Posts By: Michael Gaul

Employment Screening Terminology (a.k.a. “How to Impress the Boss”)

Hiring new employees can sound like a straightforward process of collecting a few resumes, conducting interviews, checking references, and choosing the right candidate. But you would probably laugh at (or kick) anyone who would suggest that being a hiring manager is easy. Even in today’s economy when available talent is more plentiful, the complex legal… Read more »

Your Prospective Employee Has a Criminal Record. (Now What?)

So here you are, thinking you have a great candidate for your open position. This person has all of the necessary qualifications, a great-looking resume, the interview was textbook perfect, and suddenly you get a call from your background screening company. “Bad news,” they say. “There’s a problem with your candidate’s criminal record.” Frustration begins… Read more »

Address Your Risks with Employee Screening

We recently posted an article on the topic of “Evaluating Human Capital Risk.”  While we had high hopes this article would draw thousands of readers from the HR community, it appears to have done little more than satisfy our own intrinsic need to preach the benefits of employment screening as a human capital risk management… Read more »

Where Do You Stand on Employment Background Checks?

Recent news stories related to background checks leave many employers scratching their heads wondering where to stand on the issue. Perform background checks and you potentially open the door to claims of discrimination, as described in this Wall Street Journal article. Neglect to do them and you’re setting yourself up for what BP is now… Read more »

Evaluating Human Capital Risk for Employment Screening

The value of human capital is greater than just about any other asset an organization can hold, yet with that value comes an often significant level of risk. People are counted upon to provide the leadership, management, and skills necessary to achieve organizational objectives. But what happens when the skills of your workforce fall short?… Read more »

Employee Background Checks: Now more than ever.

Sad to say, today’s workers are likely more desperate than they’ve been in years. With the United States unemployment rate at 9.6% (as of June 2010 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics), which is around the highest it’s been in the past two decades, there is more competition for a fewer number of… Read more »

Does Resume Lying Affect Your Organization? You Betcha.

If you think your candidates are above lying on their resume, think again. No company is spared the possibility that even the most unassuming individuals will avoid the temptation to lie on their resumes. ABC News recently reported the results of a CareerBuilder.com survey that found 8 percent of 8,785 U.S. workers polled said they… Read more »

Do your policies support fair employment for workers with criminal records?

The National Employment Labor Project (NELP) recently announced new resources designed to support its goal of reducing unfair barriers to employment. The NELP cites workers who are unjustly excluded from work based on arrest records, old and non-serious convictions, and offenses that are not job related. Having written extensively on topics surrounding the use of… Read more »

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 »