Posts By: Michael Gaul

“Unemployed Workers Need Not Apply.” Where’s the Logic in That Talent Acquisition Strategy?

Today’s job market is not the best it’s ever been. Not even close. With more than 14 million Americans officially unemployed (just over 9% of the population) and almost half of those jobless for more than six months, chances are good that an employer with positions to fill will have applications from individuals who are… Read more »

EEOC Examines Arrest and Conviction Records as a Hiring Barrier

Remember the old Robert Johnson blues song where the protagonist goes down to the crossroads to meet the devil and make a bargain? Well, I went over to NoMa neighborhood of Washington, DC yesterday to watch the EEOC begin the process of formally reviewing the need for guidance surrounding the use of criminal records for… Read more »

Who’s Background Screening Your Independent Contractors?

When a worker representing your company commits an intentional or unintentionally-harmful act – i.e. data breach, auto accident, assault, theft, etc. – does it really matter if that person is a full time employee or simply an outside/independent contractor? In your eyes it might. But in the eyes of your customers and other outsiders (think… Read more »

EEOC to Discuss Use of Criminal Records in Employment Screening

Coming up on July 26, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a hearing on the use of criminal records for employment screening purposes. The hearing, which will be held in Washington, D.C. is predicted to be a critical step in the Commission’s adoption of policies that could significantly impact how employers use criminal… Read more »

Illinois Senate Addresses Employment Background Checks for Group Home Workers

The Chicago Tribune recently reported new legislation approved by the Illinois Senate geared toward increasing safety among workers in group home settings. Known as Paul’s Law, the legislation is named for 42 year-old Paul McCann – a resident of a downstate group home who was brutally murdered by an employee at the facility. It passed… Read more »

What to Think of a Registry for Murderers

When one of the nation’s most liberal states takes on something like a murder registry, it’s worthy of attention and easy to imagine a growing trend. The Illinois senate recently approved legislation aimed toward creating a registry for individuals released from prison after they’ve served a sentence for murder. “Andrea’s Law” — named after Andrea… Read more »

Is it Really That Hard to Ask Permission for Pre-Employment Screening?

We’ve written frequently in our blog about the importance of complying with—and understanding—federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) laws for pre-employment screening. Failing to comply puts your company at risk and could cost you—big. One of the easiest tasks involved in FCRA compliance is to gain the consent of a job applicant before conducting a… Read more »

12 Dos and Don’ts of Pre Employment Screening

Pre employment screening is relied upon by nearly 80% of corporate America – and for good reason. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, every dollar invested in employment screening can result in a $5 – $16 return on investment, stemming from higher productivity, lower absenteeism, a decrease in turnover, and less risk of employer… Read more »