Update: With recent FCRA decisions pointing in confusingly different directions, don't bank on leniency from the courts. You don't want to be the employer facing a class-action lawsuit involving every applicant who ever got a non-compliant disclosure form. That means this post (originally published in April) is more relevant than ever. Read it to learn from others' mistakes – and make ...
Chris Gonzalez, Dave Comiskey, and Jim Camut had a problem: Every dog walking service they tried was unreliable. Walkers would bail at the last minute and leave the friends troubling each other for help. It ruined their schedules, so they decided to find out what was going on.
Several common background check practices will soon be illegal in California.
Recent additions to the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act address how employers use criminal histories in employment decisions. A laudable goal – reducing employment barriers for people with criminal records – inspired the new rules.
If you’ve ever applied or helped someone apply to college, you know how much work it is. Imagine helping 10 students get into college every year, providing the SAT prep, scholarship essay writing, and application advice for all of them.
A series of recent class action complaints against employers leads me to write about what employers can do to mitigate risk with respect to their background screening program.
I’m talking about pre-employment background checks when an employer uses the services of a third-party background screening company. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) (15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.), em...
We know background checks can provoke anxiety in even the most qualified candidates.
Put yourself in their shoes: They’ve gotten so close to the position they want, and only one thing stands in their way.
Los Angeles is the latest major city to pass a Ban-the-Box measure (Ordinance 184652) applicable to private employers. It will become effective January 22, 2017 and will be enforced beginning in July 2017.
In 2005, after 15 years in prison, David Dahl was welcomed back into the family bakery, known for its organic ingredients, by his older brother Glenn.
Dave began to tinker with a recipe of his own, and soon developed Dave's Killer Bread, the top organic bread in the United States.
Today, the bakery employs 300 people, a third of whom have criminal backgrounds. And it's a model for ...
GoodHire’s mission is to help build trust in the employment process. Manager, peer, professional and personal references are a crucial factor in how people build trust. The people who know a job candidate are the most valuable and most accurate sources of information.
Now you can check healthcare workers' professional track record, search for any criminal history, and verify education, previous employers, and professional licenses – all in one place.
Whether you're already using GoodHire background checks or just considering GoodHire for the first time, you can now choose Healthcare Sanctions Search options as an add-on to any background check.
Editor's Note: Restorative Justice is such a simple (and ancient) approach: Involve those who commit crimes in the process of repairing the harm they've caused to people, relationships, and the community and reintegrate them once amends are made. This concept – that repairing harm rather than ostracizing those who cause it makes for healthier communities – is being proven in schools, w...
Editor’s Note: Restorative Justice Week, November 20-27, sheds light on a “non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities.” One of the best ways employers can help is to extend opportunities to people reentering the workforce after completing their sentences. T...
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