Category: Current events

This Week in Backgrounds: More Acquisitions and Cool Stuff in India

Hi everyone!  I hope you’re all NOT in the Midwest with me braving the below 0 temperatures.  There have been a few acquisitions announced this week. If you’re keeping track, they’re the ones I alluded to in my last blog post.  In addition, I got a really cool demo of a newer product out of India that I think deserves everyone’s attention.  Community Brands, a division of Ministry Brands, the leading provider of cloud-based software for associations,

This Week in Backgrounds: Mergers and Acquisitions Heating Up

Well, the “this week in backgrounds” title continues to be misleading. It should be “recently” but hey, my blog, my rules!  The acquisitions market is very hot right now– lots happening and more coming soon.  Not only do we have CRA’s buying other CRA’s but private equity and other strategic buyers continue to make their bets on the 2.9 billion dollar screening market.  First, Appriss announced last week the acquisition of Crime Finders, Inc. (CFi),

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

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

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

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

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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