Category: CA Employment Law

Is Your Employment Screening Company Inferior?

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII Your choice of an employment screening company, due to pending legislation called The Fair Chance Act, now more than ever is a critical decision that includes your provider being 100% FCRA 607 & 613 (a) (2) Complaint and 613 (a) (2) Capable. The reason? Many Human Resource departments rely […]

APSCREEN Celebrates 35 Years Aerospace Employment Screening

Aerospace Screening – Tom Lawson, CEO APSCREEN says, “For over 35 years APSCREEN has screened the professionals who make and service the critical stuff that America’s Space & Defense Programs and the Military depend on.” Line personnel, designers, engineers, assemblers, supervisors, managers, strategists, and software developers at every level who have been responsible for making […]

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Releases Report on Criminal History Records

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII Criminal History Records – The GAO, a watchdog that investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars, released a report in February 2015 on the use of criminal background checks titled ‘Criminal History Records: Additional Actions Could Enhance the Completeness of Records Used For Employment-Related Background Checks (GAO-15-162).’ The […]

More on Ban the Box Law and Hawaii Court Decision

It’s all the rage – employers high and low are concerned that their rights are being eroded by virtue of some grand plan to undermine the American employer through this recent legislation.  Sorry conspiracy theorists but nothing could be further from the truth! Actually when you look at the underlying theory of it, these laws […]

Arrest Records – U.S. Laws Regarding for Employment Screening

Reprinted with permission  Fisher & Phillips LLP Arrest Records – Fisher & Phillips LLP has created an invaluable document for employment screening purposes that outlines the laws employer’s need to know regarding the use of both arrest and conviction records across the United States. This chart gives an overview of laws affecting employers’ abilities to […]

How Ban the Box Affects Employer’s Background Screening Process

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII Ban the Box – Recently questions have arisen concerning how the background check process will be affected by ban-the-box laws such as the August 13, 2014 enactment of the San Francisco City and County’s ordinance which precludes employers of 20 or more employees from including a request for criminal […]

Workers’ Compensation – Why Good Employment Screeners Don’t Sell These Records

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII Works’ Compensation Records – APSCREEN is constantly asked why we don’t sell Workers’ Comp records for employment screening purposes so in case you are using such records, or considering the use of same in your screening process, I will detail here why APSCREEN does not purvey Workers’ Compensation Records. […]

What Fast-Track Employment Screeners Won’t tell you About Paperless Employment Screening

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII Many background-check platforms are web-based and the amount of interactivity required by the end user during the screening process can vary significantly between vendors. Higher-standard employment screening firms opt to process the work in the middle. You enter the information at the beginning and then log on to retrieve […]

For Employers Who are Still Confused about EEOC Guidance

Though employers have had a few months now to become familiar with the U.S. Equal Employment Occupation Commission’s guidance on the use of criminal background checks, questions and confusion about how best to respond have only grown. The guidance, issued April 25, is broad in its scope and specificity, essentially recommending that employers now only […]

EEOC’s Update of the Use Of Criminal Records

The EEOC has updated their idea of  “Employer Best Practices” as outlined below:   VIII. Employer Best Practices The following are examples of best practices for employers who are considering criminal record information when making employment decisions. General •    Eliminate policies or practices that exclude people from employment based on “any” criminal record. •    Train […]