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    March 2015 BTW

    For those interested in staying up-to-date with the latest in compliance for pre-employment background screening and the laws that affect your use of employment background checks, follow our publication, BTW: Your Guide to Staying Out of Hot Water. This compliance resource has been created by our VP of Compliance and General Counsel, Angela Preston, and is a must-read for human resources and security professionals.

    Is Big Brother Watching? When Big Data Meets HR

    Big data is transforming the information world at an alarming rate. It’s no surprise that the data being collected, sliced, sorted, and sold is being used to help businesses make better hiring decisions. Read More

    New Jersey’s Ban the Box Law Effective March 1, 2015

    The New Jersey ban the box law, titled The Opportunity to Compete Act, went into effect on March 1, 2015. The law impacts both private and public employers hiring in the Garden State. Read More

    The Federal Trade Commission Takes Down Diploma Mills

    The World Wide Web just got a little bit safer for consumers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has shut down two bad actors running Florida-based diploma mills. Read More



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        Big Data and HR

        Big Data and Work-Force Science: A Boon for HR

        Big data is transforming the information world at an alarming rate. It’s no surprise that the data being collected, sliced, sorted, and sold is being used to help businesses make better hiring decisions. According to the New York Times, a growing number of entrepreneurs are applying big data to human resources and the search for talent, creating a field called work-force science. To quote technology writer Steve Lohr, “work-force science, in short, is what happens when big data meets HR”  The data part of the equation is collecting all of the digital imprints that a worker or job seeker has left in the course of web browsing, e-mailing, instant messaging, or posting on social media. The “science” part—evaluating and measuring the data—is the tricky part. Silicon Valley start-ups are developing analytics and algorithms to put this data to work for recruiters and employers. [...]

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            Ban the box New Jersey

            The New Jersey ban the box law, titled The Opportunity to Compete Act, went into effect on March 1, 2015. The law impacts both private and public employers hiring in the Garden State. Like most ban the box laws, the statute does not prohibit employers from asking candidates about their criminal past nor does it prohibit criminal background checks, but it does change the timeframe within which an employer can make an inquiry about criminal history. [...]

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                Social Media Background Checks

                There’s nothing wrong with wanting to know as much information as possible before hiring someone. This information might include past experience, skills, ability to grow in a position, and perhaps most importantly, a person’s character. Some employers (though not many) turn to social media as a way of determining if a job candidate really is who they appear to be—or not.

                However, employers might cross the line at times when it comes to looking at candidates online. While the NFL is not an employer in the traditional sense, its scouts are recruiters seeking the best candidates for future players. We don’t have all the details based on this article from Sport Techie, but we can draw some conclusions about what the NFL should or shouldn’t be doing when it comes to screening potential recruits on social media. [...]

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                    Beef ‘O Brady’s has been served with a class action complaint for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The U.S. sports bar and grill is being targeted for now-familiar claims surrounding the company’s authorization and disclosure for employment background checks. [...]

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                        EEOC Gets Taken to Task

                        You might recall last August that we posted about celebrated Judge Roger Titus’ stinging comments directed at the EEOC when he dismissed their case against Freeman Companies for what the commission alleged as discriminatory hiring practices related to Freeman’s use of criminal background checks and credit reports. He used the words “Laughable”, “Unreliable”, “Mind Boggling”.

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                        Instead of heeding Judge Titus’ remarks and conceding their overreach, EEOC appealed his ruling to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. At issue was the testimony of the EEOC’s expert witness, Dr. Kevin Murphy, which was excluded by the lower court. In this regard, Judge Titus was unrestrained when it came to his opinion. [...]

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                            Genwest/Gencom Transportation LLC has been served with a class action complaint for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA) as well as a discrimination claim. The US transportation, warehousing, and distribution firm is being targeted for now-familiar claims surrounding the company’s authorization and disclosure for an employment background check. [...]

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                                Hiring managers review a potential employee’s resume for a variety of reasons. From exploring their job skills, to analyzing experience to getting a good idea of educational history. You might not question whether the information is accurate or deem it necessary to contact every past employer for verification. However, there are a few resume verification myths you may have heard that we’d like to dispel. [...]

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                                    Resume Fraud

                                    If you want to make sure you’re hiring the most qualified job candidate, with the most potential for a position, it’s without a doubt that you should thoroughly vet that person. While it’s necessary to ensure your job candidate has the right skills and experience, only a resume verification can confirm whether or not they’ve been fully transparent on their resume. If you’re looking for reasons you should be conducting resume verifications for your candidates, look no further than these five infamous resume fraudsters. [...]

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                                        Employment Background Check Lessons

                                        In one sense, your company’s hire strategy is complex and meticulous. You draft a comprehensive job description, thoroughly analyze resumes, and conduct in-depth interviews to ensure you hire the right person for the position. On the other hand, some aspects of the hiring process are so simple that a child could provide some insight. Surprisingly, you may have learned more in kindergarten than you knew that can be applicable to the employment background screening process. Take a look at how you can apply these eight lessons from kindergarten to your screening program. [...]

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