Showing Posts In "Background Screening Basics" Category





Fast and Furious: Motor Vehicle Checks Make the Roads Safer

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Motor Vehicle Records checks are a necessity for any business that has vehicles supporting business operations, from personal passenger vehicles, to fleets of delivery trucks. MVRs have become a regular part of the background screening process due to motor vehicle accidents being recognized as the leading cause of occupational […]


It Seems Like Background Screening is Under Siege

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Due to the recent surge in class action lawsuits against employers who allegedly violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act, background screening has been under attack. But, in all truth, many of these mistakes could have been avoided had the employer followed the very clear guidance provided by the FCRA. […]


Lazy, Lying, Lecherous and Lukewarm Performing Employees

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP At some point in time, employers will question the value of background checks. It is important for private investigators to better understand the cost benefit of conducting background checks so that, should the question arise, financial information and qualitative factors are readily available. Common behaviors and situations employers seek […]


Managing the Minefield of Dealing with Military Discharges in the Background Screening Process

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people and injured others in a shooting incident at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16, 2013. Although he was honorably discharged, ABC news reported that the Navy wanted to give him a less than honorable general discharge because of misconduct, but Alexis […]


Not Your Grandfather’s Background Check

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP The importance of performing background checks is well-known, with more than 83% of both public and private organizations conducting them as part of the hiring process. But times have changed throughout the years and background checks not only are performed to ensure a safe and secure work environment, but […]


Online Social Media Employment Screening Comes of Age

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP According to Les Rosen, CEO, Employment Screen Resources, a leading background screening expert, social media is, perhaps, the hottest trend in background screening because it allows employers to literally look inside someone’s head. In fact, according to a recent research report by the Society for Human Resource Management, 76 […]


The Rise in Applicants Suffering from the Pinocchio Syndrome Causing Havoc in Hiring Process

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Appropriately termed the “Pinocchio Syndrome,” hiring managers around the world are facing issues with applicants lying and misrepresenting their backgrounds during the hiring process, from educational and credential verifications, to employment history and criminal records checks. In one such instance, a conviction was reported by 3rd Degree Screening, Inc., […]


Practice of Using Credit Checks for Hiring is Fading

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Despite the debates and discussions at the federal level about new regulations to address the concerns about the impact of background checks on the nation’s high unemployment rate and the EEOC’s release of new guidance for conducting checks, there has been little movement in this area. At one point, […]


Professional Plaintiff Sues 46 Employers for Alleged FCRA Violations; Will Your Client Be Next?

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Michigan-based company WebRecon recently reported that June court filings for FCRA lawsuits were up 34.5% over May and up 27.6% for the year, to date. Sixteen of the 409 FCRA cases filed in June were Class Actions. Some of the top courts included 102 lawsuits in Chicago, 77 in […]


The Tragic Live Shooting at WDBJ-TV Demonstrates Why Reference Checking Matters

Authored By W.Barry Nixon, SHRM- CMP Although workplace violence is never easy to predict or prevent, reference checking is a step that can and should be taken to help reduce the risk of a tragic incidence. The recent on-air shootings at WDBJ-TV that ended the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward illustrate the belief […]




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