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THE BLOG ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKING

TOPIC: Background Checking

    May 16th, 2017

    Africa is a hotspot for CV lying: background-screening firm

    By John Mintz

    While Africa’s economy is one of the world’s fastest-growing, the continent is also a center of rampant CV fraud, a South Africa-based background-screening company said. “To avoid taking a financial and reputational hit while exploring all [that] Africa has to offer from a growth perspective, it is essential for businesses to know – and verify […]

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    April 3rd, 2017

    Indian investors and creditors get new tools to dig for financial data: Mintz Group’s Michael Harrington

    By John Mintz

    India has taken important steps to modernize its booming economy, and one of the latest is a sweeping revision of its bankruptcy laws, replacing a decades-old patchwork of rules that often left creditors at wits end, according to an article in a leading Indian legal publication co-authored by Mintz Group Director Michael Harrington. India’s new […]

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    March 13th, 2017

    Strict background screening leaves some poor and minority people unemployable

    By John Mintz

    Lawyers representing low-income people are stepping up their argument that an increasingly strict approach to background screening for job candidates has resulted in a de facto lifetime ban on hiring many poor people. Since low-income people are more likely than the well-to-do and professionals to have been arrested for minor crimes such as drug offenses, […]

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    March 13th, 2017

    A federal agency warns landlords to take care in screening renters

    By John Mintz

    Landlords who do background screening to size up tenant applicants need to take care to avoid running afoul of the law, the Federal Trade Commission said in a recent public report. The main U.S. law that kicks in is the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which, among other things, governs background screening reports (or “consumer reports”) […]

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    February 13th, 2017

    Big Data in background screening? “Promising and scary”

    By John Mintz

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently held a public forum exploring the pros and cons of companies’ use of Big Data to make background-screening decisions in hiring, as well as in promotions. Participants cited a recent survey showing that 32% of companies use Big Data to make HR decisions. Big Data (in this context, sometimes […]

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    February 6th, 2017

    Beware of what’s on LinkedIn unless you check it

    By John Mintz

    What’s on LinkedIn is what people say about themselves. Relying on it as proof of someone’s experience in business or academics can be a dangerous move. The investors in WrkRiot likely wish they had thought of that before they put up money in 2015 to back the Silicon Valley job-search website and its founder, Isaac Choi. […]

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    February 6th, 2017

    Security–clearance background screening: “Not where it needs to be”

    By John Mintz

    Great changes came recently to the U.S. government’s system of background screening on security-clearance applicants, and they were made in response to serious problems that emerged more than three years ago. The trouble started in September 2013, when a civilian Navy employee shot 12 people to death at the Navy Yard in Washington. Details emerged that the […]

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    February 3rd, 2017

    Mintz Group launches new division: Mintz Global Screening

    By John Mintz

    The Mintz Group is pleased to announce the formation of a new division, named Mintz Global Screening. This division will combine the strengths of Global Verify, our current high-volume, lower cost verification platform, with the outstanding team and industry-leading technology gained through our recent acquisition of Garda Background Screening Solutions. The formation of Mintz Global […]

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    January 23rd, 2017

    Hiding your online presence might raise skepticism

    By John Mintz

    HR consulting firm CareerBuilder found in a survey of hiring managers last year that 41 percent of firms said they are less likely to interview candidates if background checkers can’t find the person on the Internet. “There’s a lot of buzz about the various ways social media blunders can cost you a job, but that […]

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    January 23rd, 2017

    Check your experts’ backgrounds (and your opponents’)

    By John Mintz

    It was easy for a Tampa consultant to become an expert witness testifying in criminal trials, even though he lacked most of the professional credentials he claimed to have. Defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges failed for years to spot discrepancies in his CV. In September 2016, Chester Kwitowski was charged with five counts of perjury […]

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