“Background checks have increased over the past 12 months, according to responses by screening companies surveyed for this month’s Workforce Magazine’s Hot List. All but one participant in last year’s Workforce Hot List reported increases in 2013 in either the number of individuals screened or corporate clients using employment-related screening services. Nine out of 15 Hot List participants reported increases in both categories.”
“It’s an industry that carries significance for most human resources departments: 69 percent of all employers conduct background checks on their job applicants, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2012 background checking survey. “
Interesting enough, the increases in background checks were preceded by new guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April 2012 which many saw as the beginning of the demise of background screening. The new guidelines have posed a challenge to employers, however, despite the challenge employers do not appear to be backing off and continue to increase their focus on background screening.