Posts By: Michael Gaul

The Days of Raw Criminal Database Reporting Are Waning

The human resources community and the employment screening industry have been buzzing lately about the second largest Fair Credit Reporting Act settlement penalty in history recently handed down to a background screening provider for multiple FCRA violations.  The $2.6M settlement sent a resounding message that the practice of putting a name in a system and… Read more »

Employment Background Checks and Recidivism: Is there a connection?

According to the Department of Justice, “Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in the re-arrest, re-conviction, or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the prisoner’s release.” The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that two-thirds of ex-offenders will be rearrested for new crimes within three years… Read more »

The Rising Independent Workforce and Its Impact on Your Employment Screening Program

If you’re involved in staffing for your organization, the key statistics highlighted in a recently-released infographic from the workforce collaboration company Mavenlink, shouldn’t surprise you much. From 1995 through 2012, the total workforce of contingent workers grew by an estimated 4.3 million workers and a recent Economist Intelligence Unit report found 61% of senior executives… Read more »

[SLIDESHOW] The Triple Threat to Your Employment Background Screening Program

Does your background screening program hold up against the threats of regulation, legislation, and litigation? We recently presented a two-part series on the “triple threat” of EEOC and FTC regulation, state and federal legislation, and private party litigation in the context of corporate employment background screening programs. A slideshow combining both parts of the series… Read more »

Do the People Running Your Background Screening Program Know Enough?

(Or Just Enough to be Dangerous?) Knowing “enough to be dangerous” is cute in some situations. Gardening, for example, where the worst that can happen is a few wilted plants is a fine activity for trial and error. In hiring employees? Not so cute.  It’s simply not as easy as telling your new HR or… Read more »

Attention Indiana Employers: New Law Restricts Criminal Background Checks

As you know, criminal records are in the hot seat right now. And it’s not just the EEOC lighting the fire. Starting July 1, 2012, Indiana employers are facing a new law that significantly impacts employment background check programs throughout the state. Indiana House Bill 1033 prohibits certain pre-employment inquiries, restricts the types of criminal… Read more »

Employment Screening as a Risk Management Strategy

As the saying goes, “No risk, no reward.” Every organization has risks to face. And while it’s unrealistic to think we can prevent every loss, certain risks demand our attention. In employment screening, we address key human capital risks – those related to the “human factor” of the organization. Specifically, employment screening is designed to… Read more »

Onboard Like a Rock Star with Integrated Talent Acquisition Management

Building an effective workforce is key to competing in today’s talent-driven economy. As a background screening firm we talk a lot about screening candidates and selecting the right employees, but there are obviously many other important parts of the hiring process that impact your ability to build and maintain an effective workforce. With the high… Read more »