Background Screening Weekend Wrap-up

Jason Morris

Since we started our blog and our award winning EmployeeScreen University we have used these forums to keep you informed.  I find myself going through tons of stories every weekend to find just a few to write about on Monday mornings.  What I find however is that I end up leaving so many behind.  Some of these we end up discussing in our podcast series, This Week in Backgrounds (TWIB) but for the most part they go ‘un-posted.’  This is why I am going to attempt a new series, The Background Screening Weekend Wrap-up.  We already have too many acronyms so I will spare you another. So here we go:

Monday September 14th, 2009 – Background Screening Weekend Wrap-up

This week I will kick it off with a controversial topic, gun show background checks.  This is a topic we rarely write about but sometimes a good story hits our in-box.  An Idaho television station posted this story: Gun sales even out but background checks still tough.

Next, Business Insurance magazine talks about ex-convicts entering the workplace.

Ex-convicts in workforce pose liability problems.

California employers would be wise to take another look at their criminal background check policies in light of the possibility the state may be forced to release many prisoners early because of jail overcrowding, say some observers.

Many employers, particularly large corporations, already have such policies in place. Nationally, all employers must contend, though, with myriad state laws limiting how they may use this information as well as concern by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that these checks have a disparate impact on minorities.

The next two stories are from across the pond in the United Kingdom

The Telegraph is reporting about the high cost of the new vetting database that has been proposed.

Vetting database will cost £200 million and create 1,450 jobs in Labour marginal

Public bodies such as the NHS and the Prison Service will be forced to spend millions of pounds registering their employees on the scheme at a time when their budgets have already been squeezed.

And finally, a serious case of missed records.  Officials are being criticized for failing to check this UK residents criminal past in the United States.

Freed to murder by flawed system

Lorry driver Russell Carter has been convicted of murdering his boss and trying to kill three other men – but the authorities have been criticised for failing to spot his violent past in the US.

It was a shocking crime – and one critics argue could have been prevented.

On Friday, a jury decided Carter, 52, from Rumney, Cardiff, had throttled Kingsley Monk to death before trying to kill three other employees at the Driverline 247 recruitment agency in Pontypool, Torfaen.

So, that’s it!  Enjoy your week.

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal,, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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