Category: Human Resources

Understanding Nuances of Locating Missing Pension and Benefit Plan Participants Without a Social Security Number

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII Under Title 29 CFR 4050.4 the diligent effort compliance requirement involves locating missing pension and benefit plan participants based on use of the participant’s social security number (SSN). Having the SSN is very important because the entirety of the file chain is rooted in the SSN. Also having the […]

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 […]

How to Handle Paperless Employment Screening

Posted with permission taken from a conversation from the CALHR Forum A*: My company is working toward the goal of becoming paperless. How have your HR departments accomplished this and how is it working out? I look forward to your responses. Thank you all very much. I appreciate it. Tom: The biggest problem that I […]

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 to Easily Find Lost Benefit Plan Participants

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII It is common knowledge that in-house and third-party benefit plan administrators regularly run across lost benefit plan participants for reasons such as an expired forwarding address file, death,etc. Since 1988 the need to locate missing people who terminate employment and have benefits due from a qualified p an has […]

America has more work-related crime including employee theft than other countries

Checkpoint Systems, a company that provides software and hardware solutions for the retail industry, released a report on Nov. 8, 2014 that finds American employees steal at a higher rate from their employers than workers in other countries except Argentina, according to MarketWatch.com. In fact, this report estimates theft caused a 27% increase in the […]

What Keeps the CEO of APCREEN up at night about the background check industry

Tom Lawson, CEO of APSCREEN recently did an interview with DriveThruRadioHR covering many interesting subjects regarding the employment screening industry. APSCREEN set a standard for thorough background checks starting in 1980 to the aerospace industry, and Lawson discusses his journey and how the employment screening industry has developed over the years. Also discussed was the […]