October 17, 2017

Understanding What Former Employers Can Say During Background Checks

Your applicants’ former employers may be constrained in what they can and can’t say to hiring managers about the applicant in question. Let’s talk about these constraints so that you’re are asking targeted questions that will produce the most valuable answers to you, all without treading into sticky legal territory. What’s At Stake? The rule of thumb during any hiring process and background check is to tread carefully around the topics of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, etc. These are protected classes and […]
September 25, 2017

How Does Open Hiring Work?

The concept of open hiring is essentially the ideology of Ban-the-box legislation taken to the next level: individuals who might have otherwise been rejected solely because of criminal histories should have the opportunity to find employment and improve their situations. The alternative, as the thinking goes, is the presence of a faction of the population confined to certain standards of living and driven to desperation. Developed by a Zen master, Roshi Bernie Glassman, who opened a bakery in New York that practices the policy, open hiring has produced compelling results […]
September 19, 2017

The Case for Open Hiring: New York Bakery Nixes Background Checks, Skills Tests

Employers, landlords, and hiring managers all know that the surest way to build the best team or find the ideal tenants is to find out all you can about your applicants before making leasing or hiring decisions. The goal? To weed out the bad apples, minimize the risk to your bottom line, and be profitable. Greyston Bakery’s open-hiring policy might seem like a huge risk—one no conscientious executive would make, but the results have been eyebrow-raising at least, inspiring at best. Read the full article, published on, here. What […]
September 11, 2017

Backgrounds Checks and Private and Public School Systems

An elite boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut is facing severe scrutiny after it was revealed that at least twelve faculty members had been accused sexual abuse of children between the years of 1963 and 2010—accusations that had gone unreported—including one teacher who left the private school and went on to become a principal of public high school. How could this happen? Where did their background checks go wrong? Recent legislation for public schools in that locality required that applicants allow prospective employers to conduct thorough and specific checks with previous […]
August 30, 2017

Changes to MVR Audit Instructions in the State of Washington