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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

9/8/2014 Background Check Delays in Arizona Due to Flooding
We have received notice that a number of courts throughout the state of Arizona will be closed today, September 8, 2014 due to wide-spread flooding. Read More
9/3/2014 U.S. Courts Closed for Labor Day- Expect Background Check Delays
Please note that all U.S. courts and EmployeeScreenIQ offices will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2014 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Read More
8/15/2014 Georgia Courthouse Destroyed By Fire: Hancock County
The Court House in Hancock Georgia has been completely destroyed due to a fire. Unfortunately, all of the ledger books, where they maintain their conviction records, were destroyed in the fire. 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

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.
2/14/2014 EmployeeScreenIQ Achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service
We are very pleased and excited to announce that EmployeeScreenIQ has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of our employment background check screening platform with Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service, a component of Oracle Talent Management Cloud.

In The News

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
7/22/2014 EmployeeScreenIQ and Newton Form Partnership to Provide Employers With Integrated, Paperless, Professional Background Checks (PRWeb)
Designed to save time on repetitive tasks, increase productivity and promote security, the Newton applicant tracking system now seamlessly integrates with EmployeeScreenIQ's premium employee background check platform to offer a simple, smart, safe and stable pre-employment screening and applicant tracking process. Read More
7/8/2014 Online Recruitment Veteran and Digital Entrepreneur Joel Cheesman Joins EmployeeScreenIQ (PRWeb)
With EmployeeScreenIQ, Cheesman will have responsibility for nurturing the company's strategic partnership programs, including sourcing, negotiating and integrating new partners. Read More

Upcoming Events

6/22/2014 Meet EmployeeScreenIQ's Background Screening Experts at the Annual SHRM Conference
The SHRM 2014 Annual Conference is drawing close, once again. Please visit EmployeeScreenIQ at Booth #2483 at SHRM, Sunday, June 22nd through Tuesday the 24th. Let our experts assess your employment background screening program and be entered to win 1 of 25 Kindle Fire HD tablets. Read More
5/22/2014 Experts Connection Webinar: Screening Job Candidates via Social Media: Reckless Practice or Savvy Strategy?
EmployeeScreenIQ's chief marketing officer and executive vice president, Nick Fishman, will be leading an Expert Connection webinar for NetShare on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST entitled "Screening Job Candidates via Social Media: Reckless Practice or Savvy Strategy?". Read More
6/9/2014 EmployeeScreenIQ Sponsors "Recruit to Win" Conference in Philadephia
EmployeeScreenIQ will be exhibiting at the "Recruit to Win: Building a Championship Team" conference at the Radisson Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on Monday, June 9, 2014. Read More

Media Center

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
5/6/2014 When Background Screens Turn Up Criminal Records (SHRM.org)
“If your candidate has a criminal background, the first step is to educate yourself on the top legal issues,” said Angela Preston, vice president of compliance and general counsel at background screening firm EmployeeScreenIQ. Read More
4/26/14 Work resumes still important in hiring (Shreveport Times)
A recent survey by EmployeeScreenIQ, a national background screening service, of companies that rely on employee background checks found “that employers consider resume distortions as a serious breach of trust and confidence, which directly impacts a candidate’s chances of getting hired.,” according to wire reports. Read More

The Verifier

The Quarterly publication of EmployeeScreenIQ.
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