Background Checking

If You Hire In California, You Need to Know About These New Background Screening Rules

Several common background check practices became illegal in California last month. Recent additions to the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act address how employers use criminal histories in employment decisions. A laudable goal – reducing employment barriers for people with criminal…

Screening International Workers Is Becoming a Must

The debate on immigration and the global economy has never been fiercer. At the same time, competition for top talent continues to grow, as employers look to an international workforce to fill talent gaps and expand operations across the globe….

Fingerprint vs. Name-Based: Which Background Screening Solution Is Best for Employers?

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard about states and municipalities passing bills requiring FBI or state fingerprint background checks for certain industries. While it’s good to see the government supporting employee and consumer safety, it’s also…

Management 101: The 3 Cardinal Rules Of Reference Checks

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: Reference checks are not background…

Philadelphia Toughens It’s “Ban the Box” Law to Include All Employers

By Eric B. Meyer The City of Philadelphia announced this week that Mayor Michael Nutter has signed an Executive Order to implement this amendment to the city’s Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance, also known as Ban the Box. Under the Executive Order,…

President Obama Says He’ll Push For a Federal “Ban the Box” Law

By Eric B. Meyer No more questions about criminal convictions on job applications. Flanked by New Jersey Sen. (and former Newark Mayor) Cory Booker, D-NJ, President Obama announced yesterday in Newark that he would take action to help those with…

The Upcoming Holidays Are a Reminder: Get Your Screening Process in Order

School is in session and the holidays are quickly approaching. Retail stores are hiring their much-needed holiday workforce. And, for many running volunteer programs, volunteers are knocking at the door, ready to lead Girl Scout troops, volunteer for the PTA,…

Will a Minor Possession Charge Show Up on a Job Applicant’s Background Check?

Employers naturally have a lot invested in the hiring process for their company. They want to make sure they select the very best employee whenever possible. This of course means ensuring that the person brought in to fill the vacancy…

Federal Judge Channels His Inner Kenny Rogers to Rebuke EEOC Yet Again

U.S. District Court Judge Roger Titus chose to open his recent memorandum opinion with the timeless lyrics from Kenny Rogers’ hit song, The Gambler, on why he found that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was liable for nearly $1 million in…