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THE BLOG ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKING

TOPIC: Background Checking

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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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    bank due diligence

    February 13th, 2017

    U.S. Treasury: “Zero Tolerance” is not the standard for bank due diligence

    By John Mintz

    In recent months the IMF, World Bank and other institutions warned that global banks were being so tough in their anti-money laundering and due-diligence campaigns that some small economically weak nations were virtually banished from the worldwide banking system. In response, the U.S. Treasury replied that it never intended an overly punitive “zero tolerance” regime. IMF […]

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    whats on linkedin

    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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    hiding your online presence

    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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    experts backgrounds

    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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