Posts By: Michael Gaul

Hiring for the Holidays? Don’t Neglect the Background Checks

It has to be tempting for companies who hire temporary workers for the holidays to skip or cut back on the background checks. After all, these workers are part of the extended workforce whose economic value is that they have lower on-going costs to the company. By definition, there is no long-term obligation, so why… Read more »

4 Ways to Stay Out of the FCRA Line of Fire

FCRA guidelines for employers

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is over 40 years old, but it is only recently that the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of it have spiked. And unlike traditional legal actions the FTC took against credit bureaus and reporting agencies, these more recent lawsuits target check authorization services, banks, retailers, grocers, and… Read more »

If They Don’t Belong Behind the Wheel, Do They Belong in Your Workforce?

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One thing most adult Americans share is that they drive a lot. You could argue, along with a substantial majority of armchair sociologists, that our culture is built around the automobile. But when a person climbs behind the wheel, he takes his personal traits and characteristics with him: his driving is a reflection of who… Read more »

How to Use Arrest and Conviction Records When Hiring Employees

“Innocent until proven guilty” is the cornerstone of our criminal justice system. Our courts have spent a lot of time defining what constitutes proof, but the basic point is clear. The same principle applies to the difference between arrest records and convictions as applied to employment decisions under EEOC guidance: “The fact that an individual… Read more »

5 Tips for Using Criminal History in the Hiring Process

So, you want to know if your prospective employee has a criminal past? Looking into the criminal history of job applicants is a smart hiring practice. Given the high proportion of adult Americans with criminal records (the National Employment Law Project estimates 1 in four adults has a record of some kind), it is likely… Read more »

Status Report: “Ban the Box” and the Challenge for Employers

Despite how some may make it sound, spreading Ban the Box laws do not prohibit employers from using criminal background checks. Instead, the laws are designed to keep the question, “Have you been convicted of a crime?” off job applications to give applicants with a criminal history a greater chance of getting through an employer’s… Read more »