1/29/2011 Download EmployeeScreenIQ's EEOC Webinar On Background Checks

EmployeeScreenIQ’s latest webinar examined new EEOC policies regarding background checks and what employers need to know about E-RACE (Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment). This session was led by Pamela Devata of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP and is available for download now.

To access a copy of the presentation slides and a recorded webcast archive please visit the EmployeeScreenIQ web site at www.employeescreen.com/eeoc.asp

You’ll learn about the EEOC’s recent enforcement crackdown and ways to avoid discrimination in the hiring process.

If you have any questions about the material we covered in the webinar or are interested in learning more about EmployeeScreenIQ, please contact us at 800-235-3954 or visit us at www.employeescreen.com

Maryland Man Arrested for Allegedly Lying About Military Service

Bragging to your buddies about your days in the trenches doesn’t hurt anyone or anything, unless of course they find out you’re a big fat liar and your ego gets bruised.  Masquerading these lies as expertise and profiting from it, on the other hand, has a tremendously adverse effect on those supposed to benefit from your instruction – especially when those people are federal, state and local law enforcement agencies who need this knowledge in the event of an attack or disaster. 

This story can be added to our ever growing list of why you have to background check before you let someone in the front door.

Maryland Man Arrested for Allegedly Lying About Military Service

By Edmund DeMarche, FoxNews.com – 01/26/2011

A Maryland man who the FBI says posed for years as a retired army special forces colonel and made a career lecturing law enforcement agencies about global terrorism and human trafficking across the country has been arrested.

William G. Hillar, 66, was arrested at his home Tuesday and faces a federal count of mail fraud for payment he received for lectures he gave at Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, according to court papers.

Hillar’s former website, which has since been taken down, claimed that he is a retired Colonel of the U.S Army Special Forces and served in Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America, according to court papers.

Sporting this resume, Hillar apparently had no problem finding work.

His client list included dozens of schools and agencies across the country, ranging from FBI and Army units to local and state police agencies from Idaho to Georgia, reported the Herald.

The investigation found that Hillar was never a Green Beret nor did he serve in the U.S. Army. The highest rank he reached was radarman in the Coast Guard, serving from 1962 to 1970. Court papers go on to say Hillar was never deployed to the locations he stated in his biography and never underwent any documented training to support claims of knowledge in counter-terrorism, explosive ordinance, emergency medicine or psychological warfare.

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The Facebook Employment Background Check Curse

Sure, we’ve done our fair share of railing against the use of social networking sites such as Facebook as part of the background screening process.  Evidently, most employers aren’t listening.  In fact, a 2009 Microsoft survey found that as many as 75% of U.S. employers are using this tool to help them make hiring decisions.

We’re not changing our minds on this one and this story that was published in the Washington Post only bolsters our belief that people are unfairly eliminated for things that are beyond their control.  In this story a job candidate was denied a job after one of his friends posted pictures of him drinking and smoking cigarettes. Legal activities, right?  The job seeker made sure that his profile was kept private, but unfortunately, his friend did not.  Fair?  See below.

Miranda Shaw, a manager at a leading consulting firm, is hiring for a senior analyst position. She has narrowed the field to two candidates, Rick Parsons and Deborah Jones, and must make her recommendation to the company’s human resources department immediately. Both candidates graduated from the same highly ranked business school that Shaw attended. Both boast appropriate work backgrounds and shone in their interviews.

However, Parsons is first in line for the job because of his leadership skills, reputation for tireless energy and great communication skills. Before making her final decision, Shaw decides to Google both candidates.

. . .

On one Facebook page, Shaw found an album of pictures showing Parsons drinking, smoking cigarettes and – in his words – “smokin’ blunts” with college fraternity brothers. The page belonged to Parsons’s friend, who had not enabled his privacy settings.

When Shaw Googled the other finalist, Jones, she found only work-related sites that listed Jones as an effective project manager.

Parsons’s online photos caused Shaw to rethink her choice and to grapple with the slippery boundaries between public and private life.

THE RESOLUTION: Shaw concluded that Parsons would not fit in with the company’s professional work environment and her team. She could not waste time or money on hiring the wrong person. Yet she wondered whether she arrived at her decision fairly. After all, Parsons had not offered the information willingly, and he had set the appropriate privacy settings on his own Facebook page. Also, Shaw had not disclosed that she would conduct a background check online.

THE LESSON: Many people do not realize the extent to which their friends and associates could harm their online reputations. For example, friends who post and tag photos with their name and online identity on Facebook and elsewhere may have much more open privacy settings. Whatever is publicly accessible becomes public information, no matter who uploads it. It is more efficient for HR professionals to conduct online searches than to conduct reference checks, so this is a growing dilemma for companies.

