Posts By: Michael Gaul

[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]


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 »

HR Trends Series: Workplace Violence and the Increase of Active Shooters

Consider these sobering facts about workplace violence: OSHA reports there are about 2 million cases of workplace violence reported every year. Homicide is the 3rd leading cause of workplace deaths among healthcare workers and professional service providers, as reported by the National Safety Council. The most common weapon used by a workplace killer is a… Read more »

HR Trends Series: HR Takes a Seat at the Risk Table

HR at the Risk Table

Globally interconnected information networks and supply chains, pushed by rapidly evolving technology, are changing the meaning of work as well as the methods of managing it. Successfully coordinating the services and products needed for the decentralized organizations in this new work world is a demanding high wire act where the failure of making a hand-off… Read more »

9 HR Trends That Will Define Your Hiring Process [Whitepaper]

9 HR Trends 2018

The forces driving changes in Human Resources hiring and retention processes are more often mentioned than they are understood. We speak so much about “globalization” that it seems we must understand it, but in fact the impacts of internationally integrated economic systems are still rapidly evolving (and currently in a retrograde direction in some jurisdictions)…. Read more »

Mitigating the Sting of a Fake Degree

Fake Degree?

An employee or prospective employee’s education claims are something every employer would rather just trust at face value. If they say they have a degree from ABC University, why would you question it? Why would they lie? Education verification is a bedrock part of an employment background check. It is so obviously important you’d think… Read more »

How to Avoid Being Taken Down by the FCRA Class Action Litigation Wave

An employer presents its job candidate with the necessary disclosures and authorization to obtain the candidate’s permission to perform a pre-employment background check. The candidate, who was not ultimately chosen for the position, later comes back to claim that the disclosure was handed to them along with other extraneous information instead of as a standalone… Read more »