Mindless Rant About Current Background Screening Issues

Nick Fishman

I had a couple thoughts rolling around in my empty head over the past couple of days and thought you’d enjoy some insight into my frontal lobe.

First and foremost, good riddance to Osama Bin Laden.  I’m sure both you and Adolph Hitler will enjoy each other’s company in a very warm spot for eternity.  I just regret that each of you were cowards in the end.  (Hitler killed himself and OBL used a woman as a human shield in his final stand.)

On t0 background checks now . . .

Issue #1

Continued news out of Brockton, MA where a student tutor was accused of raping an elementary school student.  All charges have been dropped due to lack of evidence.  Further, a CORI background check was conducted on the accused tutor and no record was found.

I hope that the school takes no solace in either of these two developments.  Their lack of proper protocol is still not excused.  They didn’t conduct a background check on this individual and it was later revealed that they failed to meet a statewide directive to rescreen all employees in 2010.

Further, I hope no one is satisfied that a CORI background check is sufficient to ensure thorough screening for school employees.  What happens if a potential employee committed a crime outside of the state of Massachusetts? (And why do I constantly need spell check to tell me how to spell Massachusetts?)

Issue #2

I wrote a post last week about my thoughts on employers’ use of social networking sites as part of the background screening process and I’ve thinking about the kind of person that has a public profile on Facebook or other similar social networks.  Thought I would express myself in an open letter (feel free to forward as you see fit).

To all mental midgets that are dumb enough make your profiles public:

You have no right to privacy when it comes to your pages.  I guess if you are dumb enough to allow the world to view your profile, you are probably the same idiot that posts the kinds of stupid things that would cause you not to get hired.

That’s all I have for now.  But I’m sure before too long another thought might emerge.  Stay tuned.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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  • Mike

    regarding the teacher. what is the gripe? he had no prior record, so no matter how hard, how deep, how long they dug to find something, they would not have because there was no record to find. what is the beef here?

    am i missing something? was there a record found on this tutor in some other state? what?

    thanks

  • Christine

    Mike-
    That may be true, but the bigger problem is that many times people assume that CORI is nationwide. It only covers MA. There is a false sense of security when running CORI’s.

    I volunteer at my sons school, and the only check they did was a CORI. I could be a raging sex offender from another state, and they would never catch it. For the record, I’m not.

    Nick- Once again, great content.