Posts By: Michael Gaul

SHRM Survey Finds HR Avoids the Use of Social Media and Search Engines for Employment Screening

The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) released the findings from part two of a series of surveys focusing on the use of social media in the workplace. The survey of 541 randomly-selected HR professionals within the job function of recruiting/staffing sought to discover how social networking websites and search engines are used by HR… Read more »

Employment Background Checks Gone Wrong

ABC News released an article on August 29, 2011 covering what can happen when consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) provide employers with misinformation. The article, “Background Check Wrongly Says Job Seeker is Sex Offender,” recalls the story of an individual who was in the final hiring phase for a new job when a background check wrongly… Read more »

You Might Want to Fire Your Background Screening Company

You trust your background screening company to provide fast, accurate, and affordable employment background checks for your organization. Considering the risks involved in handling sensitive personal information and your responsibility to ensure the information you act upon is accurate and permissible, you might find it surprising to learn that some background screening companies are taking… Read more »

“Unemployed Workers Need Not Apply.” Where’s the Logic in That Talent Acquisition Strategy?

Today’s job market is not the best it’s ever been. Not even close. With more than 14 million Americans officially unemployed (just over 9% of the population) and almost half of those jobless for more than six months, chances are good that an employer with positions to fill will have applications from individuals who are… Read more »

EEOC Examines Arrest and Conviction Records as a Hiring Barrier

Remember the old Robert Johnson blues song where the protagonist goes down to the crossroads to meet the devil and make a bargain? Well, I went over to NoMa neighborhood of Washington, DC yesterday to watch the EEOC begin the process of formally reviewing the need for guidance surrounding the use of criminal records for… Read more »

Who’s Background Screening Your Independent Contractors?

When a worker representing your company commits an intentional or unintentionally-harmful act – i.e. data breach, auto accident, assault, theft, etc. – does it really matter if that person is a full time employee or simply an outside/independent contractor? In your eyes it might. But in the eyes of your customers and other outsiders (think… Read more »

EEOC to Discuss Use of Criminal Records in Employment Screening

Coming up on July 26, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a hearing on the use of criminal records for employment screening purposes. The hearing, which will be held in Washington, D.C. is predicted to be a critical step in the Commission’s adoption of policies that could significantly impact how employers use criminal… Read more »

Illinois Senate Addresses Employment Background Checks for Group Home Workers

The Chicago Tribune recently reported new legislation approved by the Illinois Senate geared toward increasing safety among workers in group home settings. Known as Paul’s Law, the legislation is named for 42 year-old Paul McCann – a resident of a downstate group home who was brutally murdered by an employee at the facility. It passed… Read more »