“Background Check done incorrectly – anything I can do?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Question : I was offered a job by phone, and accepted it, pending a background check. The next day I received a phone call from the company’s HR Director in which he told me the offer was rescinded due to several items that appeared on my background check, including convictions for crimes in states I had never been to. Could I sue the background registry company? .

Pepsi and the Art of Criminal Background Checks.

HR Capitalist

million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren’t convicted of a crime. Using arrest and conviction records to deny employment can be illegal if it’s irrelevant for the job, according to the EEOC, which enforces the nation’s employment discrimination laws. Email this to people who want to use anything and everything on the background.


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Second Chance for Job Seekers with Good Hire

Competitive Resumes

I loved their voice on employment discrimination and the ex-offenders reentering the workforce. For the last ten years Good Hire has been helping job seekers with knowing what employers see on their background checks. Unlike most company’s background checks, this humanizes the process. Services are free to job seekers, give them a sense of empowerment by making background screens to job seekers. Background Checks Employment

2016 155

Second Chance for Job Seekers with GoodHire

Competitive Resumes

I loved their voice on employment discrimination and the ex-offenders reentering the workforce. For the last ten years, GoodHire has been helping job seekers with knowing what employers see on their background checks. Unlike most company’s background checks, this humanizes the process. Services are free to job seekers, give them a sense of empowerment by making background screens to job seekers. Background Checks Employment

2016 142

Dear Potential Employer, Please Access My Social Network


Companies have been using social networking sites as a form of online background check. I coined the term Social Media Discrimination , and this my friends is another chapter in the many ridiculous ways companies are using social networks as a form of background check to disqualify candidates. Can Accessing Facebook for Hiring Result in Social Media Discrimination? Check out the AP article that inspired this post. .

Solutions to Mitigating Risk of Corporate Social Media


Check out Part 1: As Social Media Adoption Grows So Does Corporate Risk. The key to understanding social media and the potential risk for social media discrimination and harassment require business leaders to use and engage on the social networks in order to understand the fundamental communication shift. Social Intelligence: No Risk Employee Background Checks. Employment Law Attorney Offers Solution for Risk and Social Media as Background Check.

Are Credit Checks an Effective Pre-Employment Screening Technique?


Credit checks by employers are up 6% over last year to 21% according to a 2011 report by EmployeeScreenIQ. If you’re lucky enough to score a second interview and finally the offer, you get to be subject to all kinds of checks. Background checks. Reference checks. And the looming…Credit Check. Most job seekers would tend to disagree with the use of a credit check as a way to determine if you’re fit for a job.

2012 131

Part 4 — How to Write Social Media Policies


Managers are now using google and social networks as a form of employee background check. HR Social Media employment law social media facebook firing hr background check HR policy human resource policy social media discrimination social media policies social media policyIn Part 1 of “How to Write Social Media Policies Series,” I discussed the myths around social media.

Part 3 — How to Write Social Media Policies


HR Social Media employment law social media facebook firing hr background check HR policy human resource policy social media discrimination social media policies social media policyIn Part 1 of “How to Write Social Media Policies Series,&# I discussed the myths around social media. In Part 2 , I outlined paid and unpaid social media monitoring tools organizations can use, and in Part 3, I share some scenarios that companies and HR teams may have already encountered.

Workplace Social Media CYA


I come from a corporate human resources background. While HR might not have the final say in who your hiring manager or organization hires, they are involved in creating your company’s social media policy as well as the company’s background check policy and corporate investigations which many times involves social media. social media policies social media discrimination social media policyThis is a 4 part series on Managing Your Social Media Mullet.

PODCAST – How bad credit keeps you unemployed

Resume Bear

There is a lot of controversy around employers using credit checks to disqualify a potential employee and I mean A LOT of controversy. ARTICLES CITED IN THE PODCAST: Accenture Sued for Discrimination Over Background Checks, According to Worker’s Legal Team. Cahill proposes limits on employer credit checks. How Bad Credit Keeps You Unemployed.

2010 203

Did You Know That. ?

