Category: Human Resources

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 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 […]

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. […]

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Friday May 23rd, 2014 in Employee Locator, Human Resources | No Comments »

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 […]

Global Homeland Security Search FAQs

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII A Global Homeland Security Search checks a compilation of domestic and international sanctions lists (see below). Individuals or organizations included on these lists may be involved in terrorist activities, money laundering, illegal imports, fraud against government agencies, violations of federal banking regulations, drug trafficking, etc. This search was developed […]

The Next Level for the Larger Employment Screening Customer

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII Everybody in the background checking industry misses the point about larger accounts. Most reduce the price because they are tormented by the client to keep the costs low and the carrot to the salesman is the Plum account. What nobody is paying attention to is that the product needs […]

Tuesday February 25th, 2014 in Employment Screening, Human Resources | No Comments »

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 […]

Critical Tips for Choosing an Employment Screener

by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII So what should you be looking for in an employment screening company? First of all, look for longevity. The longer a company has been providing background checks, the more experienced it is, and as a result, the knowledge, they will have in recognizing the signs of a “suspect” applicant. […]

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 […]