Posts By: Michael Gaul

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 »

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 »