Top 10 Mistakes When Conducting Background Checks

Leave it to the experts! Employers may conduct their backgrounds checks “in house” as opposed to using a reputable nationwide employment screening firm. This is a bad idea unless the employer has an internal expert on federal and state laws pertaining to background checks. Save time and money by hiring a third-party company. Do not…

Details

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Hit with FCRA Violation Claim

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Hit with FCRA Violation Claim New federal lawsuit alleges that Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law by utilizing criminal records that exceed the seven-year reporting period set forth in the FCRA. The class action suit levied against the nation’s sixth…

Details

Richard Branson’s Push To Hire Ex-Offenders

The Billionaire behind Virgin Group is making a strong move to encourage businesses to hire job applicants with previous criminal convictions. Richard Branson has actually been an advocate for years, claiming hiring former criminals “increases the talent pool, lowers the price tag of re-offending, nurtures entrepreneurial spirit, and contributes to safer communities.” Not only does…

Details

Reducing Employee Turnover Rates

Reducing Employee Turnover Rates The most effective way to reduce employee turnover rates is through conducting employment background checks on all new hires. Certain industries experience higher employee turnover rates than others. The retail industry, for example, has a 30% employee turnover rate. This chart indicates employee turnover rates by percentages based on industry: Organizations…

Details

Recap of NAPBS Background Screening Survey

Recap of NAPBS Background Screening Survey The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) published the results of its second national survey (commissioned HR.com to facilitate the survey) asking over 2,137 human resource professionals about employment background checks. The NAPBS background screening survey is titled, “How Human Resource Professionals View the Use and Effectiveness of…

Details

Reasons to Implement Continuous Criminal Monitoring in the Workforce

Reasons to Implement Continuous Criminal Monitoring in the Workforce Traditionally, employers would conduct an employment background check on a new hire to ensure proper suitability with the organization; however, the screening should not stop there. More and more employers are starting to move toward a “continuous criminal monitoring” model as part of their ongoing duties…

Details

Previous Salary History Questions in Massachusetts

Employers in Massachusetts may no longer inquire about previous salary history during an interview. The Pay Equity law requires commonwealth employers to compensate men and women equally based on comparable work. The law also prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their previous salary history as part of the screening process. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito…

Details