Posts By: Michael Gaul

4 Things Employers Should Know about Employment Verifications

Employment verifications are one of many screening tools employers use to determine an individual’s suitability for employment. Considering as many as 40% of all resumes contain some type of inaccuracy or outright misrepresentation, verifying a candidate’s past makes a whole lot of sense. Employment verifications range from employment history verifications and employment reference checks to… Read more »

Recent Scrutiny of Employment Background Screening: Unfair or Legitimate?

As lawmakers and government entities look for ways to help the U.S. economy recover from recent financial turmoil, consumer protection has come to the forefront. Legislators and others seeking to bolster employment opportunities have scrutinized background screening, particularly the use of credit reports and criminal records. While some would call this scrutiny unfair and unjust,… Read more »

Are National Criminal Background Checks Enough?

When it comes to screening potential or current employees, it may be tempting to rely on quick and inexpensive national criminal background checks. Since national records can be gathered with an instant database search, the checks are quick and inexpensive and therefore easy to consider as done. But is a national search enough? Will it… Read more »

Considering Employee Criminal Background Checks? Ask Yourself this Question.

Is an employee’s past behavior the best predictor of their future? Your answer to this question may determine the importance you place on the employee criminal background checks as a factor in your hiring decision. Regardless of your personal beliefs about the value of a criminal background check, employers most certainly do carry a responsibility… Read more »

The Importance of Employment Screening and Background Checks

The risks of a bad hire can be significant. Yet still some business owners are willing to rely on “gut feel” in making hiring decisions. They fail to adequately conduct employment screening and background checks, lack necessary auditing protocol, and unwisely assume their employees have the company’s best interest at heart. Did you know? An… Read more »

Use Employee Criminal Background Checks Wisely

Avoid Bright Line Policies for Employee Criminal Background Checks A bright line policy in regards to employee criminal background checks is a dangerous practice for any employer. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents employers from rejecting or firing qualified individuals who have criminal records when the criminal history has no bearing… Read more »

How to Conduct an Employment Background Check

An employment background check can help you verify and uncover qualities and past behaviors that can significantly affect an applicant’s job performance. Astoundingly, a recent CareerBuilder.com survey reported that nearly 60% of hiring managers have discovered material misrepresentations on an applicant’s resume. And since these misrepresentations can range from stretching the truth to outright falsities,… Read more »

4 Components of a Solid Employment Screening Policy

Creating a consistent, compliant, cost effective employment screening program is not easy but it would be nearly impossible without a well-designed employment screening policy. An employment screening policy offers necessary guidance throughout the organization as to how screening should be performed. A well-devised employment screening policy will instill consistency and efficiency into the hiring process,… Read more »

Reduce the Likelihood of a Negligent Hiring Claim with Employment Criminal Background Checks

If you’re an employer, it’s likely that you have a legal obligation to provide a safe and productive work environment for employees and those who will come in contact with your organization (i.e. your customers). Simply put, employers are often liable for harm their employees inflict on others. According to the Negligent Hiring Doctrine, employers… Read more »