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NAPBS Conference – Come See Jason and Nick Speak!

My blog this week will be rather short as we get ready for the NAPBS conference in Baltimore next week.  I wanted to take this opportunity for a shameless plug to come see Nick Fishman and me speak on Tuesday morning at 10:30. What will we be speaking about?  Well, in addition to our usual banter and personal insults aimed at each other, we have a pretty fun topic: Building, Scaling, Marketing and Growing your

This Week in Backgrounds: HR Tech

It took me over a week to write this blog, I was a bit overwhelmed by what I saw at last week’s HR Tech conference in Las Vegas and I wanted to let it all sink in.  This conference has gotten so big and, in many ways, so much better than other conferences for background screeners.  I remember going to my first HR Tech conference in Chicago so many years ago, there were only a

Will YOU Be at the HR Technology Conference?

Hi everyone, I’ll keep this blog really short.  Next week I will be attending the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas, September 11th – 13th.  If you would like meet, grab coffee, discuss current industry trends or even have an idea for a blog, hit me up.  I will be doing a post conference run down on all the things we are seeing in the screening industry and also in Human Resources innovation. If you’re

Healthcare Sanctions – It’s Good to Have Options

Newsflash! We understand that those in the healthcare (and other industries) are required to conduct pre-employment background checks as part of their hiring process and that the background screening industry is asked to perform these checks from time to time. Not impressed with this revelation? Fair enough, but let’s talk about something that might be a pleasant surprise for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) and their healthcare and other regulated customers. Complying with requirements to conduct

This Week in Backgrounds: Acquisitions, Awards and Innovation

Looks like background screeners have been busy this week, more so than in previous weeks.  Sterling Talent Solutions finally relaunched their small business offering, Global HR Research acquired easyBackgrounds, Accurate Background earned a big honor, and InfoMart launched driver qualification monitoring. Let’s begin with Sterling.  This has been in the works for a long time, but it appears they have finally launched their small business offering, SterlingNow.  I got a demo of this at this

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

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