Sometimes you hear people complain about the use of pre-employment credit checks as part of the hiring process. They say, “My bad credit shouldn’t be an issue in whether I can do the job. I’m being discriminated against.” Are they right?
Kansas City Star business columnist Diane Stafford takes up that issue in her recent column […]
According to a recent study conducted by J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., “55% of 161 HR professionals surveyed said they have discovered outright lies on resumes or applications when conducting pre-employment background or reference checks.”
Even though this is a small sample, the numbers look similar to other studies I’ve seen about the amount of […]
HRO Today just carried an article about outsourcing background checks with the title “Staffing Firm Finds a Better Option In Outsourcing Screening Services.” According to the story,
A privately held staffing company based in Seattle, Parker Staffing Service, LLC, provides temporary, contract, and full-time work in administrative, call center, IT, IS, development, QA, healthcare IT, […]
The US Economic Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that charges of job discrimination based on the use of criminal background checks, credit reports, and other screening tools in hiring increased by more than four times between fiscal years 2003 and 2006. To help businesses understand and comply with the laws related to background checks and […]
Some days I think I’ve lived too long. One of them was when I caught a story in Florida today about the new reality of being Santa. “Santa gets a makeover” was the title, but the story wasn’t about fashion at all.
It was about the changing reality of being Santa Claus. Today it seems, Santa […]
Under the headline “Aviation workers soon to get more criminal checks,” USA Today writes about changes that are coming for workers at America’s airlines.
“More than a million aviation workers — including pilots, mechanics and flight attendants — will begin undergoing more thorough background checks in January as the U.S. focuses on preventing insider terrorist […]
You probably don’t know who Wendy Adcock is, but right now she’s the focus of a lot of attention in Columbus, Ohio. That’s the home of the Ohio State University (OSU) who hired Adcock in 2005 as an accounts clerk at the university libraries.
The OSU student paper, the Lantern, describes the situation in a story […]
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune recently carried a story that made me sit up and take notice. I forwarded it to my children, who have their own children, and to all my friends who are parents of young children. The story wasn’t about toxic paint on toys or any of that other stuff that’s been […]
A recent Associated Press piece discussed the use of credit checks by employers as part of pre-employment screening and background checks. The writer cited an interesting statistic.
“In its most recent report on reference and background checking, in 2004, the Society for Human Resource Management found that 19 percent of organizations conducted credit checks.”
This is one […]
In October, news media carried the story of an off-duty police officer who shot seven people in Crandon, Wisconsin, killing six of them. Normally that would not concern us here because we talk about issues related to the use of background checks by employers and landlords.
Earlier this month, though, organizational development consultant Daniel Schroeder […]
The headline for this one pretty much says it all: Background check KO’s police applicant.
Oliver Shea Wright decided he wanted to become a police officer. So he submitted his application to the Newport News, VA police department.
The police department conducted the background check that’s a routine part of their hiring process. It turned out […]