EmployeeScreenIQ’s 10 background-screening trends to track in 2008


As you know, EmployeeScreen IQ prides itself on its ability to be on the forefront of our industry when it comes to emerging trends whether related to legislation, compliance or market demands. Therefore, we have created a list of the Top 10 trends in employment screening in the coming year.

Privacy, data protection

Privacy issues will continue to dominate the news and industry dialogue. Several bills are currently before the U.S. House and Senate, and although they will probably be tabled during this session, the issue continues to be a hot topic on the Hill.

Verification of right-to-work

The government is discussing mandating electronic verification of the I-9 form, the form used to verify citizenship and right-to-work in the United States. Currently, employees fill out the form, show documentation that proves identity and are then eligible to work. The new system, dubbed The SAVE Program (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements), debuted two years ago, is electronic and allows instant confirmation. EmployeeScreen IQ believes it is likely this new system will be mandated for use by all employers by the end of this year. The system has already been mandated for use in Colorado.

Blogs and Social Networking Sites

These Web sites continue to be an extremely hot topic, with the question being, how should they be used in the hiring process?

International screening

While not a new facet of the industry, international background screening continues to gain in importance as U.S. companies open offices globally and/or recruit overseas candidates to work in the U.S.

Credit reports

Should an applicant’s credit history factor into his or her background check? If so, what determines hirable or non-hirable credit?


Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the topic of screening students, faculty and staff has been raised and will continue to be discussed as educational institutions look to avoid future catastrophic events. Universities are beginning to see the value in screening staff and even branching into screening new students.

Disputing records

As employers look for more information during the hiring process, they and their background-screening agents must continue to protect consumers by providing avenues for them to dispute background reports.

Application tracking systems

The prevalence of applicant tracking and HRIS systems will continue to increase, especially among mid-sized companies. These systems allow HR departments to consolidate work.

Industry growth

Before 9/11, only the largest companies did background checks. Today, nearly all large- and mid-sized companies are employing the use of background checks. Over the next year, this practice will continue to trickle into the small-business arena.

Balancing rights

Finding ways to balance comprehensive background reports with consumers’ rights so as to not create a class of people with records who cannot get jobs.