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THE BLOG ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKING

TOPIC: Background Checking

    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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    January 18th, 2017

    Europeans toughen pilot vetting after suicide crash

    By John Mintz

    The 32-member European Aviation Safety Agency, which is part of the E.U., is strengthening its rules for evaluating the medical and psychological fitness of pilots on the continent.  The EASA is taking the action in response to the March 2015 crash of a Germanwings flight by a suicidally depressed pilot in which all 150 people on […]

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    January 10th, 2017

    Ban-the-box laws on background screening can backfire for minorities

    By John Mintz

    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

    By John Mintz

    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

    By John Mintz

    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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