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THE BLOG ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKING

    January 10th, 2017

    Ban-the-box laws on background screening can backfire for minorities
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    Two academic studies raise serious questions about the advisability of well-intended “ban-the-box” laws, which bar employers from asking job applicants about criminal convictions in initial job applications.  An experiment by researchers at the University of Michigan and Princeton found that ban-the-box laws — enacted by about 24 states, dozens of localities, and most federal agencies — […]

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    January 10th, 2017

    Background checkers: Pay close attention to middle names

    Background screeners hired to do a criminal check on a job applicant named “David Smith” need to make a reasonable effort before reporting to the employer that he’s a convicted felon.  That was the finding  of a three-judge federal appeals court panel in Michigan in September 2016, ruling against LexisNexis Screening Solutions. David Alan Smith was […]

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    December 21st, 2016

    Boardroom publication seeks Mintz Group’s counsel on vetting directors

    A publication with expertise in corporate governance sought the Mintz Group’s advice on best practices in vetting prospective board members.  The online newsletter Boardroom Insider, at boardroominsider.com, said the first step in vetting possible directors is to “put your HR staff to work on a proper background and reference check for new directors as you […]

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    December 21st, 2016

    Federal agencies propose loosening background check rules for police

    The DOJ and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a recent report that police departments should consider loosening their background screening practices because they tend to disproportionately disqualify minorities – which in turn worsens distrust of police in many communities.  Police agencies should consider easing reliance on criminal records because “excluding applicants regardless of […]

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    December 20th, 2016

    Background screening of health workers can fail miserably

    One would think background checks would be routine in hiring medical personnel making life-and-death decisions about ill people – but it turns out they’re sometimes ineffective.  In early 2016, a surgical technician in a Colorado hospital stole a syringe filled with the painkiller fentanyl and replaced it with one filled with saline solution to be […]

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