Posts Tagged: background screening

The Why, What, and When of Individualized Assessments

About one year ago, on April 25, 2012, the EEOC issued revised enforcement guidelines on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions in compliance with Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The big deal in the revisions was the recommended use of individualized assessments (IA) in hiring situations where a criminal record… Read more »

The Positive Side of a Negative Reference Check

According to SHRM, 96% of organizations use reference checks as a screening and selection tool, yet admittedly many experts question the value of reference checks as a valid indicator of job performance. Reference checks have been criticized for their declining value to employers as many companies establish policies against divulging anything more than basic information… Read more »

3 Good Reasons to Revisit Your Employment Screening Practices

There are some very compelling reasons to take a fresh look at your employment screening programs as recent developments in the regulatory environment combine to increase the risks associated with improper hiring practices. Here are three significant trends: 1. Increased Enforcement of Criminal Records Screening Practices The EEOC’s updated guidance on the use of criminal… Read more »

Managing the Risks of an Extended Workforce [Infographic]

The new norm in staffing is officially here. It’s the extended workforce and it makes up more than one-quarter of the total workforce population in today’s organizations—more than twice the percentage from 2005. The faces of the extended workforce, which include temporary workers, contractors, and contingent workers, are also expanding. Positions across the spectrum of… Read more »

Background Screening Companies Are Being Scrutinized

How is Your Background Check Firm Measuring Up? If your company is similar to 90% of the corporations across the United States, it relies on background checks as part of the hiring process. Background screening, which may include criminal records, credit histories, driving records, employment verifications, and reference checks, is considered a valuable resource to… Read more »

3 Questions that Can Keep Your Background Screening Practices off the Front Page

Unfortunately, the old adage, “There is no such thing as bad publicity” doesn’t always ring true. In today’s tight job market, the slightest hint of an unfair hiring practice will travel fast into the headlines and even faster into the courtroom. The recent could-be class action case against Advance Auto exemplifies what can happen if… Read more »

Trust, but Verify. Even in the C-Suite.

Human Resource Executive (HRE) Online recently published a story on the importance of “Vetting at the Top.” The fittingly titled article by Will Bunch covered recent ethical debates that highlight the need for closer screening of high-level candidates. The article pointed to the recent attention-getting case of Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson as an example of… Read more »