This Week (Year) in Background Checks – TWIB 2008

Jason Morris

Time for our final TWIB Notes installment for 2008.  We thought we would ring in the new year by revisiting both highlights and low-lights from the world of background checks as we report them on this blog and on employeescreen University.

In the first quarter of the year, we launched employeescreen University and redesigned our blog.  We have used these communication vehicles (and sometimes soap box) to bring our readers up to speed on all things background screening.  We have also been able to bring important HR and Security issues to the forefront and could not be more pleased with the results.  Evidently, a few people have been paying attention as our following continues to grow.  In fact, earlier this month we received an iNova Award for Excellence in Corporate Websites!  We hope to continue this trend by adding many more exciting features to employeescreen University in the coming year.

In June, we launched the employeescreenIQ podcast series, This Week in Backgrounds Checks (TWIB).  This series brought us some exciting podcast interviews from various trade shows and our “weekly” (ok sometimes) show.  Through this medium we discussed issues such as Social Networking, Diploma Mills, FTC Red Flag Guidelines, and our 2009 Background Screening Trends. We also released our study “Facts About Education Falsification“, in addition to our new white paper “Known Diploma Mills Resource Guide“.

Towards the the end of the Summer and beginning of Fall we announced a few Applicant Tracking System (ATS) partnerships including iCIMS and Both of these strategic alliances can aid our clientele in the quest to expedite the on-boarding process while saving both time and money.

Unfortunately, the story of the year is the economy.  2008 will be known as the year the economy went south.  The year started out strong for most, however there were signs of an upcoming disaster.  Economists argued about when a recession is actually a recession and pundits debated how hard we would be hit. We wrote often this year about the importance of performing background checks in a declining economy.   After the finger pointing ends (its still going on) and the dust settles, we will look back with relief that we are out of the worst economic times of our generation.  We can only hope this happens early in 2009!

The most viewed and debated post on our blog this year by far was the Chef Robert Irvine Story.  Food Network fired Chef Robert Irvine for lying on his resume.  We have received countless comments and commentary on this ‘controversial’ story.  We look for this debate to continue.

That’s all folks!  Thank you for your interest in this blog and for your feedback in 2008.  It has been an interesting year to say the least and we look forward to developing more thoughtful and informative content in the coming year.  As always, if you have questions or comments, send them to:

Listen to our TWIB wrap up show below:

Have a happy and healthy new year. See you in 2009!

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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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