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The EEOC’s Criminal Background Screening Guidance: What Employers Need to Know

For employers, the (EEOC) U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2012 update to its criminal background screening guidance has created not only mass confusion, but serious hiring uncertainties on exactly how to conduct criminal background checks without significant legal risk to your organization. The EEOC’s efforts to enforce this guidance however, has revealed six crucial lessons to employers.  If followed (and understood) correctly, these lessons …

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Social Security Trace VS Social Security Verification

One of the most common misconceptions in employee background screening requests is the difference between a social security trace and a social security verification. Typically, an employment background check consists of a social trace, which is an instant search administered based on the number submitted by the applicant. The search returns all the credit header information associated with that number …

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Criminal Arrests 101

9/23/15 By some estimates, 21 percent of job applicants have some kind of criminal record. This statistic highlights the importance of making sure you are running an accurate and thorough employee background check on all individuals you are considering adding to your team.  Remember, just about anyone can look good on paper.  (For more on resume fraud, click here.)  Ban the Box legislation …

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LOOKING FOR A NEW EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND CHECK VENDOR?

Here Are 3 Questions to Ask When Shopping Around For a New Employment Screening Firm. Selecting an employment screening firm isn’t necessarily a straightforward decision. There are a wide variety of vendors in the market, each claiming to be exactly what you’re looking for.  These claims include wonderful customer service, quick turn-around time and accurate results.  If you are currently in the process …

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Not All Screening Companies Are Created Equal

Is your background screening company accredited? Not all screening companies are created equal.  Many background screening firms are members of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).  MBI Worldwide is not only a member – but their strict standards and best practices have helped them achieve the desired NAPBS Accreditation.

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Do You Re-Screen Current Employees?

IF NOT, HERE ARE THREE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START Article Contributed by: K. Chapman, President & Founder, MBI Worldwide, Inc. Does “Bob in Accounting” Have His Hand in Your Pocketbook? The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Research Department estimates that 69% of companies in the United States conduct some level of background check on new employees. As of …

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NO JOB EXPERIENCE? NO EDUCATION? NO PROBLEM.

NO JOB EXPERIENCE?  NO EDUCATION?  NO PROBLEM.   Have you ever had a friend or acquaintance who was bummed she was turned down for a job,  primarily because she didn’t have the experience or education needed to get the position? Well, no more worries for her,  because for as little as $50,  she can purchase a totally fake, professional reference from a company …

Reminder on EEOC Releasing Enforcement Guidance on Arrest and Conviction Records in the Hiring Process

Contributor:  Brian Chapman, CEO MBI Worldwide, Inc. Background checks are often requested by employers on job applicants. These checks are done especially on candidates seeking positions that require high security or in “positions of trust”, such as in a school, hospital, financial institution, airport, or government agency. These checks are traditionally administered by private companies, sometimes for as low as …

Background Checks and Diploma Mills

  A background check or background investigation is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, commercial records and financial records. Background checks are often requested by employers on job candidates, especially on candidates seeking a position that requires high security or a position of trust, such as in a school, hospital, financial institution, airport, and government. These checks …

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FAIR CHANCE ACT PASSED IN NEW YORK CITY

On June 30, 2015, Mayor Bill De Blasio signed into law the Fair Chance Act, a “Ban the Box” law that prohibits private employers in New York City from inquiring about applicants’ past criminal convictions until a conditional offer of employment has been made. Under the Fair Chance Act (the “Act”) an employer may ask about an applicant’s criminal history and …