Top 10 Employment Screening Articles of 2011

From the Proforma Screening Solutions Blog, we’ve rounded up the most-read employment screening articles of 2011. Interestingly, these articles also touch on many of the most significant trends in background screening industry today.  Read and comment!

criminal background checks

#1: EEOC Focus on Criminal Background Checks Underscores Importance of a Holistic Approach

This article was our #1 most-read in 2010 and 2011 and for good reason: employers today must understand that a holistic background screening approach is vital to the success and overall compliance of your program.

NASA v Nelson

#2: What Does the Supreme Court ruling in NASA v Nelson Say About Employment Background Checks

The case of NASA v Nelson garnered much attention as a unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court found that the federal agency’s background checks are appropriate and do not represent a violation of privacy.

Resume Lying

#3: Does Resume Lying Affect Your Organization? You Betcha.

Earning the number 3 spot in 2010 and 2011, this evergreen article points to the underlying issue of ‘trust’ when it comes to what your job applicants are claiming on their resumes.


#4: Should You Use Social Media to Investigate a Job Applicant?

The issue of social media was a hot one in 2011 and this article explores the risks and rewards of using social media to investigate job applicants.

#5: Negligent Hiring or Negligent Retention: Is there really a difference?

In an employment setting, negligent hiring and negligent retention are among the many potential sources of negligence claims. This article explores the difference between negligent hiring and negligent retention to support our contention that there is likely no difference in the duty of care owed by an employer.

#6: Employment Background Checks without Permission? Tisk-Tisk.

As evidenced by a proposed $5.9M settlement fixed to background checks done without permission, this article offers a stark reminder of the need to obtain consent before conducting any type of employment background check.

#7: California SB 909 Requires Consent to Send Personal Information Offshore

California made great strides in protecting sensitive personal information from being offshored without proper disclosures and request for consent.  The dangerous practice of offshoring PII is something we take seriously. Read this article to find out what you should know.

#8: California Bill Seeks to Ban Use of Pre-Employment Credit Checks

In a well-intentioned yet, we would argue, misguided attempt to limit the use of employment credit reports Assemblymember Mendoza of California sought to ban the use of consumer credit reports in the hiring process. This article presents our view of the situation.

#9: Extensive Background Checks Necessary for Positions of Extreme Trust and Influence

The recent story of a Virginia church that mistakenly hired a convicted felon is a shocking example of what can happen when the wrong person is hired. This article explores the need for extensive background checks when hiring people in roles of extreme trust and influence.

#10: Inspector General Releases Report, “Nursing Facilities’ Employment of Individuals with Criminal Convictions”

The Office of Inspector General’s evaluation of Medicare and Medicaid nursing facilities presented findings that are sure to alarm those of us with loved ones residing in any of the 15,728 Medicare-certified nursing facilities across the U.S. This article presents the findings.

About MichaelGaul

Michael is a results-oriented marketing executive with over two decades of experience in employment screening, physical security, and business process management. Michael has deep experience in human capital risk management and a passion for educating business leaders and HR professionals on strategies that tangibly protect their interests. Michael serves on the Board of the Secure Cash and Transport Association (SCTA) and is a member of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), and the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).
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