Background Checks, LIARs and Guns on the Job

As the debate over gun control rages, some observers believe letting employees carry guns to work is the answer.

Any employer considering guns at work should have a good background check policy in place first.

Background checks and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In the aftermath of several high-profile workplace shootings, some observers think the answer is arming employees, or allowing workers to bring guns to the job or allowing them to purchase AR-15 magazines and let them bring that to office.

Not every employer will accept an armory at the office is the answer. However, before any business even considers allowing guns in the workplace, first they had better have a policy of full and extensive background checks on all employees in place.

Human resources need LIARs

In human resources, the best approach is LIARs—“Look Into All References.”

Continue reading “Background Checks, LIARs and Guns on the Job”

SHRM Report: Use of Background Checks in Hiring

SHRM Survey Findings: BackgroundChecking—The Use of Criminal BackgroundChecks in Hiring Decisions

Do organizations conduct criminal background checks on job candidates? If they do, how often and under what circumstances?

Courtesy: 2012 backgroundcheck criminal_final from shrm

This study by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 69 percent of companies claim to conduct criminal background checks on all of their job candidates.

  • Some key highlights:

Continue reading “SHRM Report: Use of Background Checks in Hiring”

Building a Safer, Dependable Workforce Using Background Checks [Infographic]

How to Build a Dependable Workforce Using Background ChecksAnyone who works in a company with a Human Resources person or department knows, HR covers a lot of ground.

Most HR personnel are tasked with a wide range of responsibilities–recruitment and hiring;  compliance and benefits administration; conflict resolution, training and asset protection.

One essential job of HR is safety; making sure that employees are safe and companies free from legal liability arising from workplace incidents. Although everyone has a stake in a safe workplace, HR as a special role to play–starting with verifying prospective employees through background checks.

It take no big stretch of the imagination to realize that hiring the wrong person, someone perhaps with a violent criminal record, could lead to trouble if that person causes trouble.

Of course, a criminal record alone should not automatically disqualify an otherwise capable candidate. Any hiring decision should take in account the nature of the crime and the time passed since conviction.

For small companies without a dedicated HR person, there are several affordable options to perform background checks. In fact, there are many companies that can provide the service on a ‘pay only what you use‘ basis, keeping hiring costs down. Some–like PeopleMatter and Ovation–offer turnkey online hiring services, with background checks, hiring, verification and new-hire paperwork delivery.

With the cloud-based computing brings cost to a rock-bottom levels, it is certainly prudent for an employer to check the background of every candidate. This infographic from lays out the importance of background checks.

Infographic after the jump…

Continue reading “Building a Safer, Dependable Workforce Using Background Checks [Infographic]”

EEOC Rule Change For Background Checks

Seal of the United States Equal Employment Opp...
Seal of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can a youthful mistake—like a run-in with the law that occurred decades ago—keep a person from getting a job?

It may not be the case, based on new guidelines for employers determined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC recently updated the official position on criminal background checks. The new policy was approved this week, and a whitepaper is available that explains the new procedures. Employers can obtain the information by emailing a request to

Continue reading “EEOC Rule Change For Background Checks”