Criminal Records

Is Hiring More Felons Good for Business?

Criminal Record Background Check

The hearing on the EEOC’s Guidance to Employers on Criminal Background Checks held by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights continues to draw sharp responses by those opposed to the new rules.  Today, the Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed written by author James Bovard in which he cynically wonders whether it should be a federal crime for businesses not to hire those with criminal records.   Bovard clearly embraces the concept that employment background checks are a vital screening tool that must be considered when determining qualified candidates and takes the EEOC to task for their past and current actions against employers. (more…)

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Don’t Open Your Door to This Salesman

Background Checks

I don’t know about you, but I don’t often find salesmen at my door anymore. However, this frightening occurrence near San Antonio might make you think twice if someone does knock on your door.

In a neighborhood in Rogers Ranch, Lauren (no last name provided) was harassed by a man claiming that he was selling magazine subscriptions. The man, Justin Mahoney, also claimed he worked for Tower of Power Sales Inc, which according to KENS 5 in San Antonio, does not exist, nor has it ever existed. According to Lauren, Mahoney received her name from a neighbor and then began yelling for her to come to the door. She eventually chased him off her property.

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Civil Rights Commissioner Takes Exception to EEOC Background Check Rules

Criminal Background Checks

As you know, background screening companies have been pretty critical of the EEOC’s new guidelines on employers’ use of criminal background checks because we think they inhibit their ability to hire qualified candidates.  The guidance has created an unfair burden on employers and makes them have to choose between relaxing their employment background check policies which could hinder their ability to protect themselves or face an investigation from their friendly EEOC enforcement officer.

Well, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow and and Commission Special Assistant Carissa Mulder not only take exception to the guidance (more…)

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Weekly Wrap Up: February 8, 2013

This week proved to be eventful as ever. We’re gearing up for our February webinar, “992 Heads are Better than One: HR Industry Attitudes and Opinions on Background Screening Compliance” and we’re excited to present the survey findings to all of you! Stay tuned. We’ve posted on a couple of interesting stories this week, starting the week with “Philadelphia Pediatrician Murdered by Home Repairman.” Angela posted on a major class action suit against K-Mart, based on FCRA violations in the background screening process. Lastly, we posted on a story of possible racial discrimination on the popular show, American Idol. Read our blog for these stories and more. And also follow us on our social networks to stay up to date on our blog posts throughout the week!

Philadelphia Pediatrician Murdered by Home Repairman criminal background check

Few things can make you feel more vulnerable than allowing a complete stranger to come into your home. However, taking care of a home requires maintenance on occasion, whether it’s plumbing or fixing a furnace. When something breaks, it’s an immediate reaction to call someone to fix it right away. In the back of your mind you might be thinking-can I really trust this person? The majority of the time the answer is most likely yes. However, stories like this one bring anxiety to many I’m sure-who are you really letting into your home? Read More

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American Idol Accused of Racial Discrimination?

Criminal History

American Idol accused of racism-either a bold accusation or a very foolish one. It started with a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by Attorney James Freeman at the end of January. Freeman is asking the EEOC for permission to sue American Idol for racial discrimination based on nine African-American contestants who were disqualified, all of whom also had a criminal history.

You might be wondering how this case is related to employment and why Freeman submitted the request to the EEOC. And the question in this case is-can American Idol be considered an employer to its contestants?

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Weekly Wrap Up-February 1, 2013

Does anyone else feel like they blinked and January was gone? That’s definitely how I feel! We managed to catch the tail end of January to release the latest issue of By The Way. Angela Bosworth addresses questions like: What if an employer demands access to an employee’s private Facebook profile? Why are data brokers “wanted”? How accurate can a mobile app background check be? Read this issue of BTW to find out the answers and watch Angela’s summary of this month’s BTW. Monday we wrote about a new law for the state of Indiana which will require anyone applying for a teaching position to have a national criminal records background check. Nick also blogged about a two year case between the EEOC and Kaplan Higher Education that recently came to a close. See below to read more on these stories. Continue to stay tuned for more information for our February webinar featuring Jason Morris, Nick Fishman and Angela Bosworth, who will be presenting our 2013 survey findings.


BTW: January Issue- Privacy and Employment Background Checksemployment background check

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Scooby Doo’s Got Nothing on Me: My Neophyte Washington DC Experience

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 “I would suggest to (businesses) that they think long and hard about why they think they need to do a criminal background check”.

John Hendrickson, Regional Attorney for the EEOC’s Chicago District

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Weekly Wrap Up-January 18, 2013

Happy Friday! I hope you enjoyed your week and caught a few of our blog posts in the last few days. If not, luckily for you, all you have to do is read our Weekly Wrap Up! Earlier in the week, we posted on a new law that will strengthen background checks for schools in Massachusetts. We also released our white paper and webinar recording from our latest webinar, How to Select a Background Screening Provider, which you can download and watch here. And I’m sure you’ve been hearing the news on stricter laws when it comes to “national” background checks and gun control. In our most recent blog, Nick highlighted information on the existence or rather lack thereof when it comes to a “National Background Check.” Check out these stories and a couple others we offered this week! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to stay tuned to our blog for the latest news in our industry.


Massachusetts Implements Stronger Background Checks in Schoolsschool background check

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