Posts By: Michael Gaul

What You Should Know About the DOT Expansion of Drug Testing Panel

The epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse is causing a revision in mandatory drug testing of employees in regulated industries. Included in this change, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently issued revised regulations that add 4 semi-synthetic opioids to the drug-testing panel, effective on January 1, 2018.  Time is of the essence for employers… Read more »

When, Why, and How to Check Your Job Applicant’s Credit History

A few years ago, in the aftermath of the deep recession, a lot of ordinary citizens suffered financial losses that damaged their credit history. One reaction to this was a concern that employers would use credit history in making hiring decisions, potentially unfairly discriminating against otherwise responsible candidates. Several states did pass laws regulating how… Read more »

4 Ways to Protect Your Company from Common Background Screening Pitfalls

Background screening is widely used by companies in the hiring process. However, problems can arise if you make one of several common errors in the screening program design. These common pitfalls can seriously damage an organization by failing to identify or mitigate the human risk factors inherent in hiring employees. Although there are many pitfalls,… Read more »

How to Perform a Role-Related Risk Assessment

Your pre-employment background screening program is an important part of your overall risk management strategy. All of the risks you are trying to mitigate with the program are human risks associated with employment. Each role exhibiting specific risks and the total risk profile of your organization being based on the sum of the role-related risks…. Read more »

How to Train Your HR Team on Background Screening

Your HR staff may or may not understand the complex issues surrounding background screening. However, it is important to know how regulatory compliance, risk management, and basic fair hiring practices shape the screening process, and to design your procedures to comply. Failing to train your staff can lead to hiring mistakes, costly lawsuits, or even… Read more »