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Chris Bilko

Director of Client Services at VeriFirst Background Screening, LLC
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"Giving Thanks" on Thanksgiving

Posted by Chris Bilko on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Here at VeriFirst, we have so much appreciation for our Customers, Business Partners, and Subscribers. Thank you!

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E-Verify Today! How do you comply after the Government Shutdown?

Posted by Chris Bilko on Fri, Oct 18, 2013

Do you have questions on what to do now that the federal government shutdown is over? You are not alone! The government shut down started merely as a debate that quickly grew into a ransom demand by the republicans. It is important to recgonize that the republican agenda was to defund obama care by means of a government shutdown. A government shut down that felt like congress taking a vacation for two weeks, and americans looking for answers to problems that are far from Obama Care. VeriFirst's agenda is not to go political, but to help human resource professionals to seek answers for questions regarding the Form I-9, and E-Verify responsibilities. VeriFirst Background Screening (a designated agent for E-Verify) is here to help.

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Topics: compliance, E-verify, Form I-9, Employment Background Screening

EEOC's Enforcement Guideline for Employment Decisions Under Title VII

Posted by Chris Bilko on Thu, May 10, 2012

Has your company taken action to insure you are in compliance with the new EEOC Guidelines? 

The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) issued it's Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on April 25, 2012. The new guidance consolidates and supersedes the policy statements issued by the commission in 1987 and 1990. The Guidance focuses on employment discrimination based on race and national origin. The most important parts to note is that the guidance discusses the two following topics: Arrest vs. Conviction Records, and Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact Analysis under Title VII.

Arrest and Conviction Records

As stated by the guidance, "The fact of an arrest does not establish that criminal conduct has occured, and an exclusion based on an arrest, in itself, is not job related and consistent with business necessity. However, an employer may make an employment decision based on the conduct underlying an arrest if the conduct makes the individual unfit for the position in question. In contrast, a conviction record will usually serve as sufficient evidence that a person engaged in particular conduct. In certian circumstances, however, there may be reasons for an employer not to rely on the conviction record alone when making an employment decision."

Disparate Treatmeant and Disparate Impact Analysis Under Title VII

As stated by the guidance, "A violation may occur when an employer treats criminal history information differently for different applicants or employees, based on their race or national origin. An employer's neutral policy (e.g., excluding applicants from employment based on certain criminal conduct) may disproportionately impact some individuals protected under Title VII, and may violate the law if not job related and consistent with business necessity.

What does this mean for you the employer?

This means that your company should develop a matrix that weighs the crime against the job that the applicant is applying for. For example, company policy should differ for applicants applying for managerial positions vs. clerical positions vs. maintenance positions. After the matrix has been created for each job type. The company needs to stay consistant for each position to insure that they do not discriminate from one applicant to another. It is important to note that your company should NOT have a deny all policy. Meaning that if any conviction record is found during the investigation that you deny the applicant no matter the level or type of the offense. Their is alot to consider during the employment background screening process. VeriFirst is here to help.

All of VeriFirst's clients receive a VeriFirst Compliance Double Check on each applicant free of charge. VeriFirst takes pride in knowing that all of our clients will have the tools necessary in staying compliant with the FCRA and the EEOC. Please contact us for more information to see how VeriFirst can help your company stay compliant.  

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, EEOC Compliance

American Idol Jermaine Jones disqualified for criminal background

Posted by Chris Bilko on Fri, Mar 30, 2012

Can hiring professionals learn from American Idol?

The day of giving an applicant the eye test is over. American Idol star Jermaine Jones proves to the world why professional background checks are necessary. The gentle giant was disqualified on Tuesday, March 14th, 2012 for his past criminal record found in the state of New Jersey. The so called "Gentle Giant" claims that he "didn't want to get penalized for anything that happened in his past." Unfortunately, for the contestant that was saved by the judges earlier in the season. Jermaine Jones past caught up with him after American Idol was notified by the police of his outstanding arrest warrants. Two of which involved Jermaine Jones giving false identification to a police officer. What kind of implications can something like this have on an employer?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening