EmployeeScreenIQ’s List of Top 10 Employment Background Screening Advocates
July 22, 2013
It’s no secret that the employment background screening industry has been under intense scrutiny over the past few years from revised EEOC guidance on employers’ use of criminal records, to fines for Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, to myriad states creation of “Ban the Box” laws. And while we support actions that hold our industry and employers accountable for complying with these laws and maintaining the highest ethical standards, we also think that the employer’s we represent should be praised for the work they do to keep our nation’s workplaces safe.
We think that we do a decent job of advocating on behalf of our industry and the need for employee background checks and celebrating the incredible work done both by background screening companies and employers. However, every industry needs a group of committed, unbiased advocates to champion its causes. Therefore, I’m happy to present to you our list of the top employment background check advocates that promote responsible background screening practices and tirelessly defend employers’ use of employment background check.
Commissioner, United States Civil Rights’ Commission- Commissioner Kirsanow has been instrumental in highlighting the concerns our industry shares about the revised EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks and organized a hearing at the Civil Right’s Commission last December to hear from all interested parties.
Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission- Commissioner Barker was the only commissioner to vote against the revised EEOC guidance and publicly wrote an impassioned dissenting opinion to her colleagues about why she felt that the guidance would hurt employers, their employees and their customers in the future.
Partner, Labor and Employment Attorney, Seyfarth Shaw- Pam has established herself as the nation’s foremost expert in employment background screening law as it relates to both the Fair Credit Reporting Act and EEOC issues. She represents some of the top background screening companies is our industry (including us) and some of the country’s largest employers. Her recent work on behalf of Kaplan Education in EEOC v. Kaplan is a testament to her dedication to our issues and concerns.
Founder, Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E.- Lucia became a tireless advocate for the background screening after her sister has tragically murdered in her home by two department store service workers who had not been screened by their employer. No one can better articulate how employment background screening is an issue of public safety.
Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP- As a former general counsel at the EEOC Don has been a tremendous resource for pointing out how the commission’s revised guidance departs from their mission and how it hurts an employer’s ability to properly vet employees. We all should follow closely Don’s work on behalf of Freeman Companies in EEOC v. Freeman.
Managing Partner & Co-founder at Keswick Advisors, LLC- As a former Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, Jeff’s expertise in analyzing incarceration and recidivism statistics has been integral in combating research which the EEOC heavily relied upon to create their guidance.
Partner and practice leader of the Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Government Relations Practice, Arnall, Golden, Gregory- As a former Deputy Counsel to the White House Privacy Committee in the Ford Administration and as a lawyer in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection doing Fair Credit Reporting Act, Bob has established himself as the “Go-to-Guy” when it comes to compliance with the FCRA.
President, National Small Business Association- Todd testified at the U.S. Civil Rights’ Commission hearing on employers’ use of criminal background checks and continues to articulate how one bad hiring decision can sink a small business.
President & CEO at Prevent Child Abuse America- As the president and CEO at PCAA Jim understands how a child’s life can be destroyed by abuse and also how a child that has been abused often abuses others. He believes that background checks should be an integral part of the hiring process when it comes to caring for vulnerable populations.
10. Michael Klipper
Managing Partner at Meyer, Klipper and Mohr- Michael has been a trusted consultant to the background screening industry as it relates to government advocacy at both the state and federal levels and works tirelessly to ensure that our collective voices are heard when it comes to important screening legislation.