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, Tri Delta employee Carla Rae Seals […]
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/public administration from Weber […]
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 filed by […]
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 […]
Under one proposal, businesses desiring to prohibit open carrying of a handgun would be required to orally tell individuals of their policy. Under current law, businesses can post a sign to notify the public that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited.
A rule recently approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission will require much more involved background checks on FINRA-registered representatives (investment broker-dealers). In addition to criminal background checks and verification of previous employment and licensure, the new rule requires searches for civil litigation, bankruptcies, liens and judgments, corporations […]
Many class action lawsuits were filed against employers last year claiming violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) related to their use of employment background checks. This continues a several-year trend of class action lawsuits that have resulted in payouts to applicants and employees, including those […]
On a daily basis, former criminal offenders are given bad advice that is costing them job opportunities. That advice goes something like this: When you get to the criminal history question on the employment application, answer it with “will discuss.” Or, just skip it – many employers […]
When given the opportunity, Mike Coffey, SPHR, will seize the opportunity to educate employers about the need for pre-employment background checks. Coffey, owner of Imperative Information Group – a background investigations firm in Fort Worth, Texas serving small and medium-sized employers, is an engaging speaker. He has […]
Wow, what a response I received to last week’s post, Top 5 Ban the Box Myths! There are strong emotions on both sides of the ban-the-box debate. At the same time, everyone I heard from recognized the need to help former offenders successfully reintegrate into society. We simply disagree […]
On January 1, 2015, Illinois will become the sixth state to require private employers to remove the criminal history inquiry from employment applications. Some municipal governments have similarly “banned the box.” Often called “Fair Chance” laws, these regulations require employers to delay asking about applicants’ criminal histories until after […]
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 Box: […]
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.