Category: NAPBS

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

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

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

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