Background Screening and Investigations

1st Edition

Managing Hiring Risk from the HR and Security Perspectives


  • W. Barry Nixon
  • Kim Kerr
  • Background Screening and Investigations

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    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.

    Key Features

    * Where do HR and security perspectives differ on hot topics like hiring convicted felons, data protection, and sexual predators? * What does state law allow when screening job candidates? * How should companies deal with emerging issues like international background investigations and continuous (Infinity) screening of current employees?


    Security managers, security consultants, Human Resource professionals, threat management teams, legal professionals, and risk assessment professionals.

    Table of Contents


    About the Authors

    About the Contributors




    Chapter 1: Managing Risk in the Hiring Process

    Chapter 2: Legal Issues in Background Checks

    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: Never-Ending Background Screening

    Chapter 9: Screening Strategies for Temporaries, Casual Labor, Consultants, Contractors, and Vendors

    Chapter 10: The Special Case of Sexual Offenders

    Chapter 11: The Other Side of Background Screening

    Chapter 12: International Background Checks: The New Frontier in Employment Screening

    Chapter 13: Future Trends in Background Screening

    Sample Forms

    Survey Results 2005 Background Checking Survey Report Results

    Background Screening Certification Program

    Sensitive Jobs Identification Worksheet

    Terrorist Search

    GE Candidate Data Protection Standards


    Continuous Screening Get Support in Implementing a Continuous Post Hire Screening Program

    How to Create a Culture of Security Consciousness



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    About the authors

    W. Barry Nixon

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Executive Director, National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence

    Kim Kerr

    Affiliations and Expertise

    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