Posts Tagged: background checks

EEOC and FTC Publish Guides on Using Employment Background Checks

Some time ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the publication of “joint tips” on using background checks in hiring. One of the two co-published guides is for employers, titled Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know. The other is for job applicants and employees: Background Checks: What Job… Read more »

The Value of a Quality Employment Background Check

Since 9/11 the number of background checks performed on job applicants and employees has ballooned, for reasons ranging from heightened security concerns to legal mandates to conduct background checks. Coinciding with this, the amount of digital information available about individuals has increased many times over, and the Internet has given us easier access to it…. Read more »

4 Key Criteria for Evaluating an Applicant’s Criminal History

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EEOC policy and the various Ban the Box statutes around the country share the common characteristic of requiring employers to adopt background screening procedures that are sensitive to individual-level circumstances. For example, the EEOC Guidance, which is important because Federal law pre-empts state and local statutes regarding discrimination, recommends using a so called, individualized assessment… Read more »

FTC to Employers: The FCRA Covers Employment Screening

Two recent settlements announced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) drive home the point and serve as an important reminder that employment background screening is subject to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). You, as an employer, should understand how the FCRA relates to your employment screening program and ensure that your consumer reporting… Read more »

Social Media Background Checks: a Pandora’s Box

Social media succeeds because it connects people with personal information. That personal information is exactly why some employers want to delve into applicants’ and employee’s social media accounts. These informal social media background checks promise the kind of unfiltered view of a person’s character you just can’t get easily. Or, does it? The fact that… Read more »

Is Background Screening Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

Employers are sometimes forced to walk a narrow line between treating applicants with criminal backgrounds fairly and minimizing hiring risks. The problem is that the employers will be held accountable if something goes wrong on either side of this path. They can be sued for negligent hiring if an employee goes berserk, and they can… Read more »

Elements of a Comprehensive Background Check [Infographic]

Employers are turning more often to background checks to help them make better hiring decisions. Partly in response to this, background screening companies have developed procedures to deliver comprehensive background checks cost effectively. These comprehensive checks explore a wide range of personal background data found through both public and private sources. The benefit to employers… Read more »

The Employment Screening Process: A Bird’s Eye View [Infographic]

Now more than ever, employers are urged to define and use an employment background screening process that is fair to candidates, passes muster with the EEOC, and also mitigates employment risks. We realize this is far easier said than done, especially given the loosely-defined guidelines of the EEOC. Our latest infographic helps to pull the… Read more »

Target Corporation Bans the Box. Should Your Organization?

Minnesota employee advocates are claiming a victory over the Target Corporation, the nation’s second-largest retailer, based on a Huffington Post article published on October 29th. In that article, the Huffington Post reports that Target will “stop asking prospective employees about their criminal records in initial job applications.” As you may know, this policy is a… Read more »