Federal Background Check: What’s in It for You?


Let’s face it. Today’s economy is tight and jobs can be hard to find. There is also a concomitant rise in instances of violent behavior in the workplace, splashing across the headlines far too often. This means that you likely will encounter instances where former, or even current, criminals apply for jobs in your organization. […]

Background Screening: The HR Professional Perspective


As the world moves toward a more global workforce, the use of background checks, especially those that incorporate international data, is increasing exponentially, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). The impetus behind seeking background checks continues to be the focus on protecting both employers and their customers, especially […]

Are National Criminal Database (NCD) Checks Enough?


So, here you are. Your boss is asking you to hire some new employees for the first time and you are not sure where to start. If only there was an HR department who knew how to handle this! You don’t want to let her down, so you decide to check your resources, those resources […]

Is an OFAC Background Check Right for your Candidates?


From Country to Country Any company that strives for diversity on their team or does business internationally may come across making an offer to a candidate that has lived, worked, or was born outside of the United States. Employers must not only know what the candidate’s background looks like from their time spent in the […]

Temporary Tammy Needs a Seasonal Background Check


Everyone is doing more during the holiday season. More cooking, more eating, more shopping, more driving to grandma’s and for some people; more hiring. According to an article this fall by CNBC.com “UPS (United Parcel Service) would hire about 100,000 temporary employees for the crucial holiday season beginning in November.” Now most business will not be […]

Dangers Of Not Doing Background Checks For The Hospitality Industry


The hospitality industry is renowned for many things. One thing human resource managers should be aware of is the link between the hospitality industry and lawsuits. The threat of litigation has always been extremely high. In 2015, for instance, the hospitality industry was the most sued industry by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC). The […]

Do Your Franchises Need Background Checks. You Bet.


Imagine you are hit with a multi-million dollar court settlement. Can your franchise sustain it? In case you do, can you survive the reputational damage? Of course, such a settlement will get you lots of publicity – all for the wrong reasons. How much would it cost to clean up your image? This is a […]

It’s a Bad Idea: Why you shouldn’t rely on free background checks


Many websites now offer free background checks. At no cost at all, they promise to check public records, criminal records, court records, and so on. Two popular websites which offer free checks are freebackgroundchecks.org and background checks.org. On these two websites, anyone can conduct a background check on another person in a matter of minutes […]

Warning to Employers: [Get Your Background Checks In Order]


Employers have always lived under the threat of litigation when using background checks for screening applicants. This is nothing new. What is new is that, over the last few years, a particular aspect of using background checks has become a leading source of class action lawsuits. This aspect his the disclosure and authorization of background […]

Staffing Beware: Improper Use Of Background Checks Could Get You Sued


Original Post: 3-15-16 Updated Post: 4-29-16 Updated Post: 7-18-16 Updated Post: 10-23-16 Updated Post: 4-4-17 In April 2015, the staffing industry and others were rocked by the news that retail giant Amazon had been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit. The class action was brought against the company under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The company was […]