In what could become the largest-ever employer-related settlement claim, a Federal Court judge ruled that school bus contractor, First Student, is part of a proposed $5.9 million settlement fixed to criminal background checks that were conducted without written permission. Perhaps we shouldn’t be shocked to hear that anyone might be doing employment screening without consent… Read more »
Posts By: Michael Gaul
Not to be opportunists but the recent bus accident in New York is salient example of what can happen to a company when an employee is implicated negatively and there is loss of life. When there is even the most remote chance that someone acted irresponsibly, or worse, failed to act, the rush to judgment… Read more »
Findings offer important implications for criminal background checks at nursing facilities At the request of a member of Congress, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released the results of its evaluation of Medicare and Medicaid nursing facilities to measure and assess the existence of employees with criminal convictions at facilities nationwide. The findings are… Read more »
We frequently read of negligent suits brought on by claimants who contend they were injured in some way by an accused subject whose owed duty of care was not upheld. In other words, individuals, groups, or organizations failing to uphold a legal duty of care while performing an act that could foreseeably cause damage to… Read more »
Ronald Reagan once famously said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” I’m betting a leadership team in Denver isn’t feeling particularly well served right now. Denver-based burrito chain, Chipotle, is reportedly subject to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) review of 60… Read more »
A unanimous ruling in the privacy rights case brought by JPL scientists and researchers says background checks conducted by NASA are appropriate. Announced earlier this month, the case of NASA v Nelson resulted in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court to allow the standard federal employment background check – typically the National Agency Check… Read more »
Fleet Alert® is an affordable automated solution to easily monitor driver records and backgrounds for improved safety and fleet management. Today we announced the release of our latest background screening solution for the transportation industry. Fleet Alert® acts as a fleet risk management system; however, unlike a typical fleet management system that is focused on… Read more »
In an effort to save costs and undercut competitors’ prices, some background screening companies choose to outsource some or all of their employment screening duties to lower-cost overseas suppliers. These screening companies are, unfortunately, not obligated to disclose their off-shoring practices, leaving you, your applicants, and your employees unaware that personally identifiable information may be… Read more »
A recent two-part article written by well-known HR thought leader, Dr. John Sullivan, and published on ERE.net explored the question, “What’s Wrong with Reference Checking?” Pretty much everything, was the overarching opinion. In part one, Dr. Sullivan included a long list of factors that routinely plague the reference check process and suggested that the only… Read more »
Corporate leaders, physicians, pharmacists, and teachers are other examples of positions that carry a significant level of trust and influence over fellow employees, customers, and the public at large.
In such cases, the need for background screening extends beyond the norm.