Using fingerprints for background checks can be a waste of time

The March 20th edition of the Denver Post included an article entitled “Fingerprint-based criminal background check legislation for Colorado health care professionals passes key hurdles.” In it, the writer commented,  “Spurred on by concerns that dangerous criminals are getting hired to care for ill, disabled and frail patients, legislation that would require fingerprint-based criminal background…

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Time for a little humor

A few years ago, one of our associates was doing a reference report on a job candidate applying to be a construction worker for a construction company.  At the end of what seemed to be a fairly positive interview, the reference asked if we knew where the candidate might be found.  Naturally, we didn’t know,…

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California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) Finalizes New Criminal History Regulation; Sets Effective Date of July 1

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has finalized its “Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions” regulation, which will go into effect on July 1, 2017. During the proposed legislation’s public comment period, the National Association of Private Background Screeners (NAPBS) submitted comments raising concerns regarding adverse notification, business necessity and the use…

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Social media background checks

According to InfoMart, there is some question about whether or not employers should conduct social media background checks.  The contention is that social media can be a valuable resource for employers regarding prospective employees and whether or not they’ll be the right fit for the employer.  On the other hand, more job seekers are becoming…

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Using background information

Per the EEOC, “Any background information you receive from any source must not be used to discriminate in violation of federal law.” This means that you should: Apply the same standards to everyone, regardless of race, national origin, color, sex, religion, disability, genetic information (including family medical history) or age (40 or older). For example,…

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