7 Sensational Summer Posts From the EmployeeScreenIQ Blog
September 9, 2013
The heat of summer is fading (at least here in Cleveland, Ohio) and it’s clear that summer will be coming to a close before we know it. Hopefully your summer has been filled with productivity at work as well as a few days of restful vacation. Due to the sheer amount of blog posts we’ve had this summer, I thought sharing the highlights, or “best of” summer might be appropriate before we head into the crisp fall months. Even if you’ve kept up with our blog over the past couple months, there may have been one or two posts you didn’t have the opportunity to read-check out some of our most popular posts below.
1. Ever wonder what the big fuss is over accreditation? Our post, The Stats Don’t Lie: Why Should You Care About Employment Background Screening Accreditation? will tell you all you need to know. In a society where it seems that “faster is better”, this post reveals how quality should be the main focus of your background screening provider. And with that, an accredited company is a telling sign of not only thoroughness, but also a well-rounded company, having achieved a variety of standards required by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).
2. A huge story earlier this summer, was of course the security leak involving Edward Snowden and the National Security Administration (NSA). This story raised a question within the background screening industry–how well are those with access to sensitive information (particularly government employees) being screened? Our post shares several points to consider for companies that hire IT employees, NSA Leak Raises Questions About Background Checks for Information Technology Employees.
3. Calling the attention of media from around the United States, was yet another case brought on by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Filing lawsuits against both BMW and Dollar General for discriminatory hiring practices, this story was of no great surprise. The EEOC has been fighting to limit the use of background checks by employers for awhile, and this case was another opportunity to strike fear into the hearts of employers regarding employment background checks. Read the full post for more information on the case, EEOC Targets Dollar General and BMW for Criminal Background Checks.
4. To challenge the EEOC’s determination that employment background checks can be perceived as racist, we posted Are Employers Racist for Conducting Employment Background Checks? Looking at the true definition of discrimination, anyone can see that employers do discriminate in every hiring decision they make—but probably not in the way most would assume.
5. You’ve likely faced court delays at one time or another while awaiting the results of a criminal background check (and if you haven’t, I’m wondering who’s doing your background checks.) Our post, Are We There Yet? Court Delays Slow Background Screening for Employers details why employers might face court delays, and not just around the holidays, but all-year round.
6. As an employer seeking to make the best hiring decisions, you want to know all of the facts. So you order an employment verification from your background screening provider. Hopefully, you trust your provider to verify all the information you request to the best of their ability. But what if your applicant hired someone to lie to your background screener? Our post, Liar, Liar. Are Job Seekers Hiring Professional Liars to Verify Resumes? details a company that claimed to do exactly that. We also share best practices and “things to know” for resume verifications.
7. Another breaking story this summer, was the release of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) report detailing that the FBI database used for background checks is not as accurate as many would believe. Our post, NELP Report Throws Cold Water on FBI Fingerprints reveals why there are weaknesses in the FBI database and shares the reasons that employers should not be forced to utilize only this source for criminal background checks.