Posts Tagged: background screening policy

3 Questions that Can Keep Your Background Screening Practices off the Front Page

Unfortunately, the old adage, “There is no such thing as bad publicity” doesn’t always ring true. In today’s tight job market, the slightest hint of an unfair hiring practice will travel fast into the headlines and even faster into the courtroom. The recent could-be class action case against Advance Auto exemplifies what can happen if… Read more »

12 Dos and Don’ts of Pre Employment Screening

Pre employment screening is relied upon by nearly 80% of corporate America – and for good reason. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, every dollar invested in employment screening can result in a $5 – $16 return on investment, stemming from higher productivity, lower absenteeism, a decrease in turnover, and less risk of employer… Read more »

Supreme Court Weighs Challenge to Background Checks

NASA v. Nelson is a case brought by twenty eight scientists, engineers, and other employees at the California Institute of Technology (CIT) who are under contract at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The individuals have challenged a relatively new standardized questionnaire that was put in place in 2005 by the federal government in the wake of… Read more »

California SB 909 Requires Consent to Send Personal Information Offshore

In case you haven’t heard, employers in California have a new rule to follow when conducting employment background checks.  It’s a rule that we firmly support. California SB 909 was signed into law on September 29, 2010 and requires Consumer Reporting Agencies (a.k.a. background screening firms) that instigate an investigative consumer report for employment purposes… Read more »

Do your policies support fair employment for workers with criminal records?

The National Employment Labor Project (NELP) recently announced new resources designed to support its goal of reducing unfair barriers to employment. The NELP cites workers who are unjustly excluded from work based on arrest records, old and non-serious convictions, and offenses that are not job related. Having written extensively on topics surrounding the use of… 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 »

5 Essentials of Pre Employment Background Screening

An effective pre employment background screening program can lend numerous benefits to any organization in which people play a vital role. Background screening helps companies hire the right people, the first time, and avoid the potentially disastrous effects of a bad hire. So what are the components of an effective pre employment background screening program?… Read more »