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May 1, 2013

A majority of HR professionals who responded to a recently released survey are screening candidates in a conscientious manner, auditing providers and educating themselves on legal-compliance issues.

The survey report, Employment Screening Practices and Trends: The Era of Heightened Care and Diligence, was conducted by EmployeeScreenIQ, a provider of background-screening services that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.
The report tracks employers’ attitudes and actions regarding the impact of criminal records on hiring, the use of social networking in the screening process, the implications of new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance and the practice of asking candidates to disclose criminal records.
“The overarching takeaway from this survey is that employers seem to be screening and hiring candidates in a responsible, acceptable and legally compliant fashion,” said Nick Fishman, chief marketing officer at EmployeeScreenIQ, in a press release. “While this heightened level of care and diligence is partially due to the amplified risk of lawsuits, there are other factors at work, including the negative impact on morale and performance, the loss of reputation and the damage done to the employment brand when ineffective screening practices let poor candidates through the door.”

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