Posts By: Michael Gaul

2 Concerning Employment Screening Practices

Handing over your background checks to a third party does not release you from liability when background checks go awry. Hiring a background screening company, a.k.a. Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA), is intended to help your business by enabling better hiring decisions and easing the compliance process. However, not all CRAs take that responsibility as seriously… Read more »

Trust, but Verify. Even in the C-Suite.

Human Resource Executive (HRE) Online recently published a story on the importance of “Vetting at the Top.” The fittingly titled article by Will Bunch covered recent ethical debates that highlight the need for closer screening of high-level candidates. The article pointed to the recent attention-getting case of Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson as an example of… Read more »

The Days of Raw Criminal Database Reporting Are Waning

The human resources community and the employment screening industry have been buzzing lately about the second largest Fair Credit Reporting Act settlement penalty in history recently handed down to a background screening provider for multiple FCRA violations.  The $2.6M settlement sent a resounding message that the practice of putting a name in a system and… Read more »

Employment Background Checks and Recidivism: Is there a connection?

According to the Department of Justice, “Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in the re-arrest, re-conviction, or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the prisoner’s release.” The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that two-thirds of ex-offenders will be rearrested for new crimes within three years… Read more »

The Rising Independent Workforce and Its Impact on Your Employment Screening Program

If you’re involved in staffing for your organization, the key statistics highlighted in a recently-released infographic from the workforce collaboration company Mavenlink, shouldn’t surprise you much. From 1995 through 2012, the total workforce of contingent workers grew by an estimated 4.3 million workers and a recent Economist Intelligence Unit report found 61% of senior executives… Read more »

[SLIDESHOW] The Triple Threat to Your Employment Background Screening Program

Does your background screening program hold up against the threats of regulation, legislation, and litigation? We recently presented a two-part series on the “triple threat” of EEOC and FTC regulation, state and federal legislation, and private party litigation in the context of corporate employment background screening programs. A slideshow combining both parts of the series… Read more »