Posts By: Michael Gaul

Today’s EEOC Meeting to Discuss Regulations on Criminal Records Checks

In what is certain to generate much debate, discussion, and impact, today’s EEOC public meeting will discuss “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”  This meeting is a follow up to a previous meeting in July in which discussions… Read more »

NCLC Report Says Errors by Criminal Background Check Providers Harm Workers and Businesses

When things go wrong in the workplace – whether violence, theft, accidents, or worse – the conversation inevitably turns to what could have been done to prevent it and what more we should have known about the people involved. This is one reason why background checks are utilized by more than 90% of corporate America… Read more »

In Negligent Hiring and Retention it’s About What You Knew, Or Should Have Known

The case of a California minor who sued his public high school guidance counselor and the school district for damages arising out of sexual abuse and harassment by the counselor sends a clear warning to public and private employers alike: If you knew or should have known of an employee’s propensities for potentially damaging behavior… Read more »

In Background Screening, Treat Contingent Workers and Employees Equal

Contingent workers play an important part of the fabric of today’s employment landscape. Look inside your own company and you’re likely to find an increasing number of contracted workers filling increasingly important roles. We’re all aware of the need to distinguish between independent contractors and employees when it comes to taxes, payroll, and HR benefits…. Read more »

What’s Not to “Like” About Social Media Background Checks?

The proliferation of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn create a haven of juicy details and information for employers seeking to narrow down a large field of prospective candidates or hone in on a final selection. How great it is to peer into the social world of a candidate’s Facebook page to view… Read more »

EEOC Sends Shivers up the Spine with Its 2012-2016 Strategic Plan

The EEOC made a clear, spine tingling statement with its recently approved strategic plan for FY 2012-2016. Employers with the potential for systemic discrimination issues, beware. The agency plans to focus its litigation enforcement mechanism on ‘systemic’-type cases that have the potential for broad, widespread impact on an industry, occupation, business, or geographic area. This… Read more »

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Case for Pre-Employment Background Checks

When hiring people to represent your organization, you want to feel confident that you can trust these individuals to represent the best interests of your organization. For some employers, it’s enough to simply conduct an interview, check a few references, and hire away. But for the more than 90% of corporate America that relies on… Read more »