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This (Last) Week in Backgrounds – Background Screening Bakers Dozen

Sorry, it’s been a bit since I’ve blogged, holidays, yada yada yada.  Typically, this is the slowest time for our industry so there’s not much to write about.  However, Today Sterling announced the acquisition of Australian screening firm, National Crime Check.  National Crime Check (NCC) is widely recognized for its high-quality service, superior technology and automation, and its deep client-centric focus. NCC operates out of Adelaide, South Australia. “We admire the hard work and determination

What Will Background Screening & Hiring Look Like in the Future?

I Have Seen the Future of Human Capital Management and background screening, and you’ve been using it for years.  This was the working title for this article, but I changed it so the point really hits home for screeners.  I don’t think people really grasp or understand how monumental the purchase of LinkedIn by Microsoft for $27 billion was in 2016.  I don’t know what the actual stat is, but I’d be shocked if the

3 Takeaways from the 2018 Annual NAPBS Conferences

By: Nick Fishman (and a sentence or two and a few thoughts by Jason Morris) Another NAPBS Annual Conference is in the books and what an incredible event it was. We continue to be amazed at how this association, which began in a hotel lobby, has swelled to over 900 participating companies. This industry is flying high now as unemployment continues to hit all-time lows and employer and the sharing economy adoption of employment background

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

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