Employment screening: a look back at 2015
as always — the great year that both Mind Your Business and the background screening industry have had. There have been significant strides in the employment industry over the past year, with legislation improving employment equality introduced, minimum wage increases, and a reduction in wage theft. Industry Issues It was another emphatic year for the ban-the-box movement, as more cities and states passed legislation preventing employers from discriminating against job applicants with criminal records. (New York City, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the state of Oregon now have ban-the-box policies, among others.) Indeed, President Obama even signed an Executive Order for federal employers to remove the criminal-history check box from government job applications. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cracked down on enforcement of both the Fair Credit Reporting Act and adverse action on behalf of job applicants in 2015, winning $525 million for defendants who had been discriminated against. (Make sure your company doesn’t become next year’s statistic by making sure you comply to federal laws when taking adverse action.) Mind Your Business, Inc. Mind Your Business continued to advance our role as a leading background screening company in the federal space. We expanded the team committed to this space, including hiring a new Director of Government Solutions to lead the effort. We also acquired two EEO contracts, and became a designated recipient of the Blanket Purchase Agreement for meeting specific requirements under its Social Security Administration GSA Schedule. In addition, to ensure we stay at the forefront of technology in the screening industry, we integrated our applicant tracking system with even more customer-relationship management programs (taking us to 24 integrations in total). As an 8(a) certified business, we were also invited to attend the National Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Winter Conference. It has been quite a year! We are thankful to have had such a successful 2015, and look forward to seeing what 2016 will bring, both for the industry and for our company.]]>
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