Category: Human Resources

Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Searches Prevent Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

If you hire commercial drivers, or contract independent drivers, it is critical that you run a search of the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS). By running this search commercial drivers can’t hide previous driving infractions, accidents or any back-up driver’s licenses. And, it protects your claim with an insurance agency as most carriers will […]

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 […]

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 […]