Posts By: Michael Gaul

Navigating the Criminal Records Landscape

Navigating the Criminal Records Landscape

A staggering 73.5 million people in the U.S. have a criminal record, according to the Department of Justice. That’s one in every three adults. It should come as no surprise, then, that when you’re ordering background checks on your applicants and employees, you are likely to come across someone with a criminal history of some… Read more »

How Well Do You Understand How to Use Criminal Records for Employment Screening?

Criminal Records for Employment Screening

As an HR manager or employer, chances are good you use criminal background checks to inform your hiring decisions. A new study from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners found that 96% of employers use some form of background check on their employees and 94% of those use criminal background checks. While your hope… Read more »

Dos and Dont’s of FCRA Disclosures in Employee Screening

If you’re familiar with FCRA guidelines, then you know there are certain disclosures required at nearly every step of the hiring process. In this blog, we focus very narrowly on your obligations related to those disclosures, helping you avoid some of the common pitfalls. Disclose Your Intent to Conduct a Background Screen Employers must inform… Read more »

The Employment Screening Trifecta [Slideshow]

Understanding the Factors That Drive Accuracy, Turnaround Time, and Cost As an employer, you use background checks to improve the quality of your employment decisions and help ensure you’re hiring the most qualified, responsible candidates for available positions. It’s a given that you want to partner with a background screening provider that produces accurate results,… Read more »

What’s Behind the Cost of a County Criminal Records Check?

what's behind the cost?

There is no better source than county (a.k.a. local) criminal records for the most useful information about the criminal background of your job candidates and employees. The county court system is where most criminal proceedings begin and end. Therefore, when performed properly, a search of county records will give you the most complete, accurate, and… Read more »

Checking Employee Criminal Records? How Far Should You Go?

how far should you go?

Employers universally turn to background screening to inform their hiring decisions and meet their compliance obligations. In fact, a recent HR.com survey found 96% of employers conduct at least one type of pre-employment check. Screening runs the gamut from education and professional license verification, to drug testing, and DMV records checks. Among the most frequently… Read more »

The What’s What of Criminal Records [Infographic]

Criminal-Records-Infographic

Employers use criminal records checks to help assess a candidate’s background when making decisions about promotions, new hires, or contractual relationships. Looking at a person’s criminal history can help ensure the person doesn’t pose an undue risk to customers, other employees, or the public at large. Depending on the risk associated with the position you’re… Read more »