Sklover Working Wisdom

More and more states and cities are making it illegal to discriminate against prospective employees based on a prior criminal conviction. cities have passed laws that limit when and in what ways a pre-employment criminal background check may be conducted, and how they may be used in hiring decisions. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission passed new rules that do not ban the use of criminal background checks in hiring, but require that good judgment must be used.

2013 109

Your Digital Dirt May Have Just Gotten Messier

Career Solvers

AOL recently reported that the Federal Trade Commission recently granted background check company Social Intelligence permission to search information from people’s social networking sites as part of routine background checks, stating the checks are in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. This makes the service enticing to employers since it makes them less vulnerable to discrimination charges and other legal risks.

2011 70

Recruiters Must Avoid These 7 Hiring Mistakes At All Costs

Recruit CRM

If you, by mistake, discriminate against certain candidates or favour people who share your same religion, social class, gender, ethnicity or age, you're ending up doing an unconscious bias. An ace recruiter would never make a crucial mistake of committing accidental discrimination.

2020 52

How to Keep Social Media From Working Against Your Job Search

Resume Bear

This variety of ‘social intelligence’ is being provided by a research company seeking to capitalize on vast amounts of social media information available in the public domain that can be used to screen potential job applicants – think background check on steroids! On the one hand, this sort of background check can be quite helpful to potential companies who might unknowingly hire someone who is involved in criminal activities.

5 Most Common Legal Problems at Work

Corn on the Job

Discrimination or Harassment. Discrimination tops the list as the most common legal case filed by workers. The federal government has laws expressly forbidding discrimination on national or ethnic origin, sex, age, religion, disability, gender preference, and retaliation.

2020 52

Why You Should Consider Candidates with Criminal Convictions


She told me, “If I see that they checked yes to the question about convictions, I automatically reject them. Ban the Box & Criminal Background Checks. Such laws bar employers from asking about convictions on a job application and often delay the criminal background check until just before an offer is made. The guidance from the EEOC is not law, but it is used in investigating claims of discrimination that may arise relating to criminal conviction.

2016 58

Are There Really ‘No Rules for Resumes?’

Career Realism

While an organization may decide to implement a “Blind-Name CV” policy to limit illegal discrimination, a job seeker cannot make that decision. At the same time, organizations have improved hiring techniques and more thorough background checking has become standard. The easiest facts to check in a formal background check are employment dates, salary, and degrees earned. Are There Really ‘No Rules for Resumes?’ ’ Work It Daily.

2016 72

Self-Help Action Plan 1: “Totally Frazzled from Work? Here’s What You Can Do”

Sklover Working Wisdom

As explained above, as you recuperate and recover, with your health care professional you may consider (i) if you will return to your job, (ii) if you will return to your job after requesting a “disability accommodation,” (iii) if you will file a complaint of hostility, bullying or discrimination, (iv) if you will seek another job elsewhere, (v) if you will seek severance, or (vi) if you will involuntarily resign. Formal Complaint of Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying.

2015 100

Request a “Mental Health Day”? Do Not Use that Phrase

Sklover Working Wisdom

It can prevent discrimination or retaliation, as it makes a clear record of your reporting possible illness. Do not underestimate the depth of some background checks done by employers during the pre-employment screenings. “The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: It is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”. – C. Lewis.

2019 109

Holiday Weekend Job Search Do’s and Don’ts


Do enjoy the time away (I hope) from your computer screen, job boards, email, application forms, LinkedIn messages to congratulate other people on their new jobs, cover letters, work portfolios, job fairs, followups, references, background checks, networking events, interview preparations, graphology tests , recruiters, job search blogs (ahem) and everything else related to your next paycheck. How To Defeat Any Form of Job Search Discrimination.

2013 82

How to Screen Potential Candidates Online [Top 7 Tips]

The Undercover Recruiter

Don’t Wait to Check Their Profiles. However, a 2010 Technisource study showed that 50 percent of applicants would not change or delete content from their profiles, even if they knew a potential employer would be checking their page. While these public online searches may not be as regulated as a background check, employers should still be careful with what they find.

