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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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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SHRM Conference Report from Tuesday

One of the more enjoyable aspects of the conference is that you have an opportunity to network with, and socialize with, people from around the country. Many organizations host parties to facilitate that. The one I attended was put on by Glassdoor and was held at the Hard Rock Cafe. As an official blogger I …

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HR Predictions for 2013

  In January of 2012 I wrote a post called A Look Ahead: Predictions for 2012 (Snappy title huh?) Well it turns out I was pretty correct. It also turns out that 2013 will most likely be more of the same. So here are my HR predictions for 2013. Rules, more rules and creative interpretations …

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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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Use of a Social Security Number by an Employer

Based upon some questions I have been getting and some things I have been reading there is some confusion around the use of a social security number by an employer. Due to identity theft issues people are hesitant to provide their social security number and in turn employers need to be careful when and how that …

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Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act

A few weeks ago on HR Observations I wrote a post called Background Checks: Why the FCRA Basics Are Important in which I wrote about a company that was fined $2.6 million due to the improper use of background checks. In that post I published the following: You must have the applicants permission and signature …

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Background Checks: Why the FCRA Basics Are Important

In my opinion ALL hiring organizations should conduct thorough background checks. The expense is not all that great and the problems it may save you more than offset the cost. However, if you are going to do it there are rules you have to follow. In my consulting and teaching I find that many smaller …

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