Posts By: Michael Gaul

10 FCRA Adverse Action Dos and Don’ts

When you’re considering denying employment as a result of a background check, your adverse action process takes over. The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that employers follow a process that begins before a final decision is made. Its intent is to protect candidates and employees from unfair employment-related decisions. To help you, here… Read more »

How to Explain FCRA Adverse Action to Your Applicants

Sometimes the person you are considering for employment gives you a reason to reconsider. When this “reconsidering” is due to information found on a background check you’ve ordered from a third-party provider and you decide you may have to disqualify the candidate based on what you found, adverse action protocol kicks in. You understand adverse… Read more »

How the Narrowing of Job Application Questions Impacts Your Hiring

On January 1st of this year, a California state law to restrict the use of salary history in the hiring process went into effect. This makes California the latest—and by far the largest—jurisdiction to join a growing trend to further restrict the use of background information in evaluating job candidates. Although these early laws have… Read more »

Top 7 Employment Screening Articles from 2017

Best practices, continuous screening, and OTR driver background checks are just a few of the topics that dominated the Proforma Screening Solutions Employment Screening Blog in 2017. Here we provide a summary of our 7 most-read articles from 2017. 1. 4 Ways to Protect Your Company from Common Background Screening Pitfalls Background screening is widely… Read more »

What You Should Know About the DOT Expansion of Drug Testing Panel

The epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse is causing a revision in mandatory drug testing of employees in regulated industries. Included in this change, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently issued revised regulations that add 4 semi-synthetic opioids to the drug-testing panel, effective on January 1, 2018.  Time is of the essence for employers… Read more »

When, Why, and How to Check Your Job Applicant’s Credit History

A few years ago, in the aftermath of the deep recession, a lot of ordinary citizens suffered financial losses that damaged their credit history. One reaction to this was a concern that employers would use credit history in making hiring decisions, potentially unfairly discriminating against otherwise responsible candidates. Several states did pass laws regulating how… Read more »