2012 85

What Past Names Do You Have Share on a Job Application

Evil HR Lady

online blog, religious name) that wouldn’t appear on any documents relevant to a background check? If there are discrimination concerns with providing a former name (e.g. Companies ask about past names because they want to verify your information and perform an adequate background check. You’ll have to check under my maiden name. online blog, religious name) that wouldn’t appear on any documents relevant to a background check?

2016 181

4 Tips on How to Use Facebook at Work and Not Get Fired


Be sure to check them out. age, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy, race/color, and nation origin), is protected by employee discrimination laws and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Keep in mind that companies are increasingly using social media as a form of an online background check. This post was first published over on SmartBrief’s Social Media blog where I am a regular contributor.

4 Video Tech Trends Beyond Video Interviewing #hrtechconf


I was perplexed and my hiring managers worried that there was some sort of discrimination risk if they viewed the video. This is the future of video technology as a form of candidate assessment similar to a background check, pre-employment assessment or psychological evaluation. Earlier this week I was invited to be part of the #RecHangout discussion panel where we tackled the topic of video in recruiting.

2016 78

Bash HR? Be Uninformed


» Should Employers Use Arrest and Conviction Records of Job Applicants for Hiring Decisions or Do Criminal Background Checks Discriminate against Ex-Offenders? Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Government agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, and how criminal background checks could be a discriminatory hiring barrier. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Be our Friend.

2011 56

7 Tips To Help Dust Off The Old Resume And Get It Ready For Your Job Search Now

Career Realism

Clearly it’s expected you’d provide references to help complete screening and background checks if the employer has an interest in you. Lastly, it’s unnecessary to state the year you graduated from college because it can give away your age, which can be a factor for discrimination. Check out his Resume Writing Service. 7 Tips To Help Dust Off The Old Resume And Get It Ready For Your Job Search Now. CAREEREALISM.

2016 63

Psychometric and Profile Tests ? Are they worth it?


» Law Firms See Increase in Employment Discrimination Suits Against Them Multiple large law firms in the United States are facing discrimination lawsuits brought on by former employees. These same firms are defending corporations across the country against discrimination lawsuits at the same time. According to the EEOC, hiring discrimination continues to run rampant. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Be our Friend.

2011 43

Resume Angst: Should I Include Short-Term, Unrelated Positions?

Evil HR Lady

Will any be found on a background check if they were less then a few months? Evil HR Lady Why am I evil? Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. Need to fire someone? Come to HR. Need to explain to someone why, even after working their rear end off all year, that their annual increase is 2.7%? Come to HR. Need to come up with new mountains of paperwork? Come to HR. So, come join me on the Evil Side. Oh, and send me your HR questions.

2010 106

my remote team isn’t responsive, my managers joke about not hiring women who might get pregnant, and more

Ask A Manager

Pregnancy discrimination is a real thing that women have to contend with (whether they’re pregnant or whether they’re just of typical child-bearing age), and no good comes of having comments like that floating around, no matter how non-discriminatory the company’s actual practices might be. It’s bad for the women who work there, and it’s bad for the company itself if they ever happen to be faced with discrimination allegations.

2014 63

EEOC is reconsidering their policy regarding Criminal Background.


EEOC is reconsidering their policy regarding Criminal Background Checks. Noting the unreliability of criminal record databases, Adam Klein, a partner in the law firm Outten & Golden LLP, warned the Commission of the proliferation of online companies offering “instant” background checks that generate reports that often contain inaccurate or incomplete information and that rarely, if ever, provide explanatory details about any criminal record information.

2011 43

I sacrificed for my boyfriend’s business and might get nothing, renting a house from my boss, and more

Ask a Manager

They figure that they’re competent and so of course they’ve already muted themselves, and thus don’t bother to check. Is it age discrimination to keep an older team member from traveling to client sites this summer? Are we in any sort of age discrimination territory with this decision?

