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Greetings from the exhibit floor of the 61st Annual SHRM Conference in NOLA.  Believe it or not, this place is rocking.  Attendance is down a bit, but you wouldn’t notice it judging from the crowds at the general sessions and in the exhibit hall.

We chose to release our Annual Top 10 Background Screening Trends list at the conference list year.  Check it out!

Hiring Controversies, Social Networking and Falsified Resumes Top EmployeeScreenIQ’s Annual List of Background Screening Trends

Global employment screening company shares 10 insights about hot topics that hiring professionals need to watch during 2010

EmployeeScreenIQ, a global leader in employment screening, has announced its 2010 list of 10 background screening trends.

Since 2007, the company has developed an annual list to be unveiled at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition. This year’s trends were announced at SHRM’s New Orleans conference and are designed to equip hiring professionals with advance information on crucial screening topics before they become everyday news.

EmployeeScreenIQ’s top background screening trends for 2010 include:

1. Greater hiring controversies due to social networking. Social networking has exploded in popularity and changed America’s culture. A recent CareerBuilder study found one in five employers used social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to influence hiring decisions. However, many sites have no verification process and several can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet. Sites such as YouTube and MySpace have few content requirements, and nearly all sites allow users to make up a profile in someone else’s name. At risk are FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) regulations and EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) guidelines.

2. Contractor and PEO background checks rise in importance as temporary labor gains widespread use. As the economy regains its footing, employers will turn to temporary labor such as onsite vendors, contract employees and PEO workers. When a contractor is on-site at an employer’s business, which party is responsible for screening the contractor’s workforce? And how can all those involved be sure the contractor has chosen a screening provider who employs best practices? Addressing these issues before signing a contract will be critical for employers in 2010, and their diligence will be tested. A primer for employers is available at: http://university.employeescreen.com/articles/Contractor_Performed_Check

3. Increased hiring in 2010. Integrating a background screening program with applicant tracking systems (ATS) will enable companies to save time and money in the onboarding process. This will help speed the inevitable hiring upswing in 2010, as companies realize that the recent mass layoffs cut too deeply into their workforce. Key employees will be rehired and job vacancies will need to be filled.

4. Fewer employers will respond to requests for resume verifications. Mass layoffs have left HR departments short-staffed and spread thin in managing responsibilities. As a result, employers are either slow or unable to assist with background checks and verifications. The reality is that former employers don’t make money providing verifications, and many are outsourcing the verification process to a third party provider. However, such companies simply provide payroll data that their client – the candidate’s former employer – uploaded to their system, and information is lost about the candidate’s performance, attitude, skills and experience. http://university.employeescreen.com/articles/Employment_Verifications_Layoffs

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