What to Do When a Candidate Doesn't Pass a Background Check

For many of us at some point, we are going to be faced with having to give a candidate bad news about their background check results and candidacy with our company, in other words, we are rejecting you. Often we try to soft-sell that bad news by saying “We have a candidate who more closely …

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A New Form is required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act

If, as an employer, you have ever used, or ever plan to use a Credit Reporting Agency, also known as, a background screening company, then this is something you need to pay attention to. Background screens are credit reports Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a background check has the same restrictions as does a …

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game…Are We Safe?

My favorite baseball team is headed to post-season play for the first time since 2013. My wife and I are partial season ticket holders. The reason we have these tickets is that the team built a new baseball park closer to our house and we wanted to be a part of that excitement. It has …

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The Rise of Background Screening in the Aftermath of 9/11 What has changed in background screening since that historic day?

As we acknowledge the anniversary of September 11th, 2001 I think we can all agree that the world has substantially changed. For employers, we have seen an increase in the use of background checks in the hiring process. As an outcome an increase in the perceived abuse of background checks occurred, resulting in a push-back …

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#SHRM17 Report- Technology and background checks: An Interview with First Advantage

This year at #SHRM17 I was focusing more on future views and technology such at Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what companies were doing to incorporate these advances in technology. Last year at #SHRM16 I interviewed Michael Pilnick of First Advantage. In that interview I had asked Pilnick what he saw as the challenges his industry …

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A #SHRM16 Interview with Ray Bixler of SkillSurvey

I have to admit that I have long said that reference checks have limited value. Let me differentiate that from background checks of which I am a big proponent. However, after interviewing Ray Bixler of SkillSurvey I may have to change my tune. Getting rid of the phone According to Bixler, who has been the …

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Should Employers “Ban the Box”?

  There are an increasing number of jurisdictions that are joining the “ban the box” movement, the most recent being the state of Delaware. The “ban the box” campaign is the movement to get the question about criminal convictions or history removed from all employment applications. My question is “Should employers ‘ban the box’?” EEOC …

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ALERT: Credit Report Forms Change January 1, 2013

  While you are partying and watching football on January 1 a new regulation goes into effect. It will have an IMMEDIATE EFFECT on how your business must conduct background checks through third-party companies. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The CFPB is a one year old agency that has taken over the enforcement of the Fair …

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EEOC Issues New Restrictions On the Use of Background Checks

  On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 reinforcing and adding stronger restrictions on the use of background checks by employers. “Wait, I thought …

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Use of Background Checks Requires Common Sense

I have written an number of times on the importance of and the use of background checks. You can find those previous posts by clicking on these titles: Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Background Checks: Why the FCRA Basics Are Important, and Credit Checks: Yes or No? At Omega HR Solutions, Inc. we …

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