All Posts By "Barry Nixon" (Total Posts: 69)

The Magnificent Seven: The Coming Trends that Will Impact Background Screening

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP As the publisher of The Background Buzz, the leading newsletter for the professional background screening industry, my monthly preparation involves reaching hundreds of articles and publications that deal with hiring, recruiting, talent management and acquisition, from business journals and blogs, to management publications. I would like to focus on the "magnificent ...

The Seven Year Reporting Rule: ‘To Report or Not to Report’ That is the Question?

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP With more and more private investigators conducting background checks, it is important to understand the seven-year reporting rule and the details regarding when the clock starts ticking after a conviction and prison time. According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, unless the individual is reasonably expected to earn more than $75,000, ...

Trust but Verify

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Job descriptions often include educational requirements that have been developed based on extensive analysis of job requirements and the level of knowledge needed to successfully perform the work. In addition, a professional license or certification also may be required. Certification criteria varies from field to field, but includes a specified ...

WANTED: EEOC Upends Background Screening with New Position on Criminal Background Checks

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Four years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new guidance regarding background checks that would address the rise in conviction rates generally, and the disproportionately high conviction rates of African American and Hispanic men. The Enforcement Guidance would amend the increased availability and ease of the use of criminal ...

The National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) Could Deliver a Fatal Blow to the U.S. Background Screening Industry

If you read the February edition of The Background Buzz (see  http://goo.gl/0iBHZ1) you likely saw the article, The Way Forward for Federal Background Investigations which discusses the U.S. Federal Government’s announcement of a series of changes to modernize and strengthen the way that background investigations are conducted for Federal employees and contractors and protect sensitive ...

Don’t Let Resume Lies Get Your Company in Legal Trouble

Data reported by background screening companies have consistently shown that 30 to 50percent of job applicants misrepresent themselves and/or outright lie on their resume.  While there is universal agreement that applicants falsifying their resume is problematic the fact is that it is not illegal. However, hiring a person based on what is presented in their ...

ICC Revised Cookie Guidance Builds on ICO Guide in ‘Practical Way’

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) UK is launching the second edition of its Cookies Guide, which has the aim of building on its April guidance to provide website operators with a comprehensive framework they can use as a tool to comply with the complex e-Privacy rules. "We have worked hard in recent months to ...

Licensing for PIs Just Around the Corner

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee released its long awaited findings on private investigators, recommending full licensing and regulation of the industry by 2015.This is an industry machine well oiled by growing numbers of operators able to set up from the comfort of a bedroom, with easy access to a substantial black market in ...

Job Candidate Discriminated Against Because of Criminal Record

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has tabled a report in Federal Parliament setting out its finding that an employer discriminated against an applicant for a market analyst position on the basis of his criminal record. The applicant, who had previously worked for the employer, had two drink-driving convictions. The applicant failed to disclose one ...

Workplace Fraud Cost $3.2B Last Year

Fraud in the workplace cost Canadian small businesses $3.2 billion last year, an accountancy group says. The report published Tuesday by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA) found some 290,000 small and medium-sized enterprises were victimized by some sort of occupational fraud last year. The survey of firms with less than 500 employees found ...