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Attention Screening Executives and Owners – Why Don’t You Innovate Anymore?

Who are you and what makes your company different?   Those are two of the questions every sales person needs to project in any sales situation, especially in the background screening industry. If I had to place all screening companies into buckets, there would be four. First bucket, companies that innovate, disrupt and try to change the screening world for themselves and for their clients.  Second bucket would be simply the largest CRA’s.  Now some of

Why Employers Should Never Use FBI Background Checks

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve discussed this topic, it has to be in the hundreds.  There is so much data out there now to prove the points and still, sometimes it’s an argument.  The argument is simple: name based background checks (like those offered by our industry) are far superior to FBI fingerprint based checks.  There are a lot of reasons, here are several of them.  While I’ve written countless articles on

My Two Cents on How to Improve the FCRA

Having been involved in the employment background screening industry for so long one could say I have seen it all. I have seen class action lawsuits, congressional hearings, state hearings, and pundits slamming an industry they really don’t understand. Often critics don’t realize that there’s a loophole in the federal law (the Fair Credit Reporting Act) that was designed to help consumers but actually hurts them. Employment background checks exist because organizations simply want to protect their

This Week in Backgrounds: Background checks in Arkansas, Workforce Magazine and Sterling

Well, summer is half way over and while it’s not raining with background screening news there are still some exciting things happening this week.  First, NAPBS will be pursuing litigation against the District Court of Bentonville, Arkansas.  Second, Workforce Magazine has released their annual “Hot List” of background screening companies.  Lastly, Sterling Talent Solutions just named Josh Peirez as their new co-CEO. Bentonville, Arkansas has essentially stopped allowing screeners and record researchers access to records

This Week In Backgrounds: Monitoring and the Sharing Economy

Welcome to my new (hopefully) weekly series, This Week In Backgrounds (TWIB).  I hope to round up all the latest news for and about background screeners, end users and the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Over the past few weeks a few screening firms have announced their plans to launch criminal monitoring products to the sharing economy; specifically to companies such as Lyft and Uber.  Checkr has developed their product in concert with

Why hire an expert witness in a background screening case?

Employment background screening is a complicated and tricky area of the law. Aside from the various federal laws that govern our industry, there are a myriad of state and local laws that also must be considered. That’s why litigators place a tremendous amount of trust in the opinions of expert witnesses in tort cases. The value of an expert witness increases in complicated and niche cases such as Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Employment

Second Annual Background Screening Survey From NAPBS and HR.com

Recently, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and Human Resources magazine, HR.com, released their second annual background screeners survey.  There are some great industry tidbits in here but for me its the amount of companies currently doing background checks on their employees, an astounding 95%.  I remember a survey in the late 90’s that had that number around 30%.  Every single conversation screeners had at that time was on the virtues of screening

History of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)

If you know me professionally then you know I have been very passionate about the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) for many years.  This trade association has become an important voice for the entire background screening industry both to the public and the government. I couldn’t be prouder of the many accomplishments that have been made in 15 years. NAPBS started with an idea, when a group of like-minded competitors gathered in a room with one mission-to elevate our industry and

The Buzz at the 2018 SHRM Conference

The 2018 SHRM conference is in the books and an epic one it was, especially for background screeners.  I wanted to write about a few things I noticed, a few things I’m hearing, and most importantly, what it all means for background screeners.  What this won’t be is a recap of the conference, my good friend Bruce Berg does that so eloquently on his website.  The rumor mill was certainly in full force, much of

Recent Background Screening Industry Activity

Things are getting very interesting if you are a consumer reporting agency (CRA), a user of products, an end user of a CRA, or even watching from afar as a human resources professional.  In the past 18 months there have been no fewer than 10 mergers and acquisitions and many new entrants into the industry.  This is both good and bad for the industry overall, but it continues to thrive.  In my 20 plus years

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