2020 43

4 Horrible Resume Writing Tips To Avoid

Career Realism

Why would you limit the amount of information the reader can grasp about your background just because you are worried about them thinking you are “too old” or “overqualified” by having a resume that is longer than one page? Proper formatting and unique organization are very important factors that will help the reader to better understand your background. They will always find out where you worked when they run a background check using your Social Security Number.

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

And when they call to check references, it’s very likely to come out, and could potentially be a deal-breaker, since a lot of hiring managers will see it as integrity issue: If she’s lying about this aspect of her candidacy, what else might she be misrepresenting, and what might she bend the truth on in the future? and at the end they asked for my references and had me fill out a background check form.

2013 56

I reported my awful manager to HR and it’s not going well, refusing to give out employee salary info, and more

Ask A Manager

It’s different in cases with allegations of harassment or discrimination, where the law requires the company to truly investigate and take action.). The new employer has hired a background check company and they have asked me to send them the prior employee’s salary information. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. HR claimed they were investigating my horrible manager, but now they won’t talk to me. I have a bad manager.

2014 73

I’m cranky about having to volunteer in my field, my former employer’s website still lists me as an active employee, and more

Ask A Manager

” If it’s not done a week later, send a polite follow-up email: “Hey Jane, just wanted to check back on this since it’s still up.” I am curious to know the real truth about age discrimination. Do recruiters or HR departments use this to prescreen before doing a phone interview or paid background check? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Should I do volunteer work in my field even if I’m cranky about it?

2014 82

wee answer Wednesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

My communication MA and teaching background are gathering dust on the resume. I was told a background check was needed. Some background checks take a looonnnggg time. Wouldn’t this open them up to all sorts of discrimination claims? I’m pretty sure they’re not doing a background check since they aren’t asking for my social security number.

2012 54

What if an Employer Requests My Facebook Password?

The Undercover Recruiter

Employers are at risk for discrimination claims if: - the employer asks some, but not all, individuals for certain information (ie, Facebook passwords), - the employer discovers bits of personal information (e.g. Basic background checks are a standard practice in recruitment, and every company should have a formal social media policy that includes guidelines for conducting social networking screening.

it’s taking me too long to write a resume, boss is enforcing his own sexist dress code, and more

Ask a Manager

Tell her that what your manager is doing is sex discrimination and that your company would almost definitely put a stop to it if they knew about it. As background, I was hired into the role two years ago with only three years of experience in the industry, but in my time at the company I’ve grown the team from just me in a standalone role to a team of 10, and implemented everything from scratch — policies, processes, you name it — with very little support.

2017 31

did this recruiter lie to me? and why can’t I get hired by this company?

Ask a Manager

Old Supervisor was glad to hear I’m in better health and said to check their website for openings. I have been offered another position subcontracting at a government agency — but it’s temporary, very low-paying, and the necessary background check is taking weeks and weeks to complete. Could part of this be age discrimination? Could it be age discrimination?

2018 33

7 short questions, 7 short answers

Ask A Manager

It’s good advice if you’re worried about being discriminated against for being too old, and in fact, it’s more common than not for older candidates to leave those dates off. (It ” Now, I have this job offer and I am worried about the background check regarding this little job. It’s thrifty answer Thursday — seven short questions and seven short answers. We’ve got using a P.O.

2012 59

boss wants me to give him dirt on my coworker, manager thinks I accepted a job but I didn’t, and more

Ask a Manager

I lied about my degree and now there’s a background check. Yesterday they called with an offer letter contingent on a favorable background check that includes education. I don’t want my lie to be discovered in the background check. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My manager thinks I accepted a job — but I didn’t and I don’t want it. I’ve been contracted with a company for about five months now.

2016 23

my coworker flipped out, did my smile hurt my interview chances, and more

Ask A Manager

Such an action seems to be a form of discrimination and a risk not worth taking. Employer asked me to bring a copy of my background check to a first interview. a copy of my background certification. In fact, there’s no such thing as a standard “background certification” that you bring in, as far as I know, so this is very sketchy. It’s seven short answers to seven short questions. Here we go… 1.

2013 61