Category: Employment Law

Critical Ethical Considerations in Employment Screening

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII What if your employment screening company doesn’t first positively identify your candidate? A case in point: “Edwin Banner” (not real name) of the Des Moines Banners, a comfortable but eternally bored in his plush Manhattan office on the 71st floor decided that the personal exploits intended on his next […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tennessee Passes Employer Privacy Act S.B. 1808

TN passes S.B. 1808 further restricting employers from requiring personal data of applicants and… Click To Tweet These new laws indicate a growing trend that restricts employers from accessing applicant’s and employee’s personal online content. In April 2014, Wisconsin became the 13th state to adopt a social media password protection law and subsequently, Tennessee has […]

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 […]

Why APSCREEN runs like a Rolex watch

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII At APSCREEN, we are constantly asked why we live in the Stone Age with respect to using paper consent forms and requiring “live” or “wet” signatures on those consents. While just about every one of my competitors will laugh us off, the proof of our being right about not […]