Posts By: Michael Gaul

The Importance of Employment Screening and Background Checks

The risks of a bad hire can be significant. Yet still some business owners are willing to rely on “gut feel” in making hiring decisions. They fail to adequately conduct employment screening and background checks, lack necessary auditing protocol, and unwisely assume their employees have the company’s best interest at heart. Did you know? An… Read more »

Use Employee Criminal Background Checks Wisely

Avoid Bright Line Policies for Employee Criminal Background Checks A bright line policy in regards to employee criminal background checks is a dangerous practice for any employer. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents employers from rejecting or firing qualified individuals who have criminal records when the criminal history has no bearing… Read more »

How to Conduct an Employment Background Check

An employment background check can help you verify and uncover qualities and past behaviors that can significantly affect an applicant’s job performance. Astoundingly, a recent CareerBuilder.com survey reported that nearly 60% of hiring managers have discovered material misrepresentations on an applicant’s resume. And since these misrepresentations can range from stretching the truth to outright falsities,… Read more »

4 Components of a Solid Employment Screening Policy

Creating a consistent, compliant, cost effective employment screening program is not easy but it would be nearly impossible without a well-designed employment screening policy. An employment screening policy offers necessary guidance throughout the organization as to how screening should be performed. A well-devised employment screening policy will instill consistency and efficiency into the hiring process,… Read more »

Reduce the Likelihood of a Negligent Hiring Claim with Employment Criminal Background Checks

If you’re an employer, it’s likely that you have a legal obligation to provide a safe and productive work environment for employees and those who will come in contact with your organization (i.e. your customers). Simply put, employers are often liable for harm their employees inflict on others. According to the Negligent Hiring Doctrine, employers… Read more »

Background Screening: Commodity or Strategy?

On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Michael Gaul, vice president of Proforma Screening, will be featured in a webinar sponsored by Talent+. The webinar will discuss the pitfalls of treating background screening as a commodity rather than a corporate strategy. Michael will talk about enterprise risk management and the role human capital managers play in driving… Read more »

Should You Use Social Media to Investigate a Job Applicant?

If you use social media websites, like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, and others, to learn more about a potential employee you’re certainly not alone – but is this a wise thing to do? Like other forms of employment background screening that involve the use of publicly-available information, using what you find in a social media… Read more »

80% of U.S. Corporations Rely on Employment Background Screening. Do you know why?

It is well-documented that a significant portion of U.S. corporations rely on employment background screening services for hiring and employee retention decisions. For corporations that rely on the work of individuals, a comprehensive background screening program can offer significant value. Here are some of the most common and compelling reasons to implement an employment background… Read more »

EEOC Focus on Criminal Background Checks Underscores Importance of a Holistic Approach

Recent activity from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding employment background screening and specifically, criminal records checks, underscore the importance of a holistic approach to screening applicants and employees. Specifically, the EEOC is taking action to enforce its long-standing guidelines for the use of information such as criminal background checks and credit reports in… Read more »