The Cost of Making a Bad Hiring Decision

One of the most common arguments we hear against background and reference checking is that it is “too expensive.” This is a fallacy—and a dangerous attitude. HR Management magazine published an article, “The ROI of Background Screening,” which calculated all the various ways that lax screening and checking techniques can cost firms money—from employee turnover…

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Workplace Safety and Background Checking

A recent lawsuit illustrates how background checks can give employers the necessary information to avoid hiring careless or dangerous people who cause property damage or injury to others. As widely reported in the media, Cedar Rapids Steel Transport (CRST) is potentially facing $350M in punitive damages stemming from a lawsuit for a 2014 head-on crash…

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Criminal Records Laws May be Strengthened at National Level

As reported by the National Employment Law Project, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) have introduced legislation to help prevent discrimination against workers with criminal records. The two companion acts—the Fair Chance Act (S.842/H.R.1905) and the REDEEM Act (S.827/H.R.1906)—between them cover a number of issues “fair chance” advocates claim hamper hiring rates…

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Positive Workplace Drug Tests Reach 12-Year High – What Employers Should Do

U.S. employees are failing drug tests at a rate higher than any time since 2004, according to the latest yearly Drug Testing Index from Quest Diagnostics, a diagnostic information services firm. The findings, which were released in late May at the annual Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA)  conference in Orlando, Florida, were derived…

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Social Media and Candidate Screening: Exercise Caution

Social media is becoming a powerful tool that employers increasingly use as part of their background checks on candidates for employment. Networking websites often contain more information about a job applicant than is typically provided on a resume or job application. However, websites can also disclose information that shouldn’t be part of an employment decision.…

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Why Do Job Candidates Lie, and What Do They Lie About?

Whether to land a plumb position or to find a job in a difficult labor market, it’s a fact that some candidates lie on their resumes. Estimates vary, but consensus is that approximately 25 percent of applicants embellish, exaggerate or outright lie on their resumes. They likely do this because they can get away with…

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Indiana Passes Law Restricting “Ban the Box” Requirements; Governor Eric Holcomb May Modify Through Executive Action

In late April, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Bill 312, which prohibits political subdivisions (local governments and entities; e.g. cities and counties) from passing any “Ban the Box” laws or ordinances that are more restrictive than applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. (Ban the Box laws restrict employers from asking…

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