Posts Tagged: employment screening

Would Simon Cowell Show’s Background Check Decision Hold Up in Court?

If reality shows were held to the same EEOC standards as employers, would Simon Cowell’s reality show pass the test? British network ITV, which broadcasts the Cowell-created show “Red or Black”, decided to eliminate three contestants on basis of their criminal records. As a Reuters news article reported, ITV dropped three contestants from a current… Read more »

SHRM Survey Finds HR Avoids the Use of Social Media and Search Engines for Employment Screening

The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) released the findings from part two of a series of surveys focusing on the use of social media in the workplace. The survey of 541 randomly-selected HR professionals within the job function of recruiting/staffing sought to discover how social networking websites and search engines are used by HR… Read more »

You Might Want to Fire Your Background Screening Company

You trust your background screening company to provide fast, accurate, and affordable employment background checks for your organization. Considering the risks involved in handling sensitive personal information and your responsibility to ensure the information you act upon is accurate and permissible, you might find it surprising to learn that some background screening companies are taking… Read more »

Who’s Background Screening Your Independent Contractors?

When a worker representing your company commits an intentional or unintentionally-harmful act – i.e. data breach, auto accident, assault, theft, etc. – does it really matter if that person is a full time employee or simply an outside/independent contractor? In your eyes it might. But in the eyes of your customers and other outsiders (think… Read more »

Alleged Rapist Passed the School District’s Criminal Background Check

The recent story of a school district employee hired with a rape allegation on his record is enough to make us all cringe. We see the headlines and wonder how someone like this can pass a background check? To answer this question we need to examine the numerous ways “criminal background checks” can be performed…. Read more »

NELP Report Claims Widespread Abuse of Employment Criminal Background Checks

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), a nonprofit research and employment advocacy group, released a report in March of this year that claims to have uncovered employment discrimination cases involving employment criminal background checks and some of the nation’s largest employers. Specifically, the study surveyed Craigslist postings across the nation and says to have found… Read more »

Background Screening and the Revised EEOC ADA Regulations: What You Need to Know

You may recall the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA).  Effective Jan 1, 2009 the ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.”  In turn, it also required the EEOC to amend its own ADA regulations to reflect those found in the ADAAA. If you employ 15 or more employees, if… Read more »

What Does the Supreme Court ruling in NASA v Nelson Say About Employment Background Checks?

A unanimous ruling in the privacy rights case brought by JPL scientists and researchers says background checks conducted by NASA are appropriate. Announced earlier this month, the case of NASA v Nelson resulted in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court to allow the standard federal employment background check – typically the National Agency Check… Read more »

Does Your Background Screening Company Offshore Personally Identifiable Information?

In an effort to save costs and undercut competitors’ prices, some background screening companies choose to outsource some or all of their employment screening duties to lower-cost overseas suppliers. These screening companies are, unfortunately, not obligated to disclose their off-shoring practices, leaving you, your applicants, and your employees unaware that personally identifiable information may be… Read more »