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Making a hiring decision is really hard. I don’t care if it’s your first time or your 1,000th time - evaluating a person for a job isn’t easy. 

August 1, 2019

This is a 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM19) Interview is with InfoMart, a global identity and background screening provider. Below is a quick Q&A with Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Tammy Cohen.

June 15, 2019

This is a 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM19) interview is with Info Cubic, a background check provider. Below is a quick Q&A with the Executive Vice President Dan Mayer.

June 14, 2019




Yep, you read that right.  In fact, 1 of 3 adults (of 75 million Americans) have a criminal record.  Before you Google me and try to figure out the story, and in the spirit of keeping it “real” let me share.

May 6, 2019
March 26, 2019



In order to conduct a compliant criminal background check, employers ordinarily must comply not only with the federal Fair Credit Reporting (FCRA) Act, but also state and local laws.  This includes not only ban the box laws, but also laws that impose additional restrictions and requirements beyond when a criminal background check can occur.

October 2, 2018

On January 23, @shrmnextchat held a special Tuesday edition of #Nextchat: SHRM Live 2018 -- Leveraging Untapped Talent Pools to Help Your Business Thrive, where we carried the SHRM LIVE 18 virtual event conversation to Twitter to hear from HR and recruiting professionals from around the world about how they’re leveraging untapped talent pools in their talent acquisition strategies.  

January 23, 2018
Everyone matters.  Good communication from employers throughout the job application process can help mitigate job applicant concerns.  Job candidates are noisy.  These undeniable truths are covered in an article I wrote for SHRM before the SHRM 2016 annual conference.  
October 4, 2016

N.J.: 'Ban the Box' Law Takes Effect

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May 18, 2015

Is a Federal 'Ban-the-Box' Order on the Way?

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April 21, 2015

A number of bills enacted in 2013 took effect on July 1, 2014. These include bills that:

  • Increased California’s minimum wage to $9.
  • Expanded California’s paid family leave benefit program.
  • Enacted new limits on public employers concerning criminal background checks.
  • Amended the procedures for work-sharing plans used to avoid lay-offs.

First Part of Two-Step Minimum Wage Increase (AB 10)

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July 18, 2014

Nine out of 10 employers run criminal background screens on applicants as part of the hiring process, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management. And the number of Americans who have a criminal history on file—about 30 percent, or 92 million people, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics—has increased exponentially in recent years.

So what happens when a job candidate’s background check reveals a criminal record?    

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May 15, 2014
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently co-published two guidance documents reiterating how the agencies’ respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes. The documents do not introduce any new agency guidance but provide “best-practices” guidelines and additional resources.
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April 28, 2014

By Philip L. Gordon, Zoe M. Argento ©Littler Mendelson


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February 14, 2014

Globalization and outsourcing have led many U.S.-based organizations to expand their business operations internationally and increase their hiring of foreigners. Hiring foreign nationals brings an additional challenge: conducting an international background check.

The need for international screening occurs when:

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October 31, 2013

The background-screening industry is facing greater scrutiny over the accuracy of its reports, according to industry experts. In 2012 some job seekers claimed that inaccurate criminal background checks prevented them from finding employment.

Accuracy of background-check-report information and greater scrutiny of the screening industry are the No. 1 trend for 2013, said attorney and background-check expert Lester Rosen.

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February 5, 2013