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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EEOC and FTC team up to clamp down on employers

  The EEOC and the FTC team up to emphasize rules already in existence. Part of the EEOC’s strategic plan is to insure that the use of background checks closely watched and to this effort they have teamed with the Federal Trade Commission, which is responsible for the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Nothing new None …

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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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To Hire Correctly Hire SLOW

There is no paucity of advice on how to hire people that will help you make the proper match between the individual and your needs as an employer. I have written about this topic as well here and here. As I was falling asleep the other night, during that twilight of the brain time when …

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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 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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