Posts By: Michael Gaul

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Can’t I Just Google Them?

Can-I-Google-Them

Background screening provides employers a level of assurance that they are hiring the right candidate for the job. When implemented correctly, screening can shed light on aspects of an individual’s background that might impact their safety, productivity, and overall suitability for a role, while at the same time allowing candidates a fair chance at employment…. Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Can We Consider Arrest Records in Hiring Decisions?

Arrest-Records

When you’re trying to make the best possible hiring decision, criminal records are often considered an important source of information. If you want to know as much about a person’s background as you can, including if someone has a history of criminal activity, you’re not alone. Ninety-six percent of US employers perform background checks, according… Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Can We Run Background Checks on Independent Contractors?

Independent-Contractors

The modern U.S. workforce consists of 15.5 million independent contractors, or contingent workers, who depend on this type of work as their primary source of income. If you add in part-time or occasional workers, that figure doubles to nearly 30 million people. There’s no doubt if you’re in HR, you’re having to think about managing… Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Do We Have to Follow FCRA Guidelines?

Today we continue our spotlight on some of the most frequently-asked questions we hear from employers concerning their use of employment background checks. This time, we focus on the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Let’s start with a definition. The FCRA of 1970 was enacted to promote the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer… Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: “What Rights Do My Applicants Have?”

Applicant-Rights

As a background screening company, we field a wide range of questions from employers concerning their use of background checks in the hiring and retention of employees. Today we announce the start of a new series spotlighting some of our most frequently-asked questions and hopefully give you some information you can use to make better… Read more »

[Slideshow] 9 Burning Issues for HR in 2019

9 Burning Issues for HR in 2019

It seems that hiring and retention are becoming more complex and critical every day. In turn, the job of HR is becoming more complex and critical. Consider the more than 180 federal laws enforced by the Department of Labor. Or the fact that it costs employers 33% of a worker’s annual salary to hire a… Read more »

9 Hot Topics in HR for 2019 [Infographic]

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It’s that time of year again. Yes, of course, the holidays. But in the business world, it’s that time where we reflect on the months past and set goals and priorities for those that lie ahead. Like all areas of business, the realm of human resources is evolving fast. Changes in technology and society as… Read more »

HR Trends Series: Individualized Assessments in Criminal Background Checks

Individualized Assessments

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued revised enforcement guidelines on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions. In its guidance, the EEOC sets out to ensure that applicants’ exclusions due to past criminal conduct are both job-related and a business necessity. The Commission recommended and set out guidelines for… Read more »

HR Trends Series: Ban the Box is Sweeping the Nation

Ban the Box

Ban the Box—­the international civil rights movement aimed at persuading employers to remove the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record from their hiring applications is more than a trend. It’s a movement that has taken a strong hold in the form of “Fair Chance” laws across an increasing number of states… Read more »