Given the increasingly complex legal environment, employers in 2014 will be faced with the challenges of ensuring that a background screening provider utilizes best practices to be in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance for the use of criminal records, and applicable state laws as …Continue reading "Use of NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms by Employers Picking Up Steam"
Employers in the United States are coming under increased pressure to protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of job applicants due to increased media focus on identity theft and the “offshoring” of information gathered for background checks overseas beyond U.S. privacy laws. In 2014 employers may need to closely examine their processes in the area …Continue reading "Identity Theft and Offshoring Emerging as Important Factors for Employers to Consider when Screening"
While a hot topic in past years has been the use of the internet to help with employee selection through social media background checks, it appears that this trend is fading fast for a number of reasons. As a result, social network searches will diminish as a tool for background checks but will grow for …Continue reading "Social Network Searches Being Used Less for Background Checks and More for Recruiting and Sourcing"
Employers should generally approach the use of credit reports for employment purposes with great caution, carefully examining if such use is regulated by state law, is relevant to the job, and be on the lookout for potential future restrictions in 2014 as credit report checks continue to become a disfavored tool that could potentially disappear …Continue reading "Credit Reports Becoming Disfavored Tool in Employment Screening that May Disappear from Hiring Landscape"
In 2014, the use of international background checks will increase as employers both open offices outside of the U.S. and hire people who have spent time abroad. With nearly 250 political entities in the world, each country is an adventure when it comes to background checks and employers cannot assume that screening internationally is the …Continue reading "More Employers Including International Background Checks in Hiring Processes"
Technology will continue to decrease time and effort needed for background checks in 2014. In the coming year, employers can expect to see even more robust Applicant Generated Report (AGR) systems where applicants perform the data entry and also integration with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) where employers can simply click a button and be done. …Continue reading "Technology Decreasing Time and Effort Needed for Employers to Perform Background Checks"
Nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will soon announce the 7th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014 featuring emerging and influential trends in the screening industry chosen by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. After first being presented on the ESR News Blog, each trend will appear on …Continue reading "Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 to Be Announced by Employment Screening Resources"
Target Corp. will ‘Ban the Box’ asking job seekers about their criminal history on employment applications starting next year to comply with a new Minnesota law that takes effect January 1, 2014, according to a story from the StarTribune available at http://www.startribune.com/business/229310141.html.Continue reading "Target to Ban the Box Asking Job Seekers about Criminal History on Applications Starting January 1"
Starting November 1, 2013, employers in Seattle, Washington will need to comply with new “Ban the Box” legislation – Ordinance 124201 – that limits the use criminal history records by employers for employment screening during the initial hiring process. The text of Ordinance 124201, which creates a new ‘Chapter 14.17 The Use of Criminal History …Continue reading "Seattle Ban the Box Ordinance Limiting Use of Criminal Records by Employers Takes Effect November 1"
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued Administrative Order 2013-1 to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit state agencies under his jurisdiction from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before evaluating their knowledge, skills, and abilities for the job. The administrative order is available in PDF format at http://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/Documents/2013/adminorder-2013-1.pdf.Continue reading "Illinois Governor Issues Administrative Order to State Agencies to Ban the Box for Hiring"