Background Screening and Investigations

Managing Hiring Risk from the HR and Security Perspectives


  • W. Barry Nixon, SPHR, Executive Director, National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence
  • Kim Kerr, CPP, Principal of K.C. Kerr and Associates. Former Vice President & General Manager, LexisNexis Risk & Information Analytics Group, Screening Solutions; Security Planner for 3 Olympic Games, Area Security Manager for AT&T Corporate Securitys

Hiring highly qualified people is crucial to every company, and Background Screening and Investigations is an essential guide to succeeding in a turbulent business environment. A crucial part of any hiring process should be employment background screening, pre- and post-hire, which gives hiring personnel a glimpse into a person's past behavior patterns, propensities, and likely future behavior. Background Screening and Investigations describes all aspects of the employment background screening processes - its history and evolution, the imperative for implementing a screening process, and the creation of a comprehensive policy. Nixon and Kerr show how security and human resources professionals can work together to negotiate legal hurdles and make their background screening process successful.
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Security managers, security consultants, Human Resource professionals, threat management teams, legal professionals, and risk assessment professionals.


Book information

  • Published: March 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8256-5

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Managing Risk in the Hiring Process Chapter 2: Legal Issues in Background Screening Chapter 3: The Role of Security in the Hiring Process Chapter 4: Insights from Background Screening Surveys Chapter 5: Background Checking Policy Chapter 6: Make or Buy Chapter 7: The New Focus on Protecting Personal Identifiable Information Chapter 8: Infinity Screening: Neverending Background Screening Chapter 9 – Screening Strategies for Temporaries: Casual Labor; Consultants; Contractors and Vendors Chapter 10 - Background Screening of Vendors, Companies, Consultants, Contractors, and Temporary Agencies Chapter 11 - The Special Case of Sexual Offenders Chapter 12 – International Background Checks: The New Frontier in Employment Screening Chapter 13 - Future Trends in Background Screening