Top 5 Reasons How Employers Violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Now more than even employers must adhere to specific federal and state laws when conducting employment background checks. There has been an increase in class action lawsuits brought against employers for violating such laws, specifically the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). We wanted to highlight 5 reasons how employers can easily fall prey to noncompliance:…

“Don’t Mess with Texas”…Texas May Challenge EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance

The U.S. court of appeals for the Fifth Circuit dealt the EEOC a major blow in regards to their 2012 “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment under Title VII”.  On June 27, 2016 the court remanded back to the district court the case that was dismissed in 2014.  In…

3 Reasons Why Employers Should Conduct Background Screening Checks Post Offer?

One of the most common questions we get from hiring executives is when should I run the background check? Before I hire the person or after?  The paradigm has shifted to post-offer with the recent “ban the box” legislation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement.  We will look at three reasons why background…

How to Background Check Background Screening Companies

You have wisely decided to take a proactive approach to your hiring practice and implemented an employment background screening program. Now that you have made the decision to start doing backgrounds, your next step will be to find a reputable background screening vendor.  Unfortunately, in the background screening industry there isn’t a specific license needed…

Top 10 Mistakes HR Managers Make on Background Checks

1. Leave it to the experts! Employers may conduct their backgrounds checks “in house” as opposed to using a reputable nationwide employment screening firm. 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.   2. Don’t…

I Hired Someone With a Criminal Background on Accident. What do I do?

Employers usually have to get there “nose bloodied” in the courtroom before they see importance and value in conducting an employment background check. In some cases a negligent hiring claims can cost a business upwards of a million dollars! So what should an employer do? STOP THE BLEEDING – and implement a compliant employment background…

Ban the Box, Fan the Flames

Employers have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace for all of their employees. They also have a responsibility not to discriminate when hiring. But now employers are dealing with a new issue that affects both their ability to hire qualified applicants and maintain a discrimination free hiring process. “Ban the Box” is a campaign…

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…

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…