Every HR manager has to make hiring decisions, and most of them use employment background checks to help ensure the decisions are the right ones. However, not every hiring manager knows the most important factors that affect how the background screening process works, or how it is limited. Here are 5 things to know that… Read more »
Posts By: Michael Gaul
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The future of many companies depends greatly on the quality of the new college grads they hire. Unfortunately, these young people often have very little relevant job experience, compounding the usual problems with verifying claims on resumes or checking references. Given the importance of these new hires to your company, it’s more important than ever to go beyond the resume and do the background checks to make the best possible selections.
It is well documented that drug testing can be one of the most important ways to build and maintain a safe and productive workplace. When employees suffer from drug or alcohol abuse, the consequences can be far-reaching. As an employer, how can you maintain a drug-free workplace while also respecting individual privacy and keeping costs in check?
Do people with otherwise clean criminal backgrounds suddenly perform criminal acts? Should companies be able to predict this behavior and take actions to protect their customers, workforce, and public at large? Where does employer liability end and individual liability begin? Questions about the predictive value of background checks and in particular, criminal background checks, have… Read more »
What should you do if your employee tests positive for marijuana (cannabis)? Is your drug screening policy up to par? Find out.