Background Screening

Florida Governor Signs Mandatory E-Verify Law

Earlier last month, current Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law, known as “SB 664”, that would make E-Verify the mandatory method of verifying work eligibility. This would apply to all government employees and even some private employers as well. The provision will be mandatory beginning January first of next year, 2021. Any public […]

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Employers Face Challenges with FCRA Lawsuits on the Rise

FCRA lawsuits have steadily risen each year for the past decade. In 2009, less than 1500 cases were filed against employers and/or CRA’s. Last year, over 4000 cases were filed prior to the end of last year. Due to their overall “sweeping” nature, many larger companies use in the processes with less individual care, FCRA […]

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Illinois Marijuana Law Introduces New Compliance Territory

Since the start of the new year, employers in the state of Illinois have faced changes in the way that they navigate the pre-employment background check process through drug screening. Originally signed in June 2019 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act has not taken into effect until this year. With […]

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How to Background Check a Background Screening Vendor

How to Background Check a Background Screening Vendor Your organization has wisely decided to take a proactive approach to its hiring practice and implemented an employment background screening program. Now that the decision has been made to start doing background checks, your next step is to find a reputable background screening vendor. In the background […]

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 […]

Manhattan’s Basketball Coach Questionable Resume

The University of South Florida was in negotiations to hire Manhattan men’s basketball head coach Steve Masiello; however the deal was nixed as soon as South Florida discovered a discrepancy on Masiello’s resume during his pre-hiring background check. Mr. Masiello’s biography on Manhattan’s website claims that Masiello graduated from the University of Kentucky with a […]

How Background Checks Promote a Safe Workplace

Like most people, I like to take few minutes at the end of my day to get caught up on current events. However, when I recently read news which deals directly with my industry, Employment Background Screening, I feel compelled to share my thoughts. CNN recently released an article detailing British Petroleum (BP)’s ongoing cleanup […]

Federal Contractor USIS Failed To Conduct Adequate Background Check

Last month US Senator Claire McCaskill announced at a Senate hearing, that government contractor USIS conducted a background check on Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor suspected of treason. In 2011 USIS performed a background investigation on Mr. Snowden for a security clearance; the company is now under criminal investigation for systemic failure to adequately conduct […]