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When Background Screening Goes Astray, Employers Face Severe Penalties

Nowadays, most companies conduct background checks as a condition of employment for prospective hires. Background checks aren’t just a necessary part of the hiring process—they also help companies reduce hiring risks by identifying individuals with a criminal history and verifying education and employment history.

Ghosting Tales: A Mini-Series – Part 1

In a recent article we explored the concept of ghosting, where an applicant that would have been a good fit and maybe even has accepted an offer just vanishes without a word. Thanks to a collaboration with recruiters at Addison Group, we have a special three-part series. Each part will include one ghosting tale. If […]

EEOC, FTC team up to provide tips on background checks

Employers and jobseekers alike are getting more direction on employer use of background checks with the release of two technical assistance documents from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On March 10, the EEOC and the FTC copublished the documents, which are available on the agencies’ websites. The documents—Background […]

New Illinois Law Prohibits Use of Credit History in Hiring Decisions

by Steve Brenneman Effective January 1, 2011, Illinois employers will have yet another restriction on their ability to make employment decisions. A new law will prohibit many employers from basing hiring, promotion, and other employment decisions on an employee or job applicant’s credit history. The Employee Credit Privacy Act (HB 4658), which was signed into […]