Social Media Searches Now Factored into College Admissions Decisions

Universities and colleges are now jumping on the social media bandwagon in hopes of using sites such as Facebook and Twitter to screen their prospective students. According to a recent Kaplan survey, 41% of law school admissions employees have searched social media sites to learn more about the applicants. The survey covered 128 of 200…

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School Bus Safety Laws To Tighten in New Jersey

New School Bus Safety Laws in New Jersey New Jersey Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen District 37) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergan District 38) are working to strengthen existing state bus safety laws by requiring background checks on all school bus aides (employees who monitor and maintain safety on school buses). The existing law only requires…

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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…

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Reviewing Background Checks with Hiring Candidates

Reviewing Background Checks with Hiring Candidates There is a new philosophy around conducting an individualized assessment with a candidate that has a criminal past that involves reviewing background checks. Its purpose is to determine if in fact the specific crime committed is grounds for disqualification from employment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a…

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Response to the “Today Show” Segment on Background Checks

Last week the Today Show ran a segment that criticized background screening firms for making outrageous errors and costing people potential jobs. As a professional background screener, I take my work seriously. I understand that ratings and page hits bring in ad-revenue, but I feel that the information discussed during this segment was borderline irresponsible.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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