This Week in Background Checks: Week of 9/15

Jason Morris

Time again for our TWIB Notes (This Week in Backgrounds).   If you hadn’t had time to check our blog or employeescreen University, here’s what you’ve missed.

A few blog stories we wanted to highlight this week:

City of Tallahassee Ending Background Checks.  They site the fact that of the 714 checks that they’ve performed on those seeking promotions, only one check has caused them to deny a promotion.

A Pittsburgh newspaper reports sports officials have criminal records. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette launched a 9-month investigation into the backgrounds of registered Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (PIAA) referees and can you guess what they found?  They discovered ”dozens of officials had convictions involving child pornography, molestation charges, drug offenses and assaults, among other offenses.”

Hurricane Ike. As you know, the city of Houston, TX and surrounding areas suffered heavy damages caused by Hurricane Ike.  Currently (at the time of this post) 93% of those in Harris County (Houston) are without power.  Neighboring counties of Brazoria, Montgomery and Fort Bend are also largely without power.  And of course, many people are returning to severely damaged homes.

Blog Rumble. We have been pretty vocal about our opposition to the use of Social Networking Sites for employment screening purposes and have not heard many counter arguments from respected voices. Until Now.

We also posted a new guest article on employeesceen Univeristy.  Attorney Seth Brisking writes about Complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

You can also download a podcast of This Week in Backgrounds (TWIB Notes) on our iTunes Channel or by listening below:

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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, MSNBC.com, 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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