Before posting information and photographs on Facebook, remember that in the virtual world, our houses are made of glass. Every piece of data is permanent and stored in a digital archive. More than half of employers cite provocative photographs as the biggest factor in the decision not to hire.

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Credit Reports, Criminal Background Checks and the EEOC

As many of you know EmployeeScreenIQ held a webinar this past Tuesday led by Seyfarth Shaw attorney, Pam Devata, entitled, “Credit Reports, Criminal History and the EEOC’S E-RACE Initiative.”

For those of you that missed the presentation, we invite you to access a copy of the slides and the recorded webcast  at www.employeescreen.com/eeoc_missed.asp

If you have any questions regarding Credit Reports, Criminal Background Checks and the EEOC’S E-RACE Initiative please do not hesitate to contact EmployeeScreenIQ at (800) 235-3954 or visit us at www.employeescreen.com


1/27/2011 Maryland Courts Closed Due to Winter Storm

We have been notified that the following courts in the state of Maryland will be closed today, Thursday, January 27, 2011 due to winter storms:
  • Anne Arundel County Circuit Court closed
  • Anne Arundel County District Court closed
  • Baltimore City Circuit Court closed
  • Baltimore City District Court closed
  • Baltimore County Circuit Court closed
  • Baltimore County District Court closed
  • Carroll County Circuit & Juvenile Courts closed
  • Carroll County District Court closed
  • Cecil County Circuit Court closed
  • Frederick County Circuit Court closed
  • Frederick County District Court closd
  • Harford County Circuit Court closed
  • Harford County District Court closed
  • Howard County Circuit Court closed
  • Howard County District Court closed
  • Kent County Circuit Court closed
  • Kent County District Court closed
  • Montgomery County Circuit Court closed
  • Montgomery County District Court closed
  • Prince George’s County Circuit Court closed
  • Prince George’s County District Court closed
  • Washington County District Court closed
  • Cecil County District Court opening at 10 a.m.
  • Charles County Circuit Court opening at 10 a.m. – Court proceedings start at 11 a.m.
  • Charles County District Court opening at 10 a.m.
  • St. Mary’s County Circuit Court opening at 10 a.m. – Court proceedings start at 10:30 a.m.
  • St. Mary’s County District Cout opening at 10 a.m. – Court proceedings start at 10:30 a.m.

1/27/2011 Winter Storm Court Closures Throughout Virginia

We have been notified that the following Virginia courts will be closed due to powerful winter storms on Thursday, January 27, 2011:

Per the Virginia Courts website, the following counties’ courts are closed today due to weather: Fairfax, Loudon, Falls Church and Shenandoah.  We have also been advised that the Richmond courts will be opening later in the day.

1/25/2011 Last Chance to Participate in EmployeeScreenIQ's Webinar on Recent EEOC Actions

Just a quick reminder that EmployeeScreenIQ will be hosting our latest webinar today which examines the new EEOC policies regarding background checks and what employers need to know about E-RACE (Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment). Led by Pamela Devata of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, you’ll learn about the EEOC’s recent enforcement crackdown and ways to avoid discrimination in the hiring process.

Become aware and learn:

  • What the EEOC is doing related to background checks.
  • The EEOC’s focus on background screening policies, including practices related to credit information and criminal history.
  • What actions employers should take.

Pre-Approved for Credit Hours!
This webinar is approved for 1.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This 60-minute presentation will take place Tuesday, January 25 at 2 pm EST/11am PST.

To participate, simply click here and complete our brief Webex registration form.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2pm EST/11am PST

Sign Up Now

Last Chance to Participate in EmployeeScreenIQ’s Latest Webinar

Just a quick reminder that EmployeeScreenIQ will be hosting our latest webinar today which examines the new EEOC policies regarding background checks and what employers need to know about E-RACE (Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment). Led by Pamela Devata of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, you’ll learn about the EEOC’s recent enforcement crackdown and ways to avoid discrimination in the hiring process.

Become aware and learn:

  • What the EEOC is doing related to background checks.
  • The EEOC’s focus on background screening policies, including practices related to credit information and criminal history.
  • What actions employers should take.

Pre-Approved for Credit Hours!
This webinar is approved for 1.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This 60-minute presentation will take place Tuesday, January 25 at 2 pm EST/11am PST.

To participate, simply click here and complete our brief Webex registration form.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2pm EST/11am PST

Sign Up Now