Posts By: Michael Gaul

Should You Check Your Employees’ Federal Criminal Record Backgrounds?

Hiring a new employee is a complex, multifaceted undertaking. On top of identifying a qualified candidate who will be the right cultural fit, it is also your responsibility to build a safe and productive workforce. One way to improve your hiring decisions is through background checks, including criminal records searches. A typical criminal records check… Read more »

When Should Employers Use a National Criminal Database Search?

Background checks are an important part of the hiring process. However, not all background checks are created equally. While local county criminal records offer the most accurate information to employers, they come at a higher price point. A national criminal database search is comparably, more affordable, and offers a tempting shortcut to employers. However, the… Read more »

The Millennial Churn: What It Means for Employers

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Turnover is always a concern for employers. Among many issues, the loss of an employee means the loss of the investment you put into hiring and training that person, the loss of institutional knowledge they accumulated on the job, and the potential damage to morale of co-workers, a result of seeing a fellow employee leave…. Read more »

How the Opioid Crisis is Impacting Employee Drug Screening

Drug abuse is on the rise across the United States and prescription opioids top the list for substance abuse. Between 1999 and 2014, prescription opioid sales almost quadrupled while the amount of pain reported remained constant. Opioid misuse carries high societal costs. In 2013, the abuse of prescription opioids resulted in $78.5-billion in total costs… Read more »

How to Adapt Your Screening Processes to the Growing Contingent Workforce

Today, 34% of the American workforce is made up of freelancers, contractors, or gig workers. This group, known as ‘the contingent workforce,’ is steadily growing. To give you some perspective, between 2014 and 2017, the U.S. workforce grew by 2.6%. Comparatively, the number of freelancers rose by 8.1%. At this rate of growth, contingent workers… Read more »

3 Key Aspects of the EEOC Adverse Action Guidelines

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issues its guidance on many employment-related topics, but the Enforcement Guidance regarding arrest and conviction records is one of the more compelling and important items for employers, as so many are impacted. In an economy where more than one in four U.S. adults have a criminal record, it’s… Read more »

What the Law Says About Adverse Action

Adverse action in employment (the process of denying an employment opportunity to a candidate or employee because of something revealed in a background check) can land an employer in a rugged territory of cross-cutting laws and regulations. With the increased coverage of Ban the Box laws in many state and local jurisdictions overlapping the federal… Read more »

The Case for Re-Screening Employees

While pre-employment screening is commonplace in the hiring process, re-screening is notably less so. In fact, 48% of employers do not re-screen employees after the initial background check. To protect the safety of your workplace and affirmatively demonstrate due diligence, it is a best practice to continue screening throughout an employee’s tenure. Relying solely on… Read more »

5 Questions to Test Your FCRA Adverse Action Smarts

Are you up to speed on adverse action? HR and hiring managers need to understand the rules and requirements of the adverse action process in order to maintain a hiring approach that is fair to applicants and avoids unintended discrimination. We put together a few questions to check your knowledge and keep you sharp. Start… Read more »