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Illinois Tightens Restrictions on Use of Criminal Checks in Hiring

Posted by National Law Review

Apr 8, 2021 1:30:00 PM

This article was originally published by The National Law Review and can be accessed here.

Illinois employers have been prohibited from using arrest records as the basis for employment decisions under Section 103 of the Illinois Human Rights Actfor a long time. On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill (SB) 1480 into law, which added a new Section 103.1 to the IHRA that severely restricts the ability of employers to rely on conviction records in making employment decisions.  

Section 103.1 is effective immediately, and prohibits use of a conviction record as the basis for an employment decision unless:

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Topics: criminal records search, Employer use of criminal records, employment laws, illinois

Why the Easter Bunny Would Never Pass A Background Check

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 31, 2021 11:49:53 AM

As children, thoughts of the Easter Bunny made us clap with glee. And why wouldn't we? He visits our homes with gifts of yummy candy and gifts. He’s also cute and fluffy, with his big ears and cotton tail.

No one would guess he's hiding an unsavory past.

He may look adorable and harmless, but the Easter Bunny holds secrets he doesn’t want getting out to his devoted fans. If you’re an employer, you'd be surprised if you did a background check on the Easter Bunny. He would never pass!

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Topics: social media screening, Hiring, criminal records search, Drug Screening, education verification, employment history

Background Screening Trends that Are Either IN or OUT for 2021

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 29, 2020 10:15:27 AM

Just like fashion, background screening changes every year. Some things that were in one year are out the other. While certain staples make up a background check, the way we use the information evolves.

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Topics: background screening company, criminal records search, background checks, background screening practices, employer compliance, salary history ban

Athens to Zanzibar: How Are You Screening International Candidates?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 3, 2020 1:23:19 PM

There was a time when most people lived their entire lives in one or two area codes. That has changed dramatically. With the internet and easy travel, people are moving further away and more often. When you’re trying to hire the best job candidates, you may find they’ve spent significant time living, studying, or working in another country. Just ordering a background check on the current county or state they reside in now may miss something. How can you make sure their background check returns all the information you need to see?

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Topics: criminal records search, background checks, international background screening, hiring process

Bob and Weave: Changes to Keep HR Effective During COVID-19

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 7, 2020 10:30:00 AM

To say 2020 came in like a fire breathing dragon on a drunken bender is putting it mildly. But don’t let business complications stemming from COVID-19 knock you off your game. HR must move forward in their efforts to serve their company’s job applicants and employees well.

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Topics: background check, criminal records search, background checks, hiring process, candidate experience, Coronavirus, COVID-19, QuickApp

Hiring Criminals: Crafting A Screening Process to Address Low Unemployment

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 30, 2020 2:30:00 PM

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for December 2019 was 3.5%. This is an historically low percentage of Americans without jobs. The good news is the economy is booming, people are working, and there’s money being spent to stimulate large industries like retail, auto, and real estate.

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Topics: criminal records search, background screening practices, hiring process, company culture, applicants with criminal records

Top Mistakes HR Makes In Screening Their Talent

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 10, 2016 10:48:07 AM

Background screening practices are an integral part of savvy talent management. Companies with comprehensive, consistent background check plans are more likely to eliminate potential employees who would pose risk to the workplace. Background screening helps bring to light false qualification claims and unsavory activities that would be detrimental to a business.

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Topics: background screening company, criminal records search, EEOC, background checks, background screening practices

Increase Your Hiring Mojo with these Background Check Pointers

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 24, 2016 11:45:32 AM

The EEOC guidance has created concern for employers who utilize criminal records searches as part of their hiring process.

What can you use, when can you use it, and how are you able to use it?

These questions can overwhelm even seasoned HR professionals, and it's important to address the concerns of utilizing criminal records checks in a background check.

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Topics: Background screening, background check, criminal records search, EEOC, hiring process

The 411 on AKA's and Other Background Screening Best Practices

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 11, 2015 9:50:36 AM

Perhaps you are an HR Professional looking to streamline your background screening best practices and increase your successful hiring rate. Or, you have noticed that your background check process still allows unsavory applicants through to your new employee pool.

No matter the reason, it's a good idea to realize hiring is a slippery slope. Prepare for a successful new year by reviewing and revising your company's hiring practices. 

And this means understanding the criminal records search and how it helps get the most out of the background screening process. 

Here are four big DO's to employ in your criminal records search process for 2016. 

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Topics: Background screening, Criminal records, criminal records search, adverse action procedures

Run Employers RUN! 3 Questions Background Screeners Must Answer RIGHT

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 20, 2015 9:41:10 AM

A background check is not automatically thorough and accurate, and the third party screening company you choose plays an integral role. Choosing a professional vendor for your background check reports is a key aspect of executing a safe hiring process that brings you the most qualified new employees.

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Topics: background screening company, Hiring, background check, criminal records search

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.