Category: General Update

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),

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

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

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

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

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

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