Posts By: Michael Gaul

How to Select a Background Screening Company

As a human resources manager or business owner who is charged with finding and selecting the best candidates for your workplace, a background screening company is one of the many partners you’ll rely on to get the job done right. A good screening company will deliver quick, accurate, comprehensive reports using sound practices to mitigate… Read more »

Watch the Clock in Adverse Action for Employment

In following the Fair Credit Reporting Act for Adverse Action Employment, Timing Matters A few years back, when the economy was booming, the challenge for employers in general and HR recruiters specifically was to hire all the workers they needed to fulfill the high demand for their products and services. Today the challenge is exactly… Read more »

Where is the “Why?” in Your Employment Background Screening Program?

In working with employers we often come across companies that simply want to “check a box” with their background screening efforts. Typically their motivation to run an employment background check stems from a need to satisfy some real or arbitrary requirement and they’re not necessarily focused on the bigger picture of how their efforts contribute… Read more »

Check Your Employee's Right to Work with E-Verify I-9 Verification

E-Verify I-9 verification system protects employers. The nature of today’s global workforce leaves employers with both the benefits of access to worldwide talent and the obligation to employ only those individuals with a legal right to work. The presence of undocumented workers who have secured jobs by fraudulent means, including presentation of false documents, completion… Read more »

Understanding Criminal Background Checks for Employment

Regardless your personal belief about the value of employee criminal record checks, one thing cannot be denied: Employers have a responsibility to take reasonable measures to create a safe workplace and workforce. Because of this, many employers (as much as 80% of corporate America) use criminal background checks to help predict how an individual’s past… Read more »

4 Things Employers Should Know about Employment Verifications

Employment verifications are one of many screening tools employers use to determine an individual’s suitability for employment. Considering as many as 40% of all resumes contain some type of inaccuracy or outright misrepresentation, verifying a candidate’s past makes a whole lot of sense. Employment verifications range from employment history verifications and employment reference checks to… Read more »

Recent Scrutiny of Employment Background Screening: Unfair or Legitimate?

As lawmakers and government entities look for ways to help the U.S. economy recover from recent financial turmoil, consumer protection has come to the forefront. Legislators and others seeking to bolster employment opportunities have scrutinized background screening, particularly the use of credit reports and criminal records. While some would call this scrutiny unfair and unjust,… Read more »

Are National Criminal Background Checks Enough?

When it comes to screening potential or current employees, it may be tempting to rely on quick and inexpensive national criminal background checks. Since national records can be gathered with an instant database search, the checks are quick and inexpensive and therefore easy to consider as done. But is a national search enough? Will it… Read more »

Considering Employee Criminal Background Checks? Ask Yourself this Question.

Is an employee’s past behavior the best predictor of their future? Your answer to this question may determine the importance you place on the employee criminal background checks as a factor in your hiring decision. Regardless of your personal beliefs about the value of a criminal background check, employers most certainly do carry a responsibility… Read more »