I'm a husband, dad, entrepreneur, boss, HR guy, background screening gadfly, SPHR, HR group speaker, and hopeful cynic. Nothing posted here is intended to offend, only to stimulate thought, discussion, and the occassional giggle.
When the headquarters of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity (Tri Delta), the nonprofit sorority with chapters on 138 college campuses, found almost $400,000 in bejeweled gold membership pins missing and a sorority employee was arrested for the theft, weaknesses in the sorority’s hiring process and internal controls became apparent. According to court documents, T […]
When 88-year-old Sammie Berry’s family moved the wheelchair-bound Alzheimer’s patient to the Kaufman Healthcare Center in Kaufman, Texas, they expected that she would be in a safe environment, attended by a caring staff. What she received, according to news reports, was physical abuse at the hands of a certified nurse aid, James Seaton. Mr. Seaton told a […]
Two different hotels in Mesa, Arizona are being sued by guests who say they were raped by Jason Brown, who worked at each of the hotels as an overnight clerk. As it turns out, Jason Brown is registered as a level-3 sex offender (those most likely to reoffend) whose criminal history includes felony convictions for: He also […]
Antoine Flowers was hired by the City of Dallas as an IT manager. His resume was certainly impressive for any IT professional, much less a 26 year old. According to the Dallas Morning News, Flowers’ resume included claims that he had:Promising candidate… if any of it were true. Apparently, the City of Dallas is very […]
Jason Meinke was employed by a Sears contractor and sent into homes to clean ducts despite his criminal history that included misdemeanor and felony convictions, including a felony aggravated stalking conviction. When he was sent to clean Carrie Smith’s air ducts, she says her nightmare started, as reported by Scott Lewis of Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ […]
Not all bad hire days start with previously-convicted dishonest job seekers. Morgan County, Utah apparently thought they were hiring a qualified public administration expert when they hired Garth Day as their council administrator. According to the Standard-Examiner, Day’s 2008 resume reflected that he had a Bachelor of Science degree in political science/pu […]
In my presentations to SHRM chapters, churches and non-profits, and basically anyone who needs a good nap after lunch, I regularly warn that even great background checks typically only catch the low-hanging fruit (those whose past offenses have been discovered by employers or law enforcement) and it is important to to have all of your […]
Stephen Robertson, a self-described computer “guru”, could be the poster boy for Bad Hire Days. Robertson worked for Corgan Associates, a Dallas architecture and interior design firm, and was terminated on December 18, 1998 for “theft, dishonesty, and misuse of the company’s computer system to hack into other companies’ computers,” according to documents fil […]
When his 92-year-old mother needed an in-home caregiver, Richard Laughlin relied on a recommendation from a trusted friend and hired Teresita Lee. What he did not know was that Lee had a long criminal history including multiple thefts and a recent conviction for mistreating another elderly person to whom she was supposed to be providing […]
QC Characters is (was) a new business startup in Iowa that hoped to provide actors dressed as popular children’s characters for parties and special events. Unfortunately, one of QC Character’s first hires was James Lester Rogers. The company sent Rogers dressed as the Sesame Street character called Cookie Monster to the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds to […]
Municipalities, states, and federal regulators have created an inconsistent and confusing patchwork of regulations limiting employers’ inquiry into job applicants’ criminal histories. Mike Coffey, SPHR, President of Imperative Information Group, will discuss these limitations and possible employer responses in a free HRCI-credit approved webinar, Outside the […]
Human resources consultant and background screening expert Mike Coffey, SPHR, president of Imperative Information Group, will address the Panhandle Human Resource Management Association's monthly luncheon in Amarillo, Texas on June 3, 2014.
The Associated Press interviewed me for a short piece on why small employers are hesitant to hire. THE BURNOUT FACTOR Mike Coffey isn’t planning to hire now, but he will start recruiting if his staff of 16 shows signs of overload. Coffey’s company, Imperative Information Group, does […]
I’m privileged to work with a lot of amazing community leaders here in Fort Worth. I received this email from my dear friend Carol Klocek, the Executive Director at the YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County. It speaks for itself. –COFFEY Dear friends, None of us actually […]
In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a new policy guidance on the use of criminal records by employers. The purported intent of the document was to lay out the EEOC’s policy for identifying when an employer’s process and criteria for reviewing applicants’ or employees’ […]
On February 17th, San Francisco became the latest municipality to place limitations on employers' inquiries into job applicants' criminal histories. However, The City by the Bay wasn't satisfied with this encroachment into employer's decision-making process and took it much farther.
As a follow up to my blog post earlier this week about how car-sharing service Uber’s flawed background screening process exposed customers to drivers with recent felony backgrounds, CBS 11 interviewed me about the issue. The full text of the story is available on the CBS11 website.
Uber, which operates UberX, the ride-share service that allows regular people to sell car rides to the public, has revised its background screening policy in response to a Chicago Tribune article indicating that one of its non-professional drivers had a 2010 felony conviction for residential burglary. This revelation […]