Increased technology and the end of paper and faxing for employment screening

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources

2010 Trends in Screening Trend Six: 

With advances in database technology, and the general acceptance of the HR-xml standardization for database integrations, it appears that the use of paper and faxes is coming to an end.  Not that “Going Paperless” is exactly a new development. Employment Screening Resources, for instance, has offered a totally paperless background check solution to its clients since 2006.  However, integrations between background screening and other applications, such as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), or Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) may have reached a tipping point, so that the adoption will be at a faster rate.

It can also help solve issues concerning date of birth. Because of laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, some employers are hesitant to ask for date of birth.  That creates potential issues since background screening generally requires an applicant’s date of birth in order to establish identity during criminal searches.  However, the EEOC has made it clear that asking for date of birth is not prohibited, but should be approached carefully and requested in such a way that does not deter older applicants. With online system sensitive information such as a date of birth or social security number can be obtained directly from the applicant so that an employer is never in possession of that information pre-hire.

(Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading national online employment screening background firm, is releasing the ESR Third Annual Top Ten Trends in the Pre-Employment Background Screening Industry for 2010. This is the SIXTH of the ten trends ESR will be tracking in 2010.)