HireRight’s 2017 Benchmark Report – A Trip Around the World

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Our recent benchmark survey formed the foundation for HireRight’s Annual Employment Screening Benchmark Reports, representing responses from thousands of human resources professionals in the United States (U.S.), Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC, including Australia and New Zealand).

The results show strong similarities but also numerous unique perspectives that may be helpful in assessing your individual human capital management programs.

Here are a number of questions we asked with responses from different regions.

Keeping Our Children Safe: The Vital Need to Conduct and Enforce Background Checks for School Bus Drivers

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Commercial truck drivers who deliver vital commodities across the United States must pass thorough background checks and meet stringent safety regulations.

Yet a recent CBS News investigation revealed that many school bus drivers – the people charged with protecting the safety of children on the road to and from schools and summer camps – are not held to the same exacting standards. And the results of such leniency have occasionally proven catastrophic.

According to the article, there are approximately 22,000 bus crashes a year, leaving thousands of students injured. And on average, at least once a week a school bus driver is arrested for driving under the influence, child pornography, or even sexual assault.

Improving the Hiring Process: FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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On December 5, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a rule to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial driver license holders (CDL).

The clearinghouse will act as a central repository for drivers’ positive test results, refusals to test and other such federal violations of the drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Once fully operational the clearinghouse will significantly improve safety and help expedite the hiring process for commercial drivers.

A Brief Course in Education Verifications

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It’s best to verify all elements of a resume and job application – including those of newly-hired C-level executives.

Since many candidates have assumed that a prospective employer may not bother verifying his or her educational background, he or she may exaggerate or provide fabrications in this area.

Demonstrating due diligence by directing a background check company to thoroughly validate job candidates’ education references will keep an employer at the head of the class.