My Candidate Has a Criminal Record. Now What?

Criminal Background Check Compliance

To make intelligent hiring decisions, your company conducts employment background checks. It makes sense that you want to know all of the information on your candidate before making a final hiring decision. But then—it all comes down to the results. When a background check reveals that your job candidate has a criminal record, how do you respond?

Company hiring practices have fallen under increased government scrutiny and it’s critical that you understand the implications of your actions – and have a proactive process in place to address these unique hiring situations. So what are best practices for protecting your company?

On December 10th, join EmployeeScreenIQ for a complimentary webcast entitled, “My Candidate Has a Criminal Record. Now What?” This info-packed session will demonstrate the steps you must take when a candidate’s background check uncovers adverse information. Our featured panelists are, veteran HR executives L. Gordon Paisley from United Airlines, Tammy Henry from Walmart, and background screening experts Jason Morris, Angela Preston, and Nick Fishman from EmployeeScreenIQ. Join us while we discuss important legal considerations and share practical advice for developing a safe and compliant hiring protocol.

Attendees will learn:

    • Precautions to ensure their organization’s hiring practices are legally compliant with FCRA & EEOC requirements.
    • Essential considerations before making a hiring decision on a candidate with a criminal record.
    • Best practices for individualized assessments and adverse action.








By attending this webinar, you will receive 1 HRCI credit.

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11/28/2013 Thanksgiving Day Court Closures & EmployeeScreenIQ Offices

Please note that all U.S. Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in celebration of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Most courts will reopen on Friday the 29th.  Those requesting employment background checks heading into the holiday weekend can expect delays until the following week.

Also, please note that EmployeeScreenIQ offices will be closed on both Thursday and Friday.

Have a safe, restful and happy holiday!!!!

11/21/2013 Check Out EmployeeScreenIQ's Updated Compliance Resource Center

If you follow EmployeeScreenIQ’s Blog and subscribe to our emails, you know we strive to provide clients and casual observers alike with the latest news and trends in employment background checks. With our knowledge and experience, we fill our Compliance Resource Page to the brim with educational resources to keep human resources, security, and risk management professionals equipped with information needed to keep their HR engines running smoothly.

While these resources were available before, we recently gathered the most pertinent compliance resources to create a user-friendly corner of the EmployeeScreenIQ website.

11/21/2013 Bosses May Use Social Media to Discriminate Against Job Seekers (Wall Street Journal)

Many companies regularly look up job applicants online as part of the hiring process. A new study suggests they may also use what they find to discriminate.

The study, a Carnegie Mellon University experiment involving dummy résumés and social-media profiles, found that between 10% and a third of U.S. firms searched social networks for job applicants’ information early in the hiring process. In those cases, candidates whose public Facebook FB +0.59% profiles indicated they were Muslim were less likely to be called for interviews than Christian applicants. The difference was particularly pronounced in parts of the country where more people identify themselves as conservative. In those places, Christian applicants got callbacks 17% of the time, compared with about 2% for Muslims.

The same experiment, conducted from February to July of this year, found that online disclosures about job candidates’ sexuality had no detectable impact on employers’ early interest.

The research is the latest example of how people’s digital trails can have far-reaching and unintended effects, particularly in the job market.

Are Employers Using Social Media Background Checks to Discriminate?

An interesting and important article appeared today in the Wall Street Journal that looked at a topic we’ve discussed frequently – the intersection of social media and employers’ screening and hiring practices. The article, Bosses May Use Social Media to Discriminate Against Job Seekers,” highlights a new Carnegie Mellon University study that suggests employers are using social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn as a pre-screening tool to discriminate against minorities.  Our own research –  EmployeeScreenIQ’s 2013 Background Screening Trends Survey Report – was also cited finding that more than a third of employers use social media to perform background checks on candidates some of the time (only 7% indicated they used it all the time) to demonstrate that there are a number of companies who do screen using social media sites.

I’m not convinced that the Carnegie Mellon study can conclusively make discrimination claims because Continue reading Are Employers Using Social Media Background Checks to Discriminate?

Background Check Selfie: Good for Job Seekers, Employers Beware

Personal Background Check

There’s been a great new trend among job seekers conducting personal background checks on themselves so that they can find out what prospective employers might find when they run their own employment background check. Business Insider recently published a great article on the benefits of personal background checks and warned that,

“While most job seekers spend hours polishing their resume and choosing their interview attire, most don’t give much thought to background checks. But ignoring what might pop up on a criminal or credit background check is a mistake that could spell the end of your dream job.”

Knowing the information that will turn up on an employee background check can ease the concerns many job candidates have about the process, identify problematic information, or highlight inaccurate data that needs correcting. Some do it because they know they have got a ghost or two in their closet and they wonder if it will turn up. Others know they don’t have anything to hide but have heard enough horror stories about shoddy employee background checks which reveal criminal records that belong to someone else with the same name. And many want to know what past employers might say if contacted by or on behalf of a prospective employer.

Continue reading Background Check Selfie: Good for Job Seekers, Employers Beware

Are You Lost When it Comes to Employment Background Check Compliance?

Resource Page

If you follow EmployeeScreenIQ’s Blog and subscribe to our emails, you know we strive to provide clients and casual observers alike with the latest news and trends in employment background checks. With our knowledge and experience, we fill our Compliance Resource Page to the brim with educational resources to keep human resources, security, and risk management professionals equipped with information needed to keep their HR engines running smoothly.

