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SterlingBackcheck Acquires EmployeeScreenIQ, a Global Provider of Background Screening Services

NEW YORK, November 3, 2015 – SterlingBackcheck, one of the world’s largest background screening companies, announced today that it has acquired EmployeeScreenIQ, a global provider of employment background checks and substance abuse screening services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Many Employers Not in Compliance With EEOC Criminal Records Guidance, EmployeeScreenIQ Research Shows

CLEVELAND, Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s criminal records guidance was made stricter in 2012, employers reacted with concern and confusion. A survey released this year by EmployeeScreenIQ showed that while more employers are following the EEOC guidance, many still admit to being out of compliance — a situation that puts them at considerable legal risk.

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EmployeeScreenIQ Named to Workforce Magazine’s “Hot List” of Background Checking Providers for Eighth Straight Year

CLEVELAND, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — EmployeeScreenIQ has yet again been recognized as one of the top providers of employment background screening services. For the eighth consecutive year, EmployeeScreenIQ made Workforce’s “Hot List” of background checking providers, which was published in the magazine’s September edition.

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SHAKER Announces Strategic Partnership With EmployeeScreenIQ

SHAKER, the market leader in custom simulations for pre-employment testing, today announced details of its new strategic partnership with EmployeeScreenIQ, a global provider of employment background screening services. The resulting combination of SHAKER’s Virtual Job Tryout® technology and EmployeeScreenIQ’s advanced screening solutions provide the companies’ joint customers with high-level insight into their candidates to make smarter, data-based hiring decisions.

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EmployeeScreenIQ Approved for SHRM Preferred Provider Network

CLEVELAND, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — EmployeeScreenIQ (, a global provider of employment background screening services has been approved by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to join its Preferred Provider Network. EmployeeScreenIQ can now award SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the programs that the company offers relating to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK), including webinars, speaking engagements, podcast, e-learning and other programs. The SHRM BoCK contains the knowledge and behaviors on which the new SHRM certifications are based.

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Even Where It’s Legal, Marijuana Still a Drag for Truck Drivers

(FleetOwner) Among employers in general, for example, some in places where medical or recreational use of marijuana is permitted notably have tightened up their policies on pot, according to EmployeeScreenIQ, a background and substance abuse screening provider based in Cleveland.

The company states that in Colorado, which legalized recreational use of marijuana in 2012, employers have been able to continue to enforce drug- and alcohol-free workplace policies that ban marijuana — again, particularly because the federal position on marijuana is unchanged.

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New EmployeeScreenIQ White Paper Reveals 5 Ways Employers Should React To Surge of Marijuana Legalization

CLEVELAND, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Given that 23 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana use in some form so far, the question arises: How should employers adjust their drug policies if the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana is permitted in their state or locality, or even nationally?

A new white paper, “Marijuana Legalization: Why It’s High Time You Reviewed Your Company’s Drug Policy,” from EmployeeScreenIQ examines the rise of marijuana legalization and its implication for employers. It details recommendations regarding drug-free workplace and substance abuse policies, drug testing policies and important legal ramifications in light of the new legislation.

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EmployeeScreenIQ Becomes a Member of the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA)

CLEVELAND, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —  EmployeeScreenIQ (, a global provider of employment background screening services announces that it has joined the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA),  an international trade association which strives to educate consumers, media, legislators and regulators about the benefits of the responsible use of consumer data, as a Specialized Reporting Member.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Background Checks, Employment Screening

Cleveland Plain Dealer-  You are confident you could do the job, but you don’t exactly have all the credentials the employer is requesting.

If you are tempted to embellish your resume — even just a tad — to make yourself a perfect fit for the job, think again. Lying on your resume about degrees and diplomas is a nearly certain way to have an employer eliminate you from consideration, according to a national survey revealing trends about how employers use background checks and other employment screening methods.

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5/8/2015 Court Rules LinkedIn Searches Are Not Background Checks

“At the crux of the complaint was the plaintiffs’ argument that LinkedIn was acting as a consumer reporting agency (CRA) under the FCRA, and that reference searches were consumer reports,” said Angela Preston, vice president of compliance and general counsel at background screening company EmployeeScreenIQ.

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