Posts By: Michael Gaul

Hiring Shortcuts that Can Cost More than They Save

Organizations are determined to hire the right people–those who have the right skills, fit with the organizational culture, and bring a willing attitude to the job. Locating, researching, and interviewing job candidates is time consuming and expensive. Like every other aspect of business, managers seek appropriate tradeoffs to balance risk and reward in hiring because… Read more »

Hiring for the Holidays? Don’t Neglect the Background Checks

It has to be tempting for companies who hire temporary workers for the holidays to skip or cut back on the background checks. After all, these workers are part of the extended workforce whose economic value is that they have lower on-going costs to the company. By definition, there is no long-term obligation, so why… Read more »

4 Ways to Stay Out of the FCRA Line of Fire

FCRA guidelines for employers

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is over 40 years old, but it is only recently that the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of it have spiked. And unlike traditional legal actions the FTC took against credit bureaus and reporting agencies, these more recent lawsuits target check authorization services, banks, retailers, grocers, and… Read more »

If They Don’t Belong Behind the Wheel, Do They Belong in Your Workforce?

employee driving records

One thing most adult Americans share is that they drive a lot. You could argue, along with a substantial majority of armchair sociologists, that our culture is built around the automobile. But when a person climbs behind the wheel, he takes his personal traits and characteristics with him: his driving is a reflection of who… Read more »

How to Use Arrest and Conviction Records When Hiring Employees

“Innocent until proven guilty” is the cornerstone of our criminal justice system. Our courts have spent a lot of time defining what constitutes proof, but the basic point is clear. The same principle applies to the difference between arrest records and convictions as applied to employment decisions under EEOC guidance: “The fact that an individual… Read more »