Posts By: Michael Gaul

Do the People Running Your Background Screening Program Know Enough?

(Or Just Enough to be Dangerous?) Knowing “enough to be dangerous” is cute in some situations. Gardening, for example, where the worst that can happen is a few wilted plants is a fine activity for trial and error. In hiring employees? Not so cute.  It’s simply not as easy as telling your new HR or… Read more »

Attention Indiana Employers: New Law Restricts Criminal Background Checks

As you know, criminal records are in the hot seat right now. And it’s not just the EEOC lighting the fire. Starting July 1, 2012, Indiana employers are facing a new law that significantly impacts employment background check programs throughout the state. Indiana House Bill 1033 prohibits certain pre-employment inquiries, restricts the types of criminal… Read more »

Employment Screening as a Risk Management Strategy

As the saying goes, “No risk, no reward.” Every organization has risks to face. And while it’s unrealistic to think we can prevent every loss, certain risks demand our attention. In employment screening, we address key human capital risks – those related to the “human factor” of the organization. Specifically, employment screening is designed to… Read more »

Onboard Like a Rock Star with Integrated Talent Acquisition Management

Building an effective workforce is key to competing in today’s talent-driven economy. As a background screening firm we talk a lot about screening candidates and selecting the right employees, but there are obviously many other important parts of the hiring process that impact your ability to build and maintain an effective workforce. With the high… Read more »

Test Your FCRA Knowledge for Employment Screening

When your company has a job to fill or when you’re considering promoting or reassigning employees from within, a background check is often a requirement.  Employment background checks can assist you in making a final decision among a narrowed-down group of applicants or candidates by verifying that the candidate meets established job-related criteria. Employment background… Read more »

Can Your Background Screening Program Pass These 6 Tests?

We know that employers use background screening to mitigate risks, make better employment decisions, and enhance the safety and productivity of their workforces.  But we also know that employment screening isn’t a panacea for bringing in only the most “perfect” people.  In fact, there’s a fair amount of controversy over the whole process.  Much of… Read more »

The “Triple Threat” Has New Meaning for Your Background Screening Program

As we near the final stretch of the NBA playoffs, we have an apt analogy for a discussion of the “triple threat” facing today’s employers. In basketball, defenders must be prepared for an offensive player in the triple threat position to pass, dribble, or shoot. In today’s employment setting, companies are faced with the triple… Read more »

Key Takeaways from the New EEOC Guidance on Employment Criminal Records

On April 25, 2012 the EEOC issued its much-anticipated updated enforcement guidelines on employers’ use of criminal records (arrest and conviction records) in the employment screening process. Since then we’ve received many phone calls and emails asking questions about what this all means. The guidance specifically relates to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act… Read more »

Shock and Awe Over EEOC’s Updated Guidance on Employment Criminal Records

In case you haven’t heard, the EEOC on Wednesday held a public meeting to discuss its issuance of new guidance stated to further the Commission’s efforts to “eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment screening, for hiring or retention, by entities covered by Title VII…” The updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records… Read more »