N.C. School Board to Start Employee Background Checks

For many industries, employee background checks – also called “routine background screenings” – may seem excessive. However, in certain industries in which money is handled or in which children, the elderly, or the disabled are given care or supervision, employee background checks create a safer, more dependable workforce. As a result of this notion, the…

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Faculty at Florida University Question Background Check Policy

At the end of November, it was reported that the Florida Gulf Coast University faculty was speaking out against the recent background check policy. According to the Eagle News, the new policy, which went into effect on September 18, requires all current and applying employees to pass a “level 2” background check involving fingerprints. The…

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Forbes Gives Background Check Advice. Is It Any Good?

When it comes to Forbes, there are times the career advice is extremely on point, veering away from the typical revise-resume-build-a-network tripe. Other times, dated tips resurface, essentially misleading job seekers with suggestions that make human resources representatives’ eyes roll. But, recently, Forbes published a piece about employers conducting background checks, and the list, for…

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Computer Software Playing Greater Role in Lower-Level Hiring Decisions

Toward the end of September, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece on computer software to make hiring decisions. Xerox Corp.’s call center was cited, and as the article points out, software programs, used for judging experience and personality, are replacing human resource departments’ former functions. An algorithm, one that takes into account an extensive…

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After EEOC Changes, S.C. Companies Pushed to Discriminate Less Regarding Background Checks

The new EEOC changes, introduced in April, were written with the intention of opening up greater employment opportunities to applicants with criminal histories. But, as NPR pointed out earlier in the summer, employers are still using criminal background checks as a blanket hiring manager to exclude former criminals and other groups. Examining each potential employees’…

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Penn State Employees Notified of New Background Check Policies

Early in July, Penn State announced changes to its background check policy. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky verdict, their new policy, which combines three previous measures and is more comprehensive and pervasive, went into effect on July 5, and now staff and students are being notified of the changes. The background check policy,…

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Background Check Company Paying $2.6 Million in Settlement

When it comes to employment, accuracy must be at the forefront. Candidates proof their resumes, making sure all documents are free of typos and fully reflect experience, but employers themselves are not let off the hook. As a recent, record-making settlement shows, background check companies cannot be sloppy. According to the Washington Post, Oklahoma-based company…

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Suggestions for Social Media in Hiring, Searching for a Job

Not being connected to social media is so 2004. In fact, being involved in social media is seen as a prerequisite in today’s job market, regardless of age. Yet, while we have given advice for job candidates, employers must equally watch their behavior, as investigating too much can lead to a potential lawsuit. For job…

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New Jersey Takes Stand Against Social Media Background Checks

Originally considered a measure of character, credit checks have transformed into a growing obstacle for job candidates over the past few years, and now social media screenings appear as just as much of a threat, if not a greater one. While a credit report can clearly show an individual has made poor financial decisions, social…

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