Top 10 Employee Background Screening Posts For 2010

December 17, 2010


Social screening candidates, increasingly complex compliance issues for employers and workplace violence articles were the most widely-read posts from our blog in 2010.  Stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed of the latest trends, best practices and legal compliance issues for employee background screening in 2011.

Below you’ll find our most widely-read posts of the year:

  1. Q&A On Using Social Networks For Background Screening
  2. Social Media And Employee Background Screening
  3. 8 Tips On How Employers Can Minimize Risk Of Workplace Violence
  4. Is Your Employee Background Screening Policy Up To Date?
  5. Everything You Need To Know About Form I-9 Compliance
  6. Legislative Alert – Maryland HB175 Seeks to Limit Use of Credit Reports by Employers
  7. Hundreds Of Felons Admitted To Ohio Schools
  8. How To Reduce The Risk Of Workplace Violence
  9. Over 100 Employee Background Screening Resources
  10. 10 Things You Probably Don’t Want To Post On Facebook If You’re Looking For A Job


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FYI Screening On Twitter

August 19, 2010


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One of the best ways to tap into our vast source of information is to follow us on Twitter.

Here is a sampling of tweets from the past two weeks:

  • Ohio bill going too far to protect ex-convicts? Police would have to seal files, media delete old stories #in #hr
  • Employee Background Screening News: Former felons feel boxed in by crime question
  • #Privacy Alert: 60% of Americans don’t know copiers store images on hard drives (watch the video)
  • MA employers need to review their background check policies to comply with new state law (PDF via Ogletree, Deakins)
  • IL joins other states in making it illegal for employers to use credit histories to evaluate job seekers #hr #in #jobs
  • Governor Signs CORI Reform Prohibiting MA Employers from Inquiring About Criminal Convictions on “Initial” Applications
  • Background check news: NYC lawsuit: Census Bureau discriminated in hiring #hr #emplaw

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Q&A On Using Social Networks For Background Screening

January 26, 2010


I found an excellent Q&A regarding employee background screening on Human Resource Executive Online.


Can you provide the parameters for HR in the use of information discovered on the Web, such as Facebook, as it applies to job applicants?


Social networks and blogging sites can provide an inexpensive and easy way for employers to gather a plethora of information about potential job applicants. However, employers should think twice about using information found on social-networking sites to make employment decisions because the use of such information could lead to the potential risk of employer liability.

This is because these sites contain information about job applicants that employers would not be permitted to ask about during any job interview. Therefore, using, and in some cases, simply accessing these pages for employment purposes can result in violations of various anti-discrimination statutes, privacy laws, state “off-duty” conduct statutes, and federal and state Fair Credit Reporting Acts.

For the complete article click here.

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The Best Of FYI Screening 2009

December 30, 2009


2009 was a year that social media surged and the use of social networks for employee background screening was frequently debated. We saw resume fraud, diploma mills and fake employment websites flourish.  During this time we’ve used our blog to keep you informed of these trends, best practices and legal compliance issues.  Look to FYI Screening for more of this in 2010.

Below you’ll find our most widely-read posts of the year:

  1. The Importance Of Post-Hire Background Checks
  2. 4 Tips On How To Use Social Networks For Employee Screening
  3. The Dangers of Using Social Networks for Employee Screening
  4. Diploma Mills: Degrees of Deception
  5. 5 Legal Reasons Why Your Company Should Have a Social Networking Policy
  6. The Other Background Check: What Does Google Have To Say About You?
  7. Resume Fraud A Growing Concern
  8. Twitter and Employment Law Issues
  9. Job Applicants Are More Likely To Lie As The Recession Grows
  10. The Pitfalls Of Using Social Networking To Screen Potential Employees

Happy New Year!

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Best Employee Screening Articles For October & November 2009

December 2, 2009

In case you missed any of our employee screening articles for October and November, here’s a quick recap of our most popular:

Smart, Compliant Hiring Decisions Made Easy

FYI Screening offers a wide array of customized background screening solutions to meet any need. Human Resources and Loss Prevention Professionals in numerous industries worldwide trust FYI’s screening solutions every day to make smarter, safer and more cost effective hiring decisions.

How To Protect Your Company When Googling Job Applicants

November 12, 2009


Earlier this week I wrote how 100% Of Companies Will Be Using Social Networks As Part Of Their Employee Screening Program By 2012.

Jon Hyman from the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog read this post and offers some advice on how employers can protect themselves when they use social networks to screen applicants.

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100% Of Companies Will Be Using Social Networks As Part Of Their Employee Screening Program By 2012

November 9, 2009

Dan Schawbel, a personal branding expert, gives his 10 Personal Branding Predictions for 2010.  The one that caught my attention was number ten:

10) Online identities becoming as routine as employer drug tests

In 2009, Careerbuilder reported that 45% of companies are using social networks as background checks.  I’m going to go with 75% of companies for 2010 and then 100% of companies in 2012.  Just like a drug test, going online to review an applicants brand is easy, cost effective and can save headaches later.  There are issues that arise such as possibly losing good talent because of one Facebook picture or judging someone based on their picture and not on their credibility.

What this means for your personal brand: Everyone is going to have to be very careful with what they put online.  Go through your online presence right now to make sure it best represents you as a professional.  Try and see your profiles through a companies eyes too.

The topic of using social networks for background checks has been controversial because of the possible legal exposure but I’m going to have to agree with Dan here…

100% of companies will be using social networks as part of their employee screening program by 2012.

It is important it note that these social searches will not replace traditional background checks (county criminal searches, verification of driving records, education and employment) but will be an increasingly important tool to help companies find the best fit employees for their organizations.

Read Dan’s 10 Personal Branding Predictions for 2010.

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Best Employee Screening Articles For August & September 2009

October 1, 2009

human_resourcesIn case you missed any of our employee screening articles for August and September, here’s a quick recap of our most popular:

Smart, Compliant Hiring Decisions Made Easy

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The Pros & Cons of Googling Candidates

September 28, 2009

Kris Dunn, an outspoken HR Pro who blogs over at the offers his take on using social media for employee screening.

Googling Candidates: The Trenches Say You Can’t Afford NOT To….

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Top 10 Articles On Employee Screening

August 28, 2009

Since we’ve had an increase in readers to our employee screening blog, I thought it would be a good idea to make the new folks aware of our most viewed articles.

Here they are:

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