Hiring Controversies & Screening Trends

Since 2007, EmployeeScreenIQ has developed an annual list for HR professionals and executives.  Discrimination issues, global screening, contractors, credit checks, social networking and a tsunami of legislation headline the 2011 list of top background screening trends.

The top trends for 2011 include:

  1. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increased their scrutiny of hiring practices, exposing employers to a greater risk of discrimination lawsuits. The EEOC is especially targeting “bright line” hiring decisions that automatically exclude candidates with criminal records, arrest records that don’t result in a conviction, and/or poor credit.
  2. Legislation and litigation deterring the practice of checking credit. Several US states have already passed and nearly 20 other states proposing legislation aimed at curbing the use of employment credit reports.  Credit checks are becoming a hot button issue and the controversy only looks to intensify.
  3. Massachusetts, New Mexico, Connecticut and other states have passed “ban the box” laws that prohibit employers from asking for an applicant’s criminal background on the initial job application.
  4. Reigning in global screening.  It’s a pervasive trend: companies establish offshore operations and also transport workers to North America from other countries.  Employers must take a strict approach to developing best practices, understanding the individual laws and guidelines of each country and securing universal compliance.
  5. Emerging popularity of self-screening candidate tools.  Up to 85% of job candidates are subjected to employer background checks, with no idea what might turn up.  That’s changing with the widespread use of self-screening tools.
  6. Hiring controversies due to social networking.  Social networking has exploded in popularity and employers now use them to influence hiring decisions.  Many sites have no verification process and several can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet, putting companies as risk for violating FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) regulations and EEOC guidelines.

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