Posts By: Michael Gaul

Free Webinar – Employment Verifications and Reference Checks: “There Must Be a Better Way”

“The throttle for growth for any great company is not the markets, technology, competition or products. It is one thing above all others; the ability to get and keep the right people.” This quote comes from Jim Collins, author of the book Good to Great, and it’s one we tend to frequently repeat around here…. Read more »

The Background Credit Check Under Fire: Fair or Not?

Is an Employer’s Use of Background Credit Checks Appropriate? Under fire from consumers, state legislators, and the EEOC, the background check utilized by employers to judge individuals’ suitability for certain jobs is being challenged. The use of background checks and specifically the background credit check has been under intensifying debate among national and state officials… Read more »

Background Checks for School Volunteers: Necessary or Not?

A school district wouldn’t think of hiring an employee to work in its schools without first conducting a background check on the individual. In fact, most state have made this practice a statutory requirement making it highly unlikely that any organization that hires workers with access to children will not require screening their employees. When… Read more »

The True Cost of Employee Turnover

How does employee turnover affect your bottom line? Employee turnover— HR professionals and company accountants understand it costs money, but the true cost of turnover is often widely underestimated. It may be shocking to you, but researchers estimate the cost to replace an employee totals anywhere from 30% to 150% of an employee’s annual compensation…. Read more »

Supreme Court Weighs Challenge to Background Checks

NASA v. Nelson is a case brought by twenty eight scientists, engineers, and other employees at the California Institute of Technology (CIT) who are under contract at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The individuals have challenged a relatively new standardized questionnaire that was put in place in 2005 by the federal government in the wake of… Read more »

California SB 909 Requires Consent to Send Personal Information Offshore

In case you haven’t heard, employers in California have a new rule to follow when conducting employment background checks.  It’s a rule that we firmly support. California SB 909 was signed into law on September 29, 2010 and requires Consumer Reporting Agencies (a.k.a. background screening firms) that instigate an investigative consumer report for employment purposes… Read more »

How to Take Action on an Employee Background Check

For employers who rely on employment screening and background checks as part of the employee selection process, knowing how to handle the resulting reports is essential. The ability to articulate what behavior is absolutely unacceptable in the workplace and establishing a framework by which less serious behavior is evaluated makes it easier for employers to… Read more »