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Welcome to EmployeeScreen University, the #1 resource for HR professionals, security, and risk management professionals alike to find educational information related to employment background checks. We regularly post on a variety of compliance topics, including the latest news and trends in the industry. From our IQ Blog to case studies featuring the success stories of our clients, we provide the best information for you to safely navigate through the background screening world. EmployeeScreen University also showcases videos, By The Way– our monthly compliance newsletter, white papers, and webinars

Expert Articles

2014 EmployeeScreenIQ Background Screening Trends Results
Nearly 600 human resources professionals opened up to EmployeeScreenIQ about how they use employment background checks to make hiring decisions and their candid feedback is detailed in our just-released, fifth annual survey of U.S. based employers. The new report looks at how companies manage the process of employment screening, their practices concerning FCRA, EEOC guidance, candidates’ self-disclosure of criminal records and how they address adverse findings. Read More
Are You Living with a False Sense of Security? Find Out the Truth About Your Criminal Background Checks
Download EmployeeScreenIQ’s latest publication, “Time for a Wake Up Call: Are Your Criminal Background Checks Giving You a False Sense of Security?,” and you’ll receive a five-step guide to help you determine whether your background checks are truly giving you all of the information and protection you need. Read More
Federal Government Shutdown Will Not Affect Employment Background Checks, But E-Verify?
We’ve had a lot of questions over the past few days about whether employers that conduct background checks or background screening companies would be affected by the federal government shutdown. While we knew that the vast majority of the services we provide would be unaffected, we wondered if we would still be able to complete Federal District Criminal Background Checks. Read More

Legislative Updates

8/4/2014 San Francisco “Ban the Box” Effective on August 13, 2014
Effective August 13, 2014, employers in the city or county of San Francisco may no longer inquire about criminal history on employment applications or during interviews. It’s Ban the Box on steroids, and it may be coming to a city near you. Read More
7/1/2014 Indiana Update: What Criminal History Information May Be Reported to Employers
Effective July 1, 2014, Indiana has a new rule on what information "criminal history providers" can report in employment background checks. This latest version of Ind. Code § 24-4-18-6 makes a technical correction to the law and clears up a few things. Unlike previous versions of the statute, the new law allows reporting of non-conviction and pending records as long as the information is within the 7 year window required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Read More
2/12/2014 Whole Foods Hit With FCRA Class Action For Background Screening Process
The complaint also challenges Whole Food’s online application process, claiming that the company routinely ordered background checks prior to obtaining valid consent. Read More

Court Delays

11/27/2014 U.S. Courts Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Please note that all U.S. Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. All courts in California, Illinois, Arizona and Texas will be closed on Friday the 28th. Read More

White Papers & Webinars

Are You Living with a False Sense of Security? Find Out the Truth About Your Criminal Background Checks
Download EmployeeScreenIQ’s latest publication, “Time for a Wake Up Call: Are Your Criminal Background Checks Giving You a False Sense of Security?,” and you’ll receive a five-step guide to help you determine whether your background checks are truly giving you all of the information and protection you need. Read More
7 Do's & Don’ts of Background Screening with Social Media
Social media and networking sites can tell you a lot about job candidates. But using them may expose your organization to a host of legal risks and less-than-trustworthy information. For those who decide the rewards outweigh the risks, we offer seven social media “Do’s and Don’ts.” Read More
2013 Survey Report of Employment Screening Practices and Trends
This report shares the findings of EmployeeScreenIQ’s fourth annual survey of U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employment background checks. A total of 992 individuals representing a wide range of U.S.-based employers completed the survey in late December of 2012 and early January of 2013. Read More

Announcements

Happy Thanksgiving from EmployeeScreenIQ
We also wanted to let you know our offices will be closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for the holiday.
5/19/2014 Graduation Season is Upon Us: Expect Delays for Education Verifications
With graduation season upon us, we wanted to update you on a trend we’ve been seeing over the last few years: universities, colleges and high schools are taking longer to update their records with recent graduates.
5/8/2014 Background Check Delays in Multnomah County, Oregon
We have received word that Multnomah County, Oregon is in the process of transitioning all of their public court records to a new electronic platform. As a result, beginning on May 6th, the county will not provide access to any records until the process is completed on May 27, 2014.

In The News

12/18/2014 Year in Review: EmployeeScreenIQ Reveals Top Five Legal Trends of 2014 (PR Newswire)
At year's end, Angela Preston, vice president of compliance and general counsel for EmployeeScreenIQ reflects on the top five background screening and employment issues of 2014. Read More
11/20/2014 EmployeeScreenIQ and iCIMS Enhance Partnership to Provide Employers with a Smoother Candidate Screening Process
Designed to save time on repetitive tasks, increase productivity and promote security, iCIMS has for several years been seamlessly integrated with EmployeeScreenIQ's premium employee background check service to offer a simple, smart, safe and stable pre-employment screening and talent acquisition processes. Read More
11/3/2014 Avoid Hiring "Bad Santa" This Holiday Season by Background Checking All Holiday Workers (PR Newswire)
"Temporary workers usually have access to the employer's place of business, and they interact with their permanent work force and customers. They are likely trained on business systems, and may even have access to certain intellectual property," says Angela Preston, general counsel, EmployeeScreenIQ Read More

Upcoming Events

10/14/2014 NRF Human Resources Executives Summit (Speaking Engagement)
Angela Preston, will present, "My Candidate Has a Criminal Record. Now What?" at the National Retail Federation HR Summit in Chicago, Illinois on October 14, 2014, 12:05PM - 1:00PM. Read More
10/7/2014 HRSouthwest Conference (Speaking Engagement)
EmployeeScreenIQ president and chief operating officer, Jason B. Morris will present, "4 Steps to a Compliant Screening Program When Your Candidate Has a Criminal Record” at the HRSouthwest Conference on October 7, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas, 3:15pm to 4:15pm. Read More
10/6/2014 HR Florida Conference and Expo (Speaking Engagement)
Background Screening Expert Jason Morris Presents "My Candidate Has a Criminal Record. Now What?" at the HR Florida Conference & Expo. Read More

Media Center

12/18/2014 Year in Review: EmployeeScreenIQ Reveals Top Five Legal Trends of 2014 (PR Newswire)
At year's end, Angela Preston, vice president of compliance and general counsel for EmployeeScreenIQ reflects on the top five background screening and employment issues of 2014. Read More
11/20/2014 EmployeeScreenIQ and iCIMS Enhance Partnership to Provide Employers with a Smoother Candidate Screening Process
Designed to save time on repetitive tasks, increase productivity and promote security, iCIMS has for several years been seamlessly integrated with EmployeeScreenIQ's premium employee background check service to offer a simple, smart, safe and stable pre-employment screening and talent acquisition processes. Read More
7/26/2014 Employers Adjust Criminal Background Check Methods (Crain's Cleveland Business)
A 2013 EmployeeScreenIQ survey of 600 U.S. companies found that 88% of respondents had adopted the EEOC guidance on the use of criminal background checks, up from 32% in a survey conducted one year earlier. Of those companies that had adopted the guidance, half reported no impact, while others cited a negative impact on hiring costs, time to fill open positions and clarity in the hiring process. Read More

The Verifier

The Quarterly publication of EmployeeScreenIQ.
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