How to Prevent Employee Theft: Reference Checking

Recently, Edward Snowden became a household name due to his theft and release of highly confidential information from the National Security Agency (NSA). Prior to being allowed access to the NSA’s information, Snowden was subjected to a background screening, which apparently revealed nothing problematic at the time. However, after a re...

How to Do a Better Reference Check – Automated

Reference checks are an essential step in your hiring process. As someone who has conducted a large number of reference checks, I know the process is time consuming, and often not very informative....

How to Get More from an Employment Reference Check

Employment reference checks are an essential step in your hiring process. As someone who has conducted a significant number of them in my career, I know they can be extremely time consuming and don’t always yield the most insightful information. Howeve...

Criminal Background Checks vs. Integrity Testing

David Arnold discusses the pros and cons to criminal background checks and offers an alternative that can help employers screen out a higher portion of non productive employees. Employers commonly use criminal background checks based on two reasons. First, the employer is interested in screening out individuals who have a criminal history...

House Appropriations Bill Blocks Implementation of EEOC Guidelines

On April 25, 2012, the EEOC released new guidelines regarding employers’ use of criminal conviction information in the employment process. In the wake of the release of these guidelines, the business community, as well as other interested parties, has indicated that the guidelines go way too far in their restriction of employers' use of...