Posts By: Michael Gaul

How (Good) Employers REALLY Use Background Screening

Your job candidate may see your notice that you are going to do a background check very differently than you see it. To the applicant, a “background check” might seem like someone is sleuthing out every small indiscretion or accident to find ways to reject them. And, of course, background checks are sometimes used to… Read more »

The Vital Role of Employment Screening in Human Capital Risk Management

Does your risk management plan look at the risks involved in the hiring process? Your workforce is your human capital. Its value is based on how well it contributes to your productivity and profit, but also on the risks it imposes that may have significant costs when something goes wrong. Background screening that takes the… Read more »

10 Resume Red Flags Employers Should Investigate

resume red flags

As an employer, one of the first pieces of background research you have at your disposal is contained in the job application materials submitted by hopeful applicants. Most notably, the resume. This important summary of a person’s employment history and qualifications can contain important clues to help you identify if the applicant is worthy of… Read more »

How to Explain Employment Screening to Your Job Candidates [Infographic]

As a hiring manager, you have a challenging job. You hold two important perspectives – the company’s interest, and the employee’s rights and needs – and you must hold them both in balance for the hiring process to go smoothly, especially during employment screening. Approaching the employment background check phase can be one of the… Read more »

[Infographic] So, You’re Getting Background Checked? What You Need to Know

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Our clients, the employers who rely on us to perform background checks on their job candidates, often also ask us for advice on how best to convey and explain the process to their prospective employees. We’ve taken the opportunity to create an infographic for this exact purpose. And here’s what we have to say to… Read more »

Philadelphia Limits the Use of Credit History in Hiring Decisions

philadelphia credit check law

As part of its Fair Practices Ordinance, Protections Against Unlawful Discrimination, Philadelphia has enacted a measure that limits employers’ use of credit history in making employment decisions about applicants or employees. The law is effective as of July 7, 2016. We are used to hearing about jurisdictions adopting a Ban the Box law to restrict… Read more »

Update on Ban the Box Laws: A Growing Movement

ban the box update

If it seems to you like Ban the Box laws are everywhere, you are not far off. The National Employment Law Project (NELP) estimates that up to 185 million U.S. citizens are living in a ban-the-box jurisdiction, taking states and local governments into account. That’s more than half the country’s current population. Ban the Box… Read more »

Hiring without the ‘Box’: What it Means for You and Your Candidates [E-book]

The idea of getting employers to hire more ex-offenders has gained a lot of momentum over the past few years. From the Federal Department of Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on down through states and local governments, employment laws and rules have been adopted to limit discrimination against job candidates who have a… Read more »