Facebook photos that told a different story.

You will be Googled

Chances are high that a recruiter or hiring manager will Google you online before offering you an interview or job. Here are five easy things you can do to manage your online reputation.

New I-9 Form Finally Released; Employers Must Use It by May 7

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the release of the new I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. All employers are required to use the new I-9 immediately to verify the identity and employment authorization eligibility of their employees.

When HR Googles A Candidate, Everyone Loses

“When HR googles a candidate, everyone loses. If you want to know who you are hiring, ask that person. Then hire a third-party background check organization to verify what you have been told. That’s called recruiting.”

12 simple steps to safer social networking

“It’s impossible to remain completely anonymous while you’re using social media—anonymity would defeat the point—but every network has a few key, commonly overlooked privacy settings that take only minutes to set up and drastically improve the security of your shared data.”

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Insanely Simple Employee Background Screening

June 15, 2012

I recently read Ken Segall’s new book “Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success”. Ken Segall is an advertising executive who worked closely with Steve Jobs for over 12 years at NeXT and Apple. He’s the guy who came up with the iconic iMac name and helped develop Apple’s famous “Think different” campaign.

The book takes you on an entertaining and insightful journey through Steve Jobs’ world. You understand how Jobs’ love of Simplicity made Apple one of the most successful companies in the world.

This got me thinking about my own company and how much I love Simplicity. Employee background screening is a complicated process that is getting more complicated every day. But we make it simple. Our cloud-based employee screening software is incredibly easy to use.

You log in, enter the applicant’s SSN, a few clicks to verify the information and your background check gets ordered. No more time consuming data entry and errors. We make sure you receive an accurate, compliant background check.


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Employers Beware – What’s Hot in Background Screening News

March 2, 2012


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

FTC Warns Marketers That Mobile Apps May Violate FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission warned marketers of six mobile applications that provide background screening apps that they may be violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The FTC warned the apps marketers that, if they have reason to believe the background reports they provide are being used for employment screening, housing, credit, or other similar purposes, they must comply with the Act.

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The Domino’s Effect: How Following the Letter of the FCRA Could Save your Business from a Litigation Chain Reaction

The recent decision of Singleton v. Domino’s Pizza highlights the danger for employers of not complying with the letter of the FCRA. Several delivery drivers filed a putative class action against Domino’s in federal court in Maryland. The case presented a number of issues, including whether Domino’s disclosure form complied with the FCRA despite also including a liability release.

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Pepsi and Criminal Background Checks: Beyond the Buzz

Some of you may have heard in the news that Pepsi Beverages recently agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle a racial discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) involving criminal background checks. It seems Pepsi used criminal background checks to screen out not only job applicants with criminal convictions, but also those arrested for or convicted of minor offenses. What does this case mean for employers? Do you conduct criminal background checks on your job applicants? Judging from the buzz in the media, the subject of criminal background checks for job applicants is a real hot button! Employers who do not screen candidates are vulnerable to negligent hiring suits if the employee either steals from the company or commits some other type of crime— especially if pre-employment screening could have prevented the situation.

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Ohio Tries to Ease Job Hunts of Ex-Cons

Gov. John Kasich’s administration is working with private organizations to help knock down barriers created for past offenders by 800 sanctions attached to scores of laws. The state still will conduct criminal-background checks on job applicants, but only after initial screening based on qualifications.

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Behind the Mask: How to Effectively Evaluate a Candidate Before Interviewing

Have you ever been surprised to find out that you were completely wrong about someone you thought you knew? This can happen in the workplace too, but with bigger consequences. Sometimes a great new hire doesn’t turn out to be the shining star they appeared to be during the interview process. There are some important factors to consider when making major hiring decisions that can help you avoid hiring a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

The bottom line of the information you’re about to read is this: Get to know your hires as well as possible before you make them an offer and definitely before they show up to work and begin to display their true colors!

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Colorado Trying to Limit Use of Credit Checks in Employment

Colorado Senators gave initial approval to a measure restricting employers from using consumer credit information against job applicants unless the job they’re applying for is in the financial or security sectors.

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Illinois Online Dating Crackdown: Criminal Background Checks Could Be Coming To State Sites

Anyone who has ever joined an online dating site can probably speak about the risks: the creepy messages, bad dates and failed relationships. But Illinois lawmakers believe there is more than just emotional danger lurking online, and could muscle dating sites into requiring criminal background checks.

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Top 10 Employee Background Screening Posts For 2011

December 27, 2011


The use of credit and criminal history records in employment screening were the most widely-read posts from our blog in 2011. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed of the latest trends, best practices and legal compliance issues for employee background screening in 2012.

Our most widely-read posts of the year:

  1. Lying On Your Resume Is Not Good For Your Career
  2. How To Use Credit Reports For Employment Background Checks
  3. Is It Legal For An Employer To Charge A Potential Employee For A Background Check?
  4. Six Myths About Using Credit Reports For Employment Screening
  5. 3 Myths About Employing People With Criminal Histories
  6. People With Criminal Records “Need Not Apply”
  7. EEOC Examines Arrest and Conviction Records as a Hiring Barrier
  8. Do You Do Social Media Background Checks?
  9. How To Check Your Own Employment Eligibility In The United States
  10. The Importance of Quality Background Checks – What’s Hot in Background Screening News

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