Posts By: Michael Gaul

Give Your Background Screening Process a Sniff Check

If you rely on background checks to screen candidates and employees, you already have some sort of background screening process in place. Whether formal or informal, structured or loosely-defined, there are certain steps you take to ensure each individual is screened. So, have you thought about how your process would stand up to scrutiny should… Read more »

InsideCounsel Reports on Hot Topics in Pre-Employment Screening

Carrie B. Rosen, member of the labor and employment practice group at Cozen O’Connor and contributor to InsideCounsel.com wrote a two-part series highlighting current hot topics in pre-employment screening. Besides the fact that we feel pretty amazing to be part of an industry that has just been mentioned alongside the word “hot,” we also found… Read more »

Texas State Criminal Records Prove Why Employment Screening Databases Are Suspect

The state of Texas has quite the reputation for being tough on criminals. But it apparently also has quite a problem when it comes to keeping track of its criminal records. The Star Telegram recently reported the results of a state audit that revealed significant gaps in the state’s criminal records database. According to the… Read more »

When It Comes to Employment Screening, Don’t Neglect the Federal Records

Your applicant could have a serious criminal record that might not be uncovered in a common national, state, or local criminal records search. And this could be trouble. Just last week we ran a background check on a gentleman who was applying for a job as a pharmaceutical courier. Without a federal criminal record check… Read more »

Does the Use of Employment Criminal Records Actually Reduce Discriminatory Hiring?

Two commissioners of the United States Commission on Civil Rights recently wrote to the EEOC with some remarkable findings that the use of employment criminal records may actually reduce discrimination against African Americans – men, in particular: Employers who check criminal records are more likely to hire African American men.¹ Among employers who conduct background… Read more »

Integrate Employment Screening into Your Talent Acquisition Process

The process of acquiring and onboarding new employees should be a seamless one, all the way from job requisition to onboarding. Kinks in the process can slow down your hiring process, add unnecessary costs, and ultimately, cause you to lose good candidates. In contrast, a smooth talent acquisition solution will save time, reduce costs, and… Read more »

Would Simon Cowell Show’s Background Check Decision Hold Up in Court?

If reality shows were held to the same EEOC standards as employers, would Simon Cowell’s reality show pass the test? British network ITV, which broadcasts the Cowell-created show “Red or Black”, decided to eliminate three contestants on basis of their criminal records. As a Reuters news article reported, ITV dropped three contestants from a current… Read more »

SHRM Survey Finds HR Avoids the Use of Social Media and Search Engines for Employment Screening

The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) released the findings from part two of a series of surveys focusing on the use of social media in the workplace. The survey of 541 randomly-selected HR professionals within the job function of recruiting/staffing sought to discover how social networking websites and search engines are used by HR… Read more »

Employment Background Checks Gone Wrong

ABC News released an article on August 29, 2011 covering what can happen when consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) provide employers with misinformation. The article, “Background Check Wrongly Says Job Seeker is Sex Offender,” recalls the story of an individual who was in the final hiring phase for a new job when a background check wrongly… Read more »