Posts By: Michael Gaul

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 »

The Rationale for Pre-Employment Drug Screening and Random Drug Testing

Substance abuse is a widespread problem that affects society and the workplace alike. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports the following alarming statistics about substance abuse in the workplace: 77% of illicit drug users are currently employed. More than 60% of adults know someone who has worked under the influence of alcohol… Read more »

Philadelphia to Enact “Ban the Box” Law for Employment Applications

The recently announced Philadelphia law, which will go into effect on July 17th, 2011 will “ban the box” on employment applications. The “box” in question is the question commonly found on employment applications that asks applicants to check if they’ve been convicted of a crime. What does the “ban the box” law say, specifically? The… Read more »

Do Employment Background Checks Take More Effort Than They’re Worth?

As a business owner or hiring manager, you’re likely already using employment background checks or have at least considered using them to screen your applicants and employees. One reason employers neglect to background check their employees is the belief that the process requires more effort than it’s worth. To evaluate this belief it’s important to… Read more »

Alleged Rapist Passed the School District’s Criminal Background Check

The recent story of a school district employee hired with a rape allegation on his record is enough to make us all cringe. We see the headlines and wonder how someone like this can pass a background check? To answer this question we need to examine the numerous ways “criminal background checks” can be performed…. Read more »

NELP Report Claims Widespread Abuse of Employment Criminal Background Checks

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), a nonprofit research and employment advocacy group, released a report in March of this year that claims to have uncovered employment discrimination cases involving employment criminal background checks and some of the nation’s largest employers. Specifically, the study surveyed Craigslist postings across the nation and says to have found… Read more »

Background Screening and the Revised EEOC ADA Regulations: What You Need to Know

You may recall the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA).  Effective Jan 1, 2009 the ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.”  In turn, it also required the EEOC to amend its own ADA regulations to reflect those found in the ADAAA. If you employ 15 or more employees, if… Read more »