Posts Tagged: background screening

Court Rules Against EEOC in ‘Disparate Impact’ Case

In a stunning setback to the credibility of the EEOC’s enforcement of employers’ use of credit and criminal records, on August 9th, Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for Maryland dismissed the nationwide pattern or practice lawsuit brought by the EEOC against Freeman, Inc. The EEOC had alleged the corporate events service provider unlawfully… Read more »

The Hidden Impact of ‘Disparate Impact’

If you have been following our posts about disparate impact, you are familiar with the fact that the EEOC has stepped up efforts to enforce rules around employment discrimination based on it. Disparate impact may occur when a company’s employment policies have disproportionate “adverse impact” on members of a protected class under Title VII of… Read more »

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 »