While these resources were available before, we recently gathered the most pertinent compliance resources to create a user-friendly corner of the EmployeeScreenIQ website.

Visit our Compliance Resource Page for:

Compliance Resource Center: This page features several essential items needed for your organization to stay in compliance, including important downloads, the latest issues of By The Way, legislative updates, and more.

Media Center: This resource features the most recent educational materials created by EmployeeScreenIQ—including white papers and webinars.

EmployeeScreen University: The #1 central resource for HR, security, and risk management professionals alike to find educational information related to employment background checks. We regularly post on a variety of compliance topics, including the latest news and trends in the industry.

IQ Blog: The EmployeeScreenIQ Blog offers human resources and risk management professionals a 360-degree analysis of the evolving trends, ever-changing legislation and innovations in the world of employment background checks, with an occasional opinion or two and attitude mixed in. Our blog rarely goes a week without a new post—so don’t miss out.

Court Delays: There are a multitude of reasons for court delays from holidays to specific locations experiencing delays. We post these updates on this page as we become aware of them, so check back frequently if you think a court delay might be affecting your background check.

Case Studies: EmployeeScreenIQ serves an impressive roster of over 3,000 clients worldwide encompassing all industry segments. Our clients range from Fortune 100 organizations screening several thousand people per month to small businesses with occasional screening needs. Please review some of our recent case studies which highlight how EmployeeScreenIQ has made a difference for the organizations we serve. Be on the lookout for upcoming case studies in the near future.

Visit our Compliance Resource Center here.









Your Brain on HR: Can We Take A Look?

Employment Background Screening Trends

Take Our 5th Annual Employment Screening Trends Survey to Share Your Insights!

With an overwhelming response to our 2013 Employment Background Screening Trends Survey, we can’t wait to hear what HR professionals have to say in this year’s survey. Knowing that change is the only constant in life, we ask: how are you doing in today’s ever-changing hiring environment?

A few questions from this year’s survey include:

  • How are you doing in today’s ever-changing hiring environment?
  • How have you been impacted by the EEOC’s guidance on criminal records?
  • Do online searches play a significant role in your screening process?
  • When is a resume distortion relevant?Background Screening Survey

Take the 5th Annual Trends Survey and share your insights on some of the most talked-about issues shaping hiring practices and the background screening industry. The survey will take just a few minutes of your time and your feedback will help inform your professional peers. You will also receive a free executive summary of the results for your participation and be entered to win one of two $250 American Express gift cards!

Last year, nearly 1,000 HR pros just like you (and perhaps including you) responded to our survey. USA Today even featured the results! Don’t miss your opportunity to be heard and help make this our biggest research effort yet.




Employment Background Screening



EmployeeScreenIQ Weekly Wrap Up: November 15, 2013

Background Checks Weekly Wrap Up

Happy Friday! What do Texas, ALDI, and Mickey Mouse have to do with each other? As far as I know, not much–other than the fact that they were all on our blog in some way in the past week or so. We’ve had some great posts on the EmployeeScreenIQ blog lately, so if you haven’t checked in this week, here’s what you might have missed. First, take a look at Angela’s post, Texas Takes on the EEOC: The Case You’ve Been Waiting For. We also released a new case study featuring one of our clients, ALDI Inc. Find out how ALDI has improved hiring practices and its background screening program by reading more of the story here. Lastly check out our post, Is Mickey Mouse in Trouble? Disney Defends Its Background Screening Policies. Visit our blog home page for more posts.

Background Checks in TexasTexas Takes on the EEOC: The Case You’ve Been Waiting For.

Texas is taking on the EEOC, claiming that the latest guidelines unlawfully limit the ability of employers  to exclude convicted felons from employment. Read More

 

 

ALDI Background ChecksThink You’ve Got Hiring Challenges? Find Out How ALDI Hires the Best Workforce.

Think you’ve got hiring challenges? Find out how ALDI hires the best workforce possible with the help of EmployeeScreenIQ’s background screening services. Read More

 

 

Disney Background Checks

Is Mickey Mouse in Trouble? Disney Defends Its Background Screening Policies.

The company known for their signature character, Mickey Mouse, is defending a class action claim based on questions about its background screening policies. Read More





Criminal Background Checks



11/13/2013 Confusion about Criminal-History Guidelines (HRExecutive Magazine)

Though he doesn’t dispute there’s confusion among employers about what the criminal-background guidelines actually say, Nick Fishman — chief marketing officer and executive vice president at EmployeeScreenIQ, a Cleveland-based pre-employment screener — is quick to question the need for the guidance and its added paperwork.

In his company’s Survey Report 2013 — Employment Screening Practices & Trends: The Era of Heightened Care and Diligence, nearly 1,000 U.S.-based employers were asked, “If a candidate self-disclosed before the background screen or applicant box check, would you be more inclined to hire that person?” Fifty-two percent said they would be more open to hiring them, 40 percent said it would make no difference and 8 percent said they would be less open.

“As you can see,” says Fishman, “only 8 percent would be less open, so even though they’re screening or checking for criminal histories on applications [79 percent said they are continuing to ask for self-disclosure on applications even after the EEOC guidelines were posted], employers really are open to discussing job relevance.”