Verifying Employment, Education, and Credentials
With hiring decisions becoming more critical in challenging economic times, verifying past employment, education, and credentials as well as obtaining references have become critical. Unfortunately, falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers. It is easy to obtain a phony degree from a real school, or worthless diplomas from degree mills.
There are even web sites that will assist in creating a fake job history that appears very authentic. Legal limitations also create barriers for human resources professionals when obtaining and giving past employment information. Many employers will limit their response to dates of employment and job title only.
This workshop reviews legal and effective technique for the reference checking processes including how to verify education, spot worthless degrees and phony employment credentials. It will also cover the legal landscape concerning past employment references, including an employer’s potential liability when providing information and when it is not provided.
Other topics include best practices when asking for past employment information and helpful insights for obtaining past employment information. Other areas will include special issues such as handling verification of current employment, what to do if the past employer no longer exists, military employment, and dealing with employment databases. New technologies and approaches will also be reviewed, as well as special issues involving international credentials and the role of social media sites and Web 2.0 in the process.
Areas Covered in the Session:
• Learn effective and legal strategies to verify an applicant's past employment and education accomplishments.
• Explore why employment references create legal issues for employers and strategies for obtaining information and dealing with requests from other employers.
• Learn why phony education credentials are problematic and how to spot degree mills.
• Review new technologies and approaches to credentials verifications.
• Understand special issues when it comes to social media sites and employment and education verification.
The non-required text for the curriculum is “The Safe Hiring Manual” (3rd Edition / January 2017 / 826 pages) by presenter Lester Rosen and is available from Amazon.
Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (www.ESRcheck.com ), a national background screening company located in California. ESR is an accredited background firm under the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) accreditation program. He is the author of, “The Safe Hiring Manualu2013 The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers (728 pages-Facts on Demand Press/2d Edition Sep... View Full Profile