employment background screening

New Arizona law addresses hiring ex-offenders

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently signed HB 2311 into law, bolstering limited liability protections for employers when hiring employees or contracting with independent contractors previously convicted of criminal offenses. The law attempts to balance increased risks and liability associated with possible negligent hiring. It prohibits the introduction of evidence of an employee’s or independent contractor’s…

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What's your favorite interview question and why?

We’re a team that loves to learn. Engaging with other HR and screening professionals always presents us with tips, strategies, and learnings from the wider screening community. Recently, we stumbled across the Reddit thread: What’s your favorite interview question and why? This conversation offered up some great question ideas for the hiring process – we wanted…

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E-Verify to dispose of decade-old records

purging all transaction records that are more than 10 years old from its system database. This is in an attempt to minimize the amount of Personal Identifiable Information that the U.S. Government maintains, to reduce the risk of online security threats. E-Verify is a free web-based application that allows employers to ensure that their employees…

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Obama expected to sign Executive Order to ‘ban the box’ for federal employers

President Obama is expected to sign an Executive Order on Monday that would prohibit federal employers from asking job applicants questions about potential criminal records until significantly later in the hiring process. In a previous post, we shared that both the House of Representatives and the Senate are also currently debating bills that propose ban-the-box…

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Are fingerprint background checks a form of discrimination?

against fingerprint background checks for drivers. The Austin City Council had recommended fingerprint background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers, but two local groups are not on board. Teddy McDaniel of the Austin Urban League and Nelson Linder of the Austin chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wrote a letter…

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Best way to prevent company cyber crime? Background screening, says study

In a recent study regarding cyber crime and company security, business professionals were asked what factors they deemed most important when it comes to protecting their companies against hacks, stolen data and other cyber crimes. While survey respondents had the option to choose from a variety of factors — such as physical security, access control…

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Why do employers check credit?

New York City’s decision to ban all employment credit checks this past spring, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit that question: Why DO employers check credit scores for potential employees, and what information do they get when they pull a credit report? First of all, when an employer pulls a credit…

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ACLU petitions for ‘ban the box’ executive action for federal jobs

has begun petitioning the government to stop including questions about applicants’ criminal records on federal job applications. Recently, President Obama spoke at the NAACP’s annual conference, where he asked Congress to pass federal “ban the box” laws and prevent criminal background checks from being conducted until later in the employment process. According to the ACLU…

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