Criminal Records

Employment Background Screening Trends-What’s New from 2012 to 2013?

 

In just a couple weeks, our 2012 Employment Background Screening Trends survey will be wrapping up, so we’re taking a few moments to reflect on the results of last year’s survey as well as review the upcoming trends for 2013. See below for last year’s survey results. In addition, as we eagerly await the results from this year’s survey, take a look at the comparisons of 2012 trends to the upcoming trends of 2013: (more…)

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Testimony for U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hearing on Background Checks

Last week, I had the tremendous honor and privilege of providing testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at their hearing on the impact of criminal background checks and the EEOC’s conviction policy on the employment of Black and Hispanic workers.  The purpose of my remarks were to highlight how background screening companies like EmployeeScreenIQ and employers conduct and employ the use of employee background checks in a responsible manner.  Many of you have expressed interest, so rather than condensing my message, I thought it best to post my testimony in full.  Please see below.

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School Board Member Questions Need for Background Checks

According to CBS 6 in Richmond, Virginia city public school board members are taking issue with the district’s request of them to submit to criminal background checks.  Newly elected board member Kristen Larson was quoted as saying. “We are elected officials, we are not employees of Richmond Public Schools.”  She also stated that their job as board members was “administrative in nature”, insinuating that this would alleviate the need to conduct the background check.

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Weekly Wrap Up-November 30, 2012

 

This week at EmployeeScreenIQ, we jumped right back into the work week with our hands full. We announced our upcoming December webinar, Background Screening Partner Selection: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You. We also covered the story of Instant Checkmate, an online background screening company, that possibly uses racial profiling in their online advertisements. Lastly, we were excited to announce an upcoming U.S. Commission on Civil Rights briefing regarding changes in EEOC guidelines and the impact of criminal background checks.  EmployeeScreenIQ’s Nick Fishman will have an opportunity to testify on behalf of background screening companies at this briefing. There were a couple other posts this week, as well as a post this morning, CFPB Releases New Background Screening Forms . . . Again. As always, continue to read our blog and if you’re not subscribed, consider adding the IQ blog to your RSS feed!

 

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EmployeeScreenIQ’s Nick Fishman Appearing Before Civil Rights Commission

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced its briefing regarding the recent changes in the EEOC’s Conviction Records Policy on the employment of black and Hispanic workers as well as the impact of criminal background checks for employers. On one side of the conversation, it’s argued by employers that conducting criminal background checks assists in ultimately ensuring a safer work environment for everyone, reducing negligent hiring and criminal activity in the workplace. From the EEOC’s perspective the increase in criminal background checks for employment could cause discrimination in the hiring process. This hearing will bring in a number of experts who will present their experiences to assist in this investigation. This investigation will serve for use in future decisions with changes in EEOC guidelinesEmployeeScreenIQ’s Nick Fishman, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, will be among these experts and presenting the perspective from the background screening industry.

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EmployeeScreenIQ’s Annual List of Background Check Turkeys

On this Eve of Thanksgiving Eve (yes, I’ve just created two new holidays), we are all looking forward to the greatest holiday of all time and can only hope that when the turkey emerges from his cave this year that he will see his shadow and there will be six more weeks of Thanksgiving!!!!

So what better way to kick off the festivities than with our Annual List of Employment Background Check Turkeys.  Who could forget this motley group of fools that we’ve chronicled over the past year? (more…)

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