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SHRM16 Overview [Video]

SHRM, Videos


The annual SRHM conference is nothing short of legendary in the HR world. EBI sends a huge team every year, and we are always taken by the size and scope and the excitement surrounding the event. Check out our video to see an overview of the conference, and stay tuned for interviews with many of the newsmakers who took the stage. Maybe we’ll see you there next year!

The Latest Workplace Violence Resources for Employers

Background Checks, Employment Background Investigations, SHRM, Workplace Violence

The October publication of the Workplace Violence Prevention eReport was just released from the National Institution for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc.  The publication includes several reports of workplace violence incidents and includes education resources to better prepare employers and the public in case of an unthinkable act of violence in the workplace. 

EBI to Present at NHRMA 2012 Conference and Tradeshow in Anchorage Alaska

Background Checks, Employment Background Investigations, SHRM, Global Background Checks

Employment Background Investigations, Inc (EBI) Chief Knowledge Officer, Robert Capwell, will present an education session at the 2012 Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA) Conference in Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, October 2nd titled - Overcoming the Challenges of International Background Screening.

SHRM Study Reveals Key Findings On The Use Of Credit Reports For Background Checks

Background Checks, SHRM, EEOC & FCRA

According to a recent survey released by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), employers are still focused on three key factors when making a hiring decision: 1) previous work experience, 2) a good fit for the job and organization, and 3) specific skills or expertise needed for the job.  But the question remains-what about the use of credit history information?

Release of Workplace Violence Prevention Standard Is Timely for Penn State Tragedy

Employment Background Investigations, SHRM, Workplace Violence

The recent events of the horrific Penn State child sex abuse allegations remind us all that workplace violence can strike at any time and place, and can involve individuals that you would never suspect.  Although none of us can ultimately eliminate all tragedies such as this, organizations can take a pro-active stance through education and awareness, along with incorporating a solid Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Program to minimize such risk.  Depending on the severity and nature of the incident, acts of workplace violence can scar individuals both mentally and physically; create negative publicity and brand defamation; increase lawsuits and settlement costs; add to the loss of production and sales; increase absenteeism; increase workers compensation and medical claims.  There is no positive outcome of such an event, except to embrace the opportunity for greater awareness and prevention.

Recent Poll Reveals Overwhelming ROI From Employment Drug Testing

Background Checks, Drug Testing, SHRM

According to a survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) in September of 2011, over 57% of employers polled conduct pre-employment drug testing on all job candidates.  Almost 70% of the employers surveyed revealed the use of drug testing for pre-employment had testing programs in place for seven years or longer.  The study was composed of 1,058 randomly selected HR professionals, and the results continue to show that employers realize a significant return on investment (ROI) by incorporating a drug testing program with their organization.  The following information is summary of a few key points revealed by the survey.

Here are some of the employer benefits of drug testing as revealed by the study:

  • Organizations with high absenteeism rates (more than 15%) experienced a decrease in absenteeism of approximately 50% after implementing a drug testing program
  • Organizations with high workers’ compensation incidence rates experienced a decrease of approximately 50% after implementing a drug testing program
  • Approximately 19% of the survey respondents revealed an increase in employee productivity after implementing a drug testing program
  • Approximately 16% of survey respondents revealed a decrease in employee turn-over after implementing a drug testing program
  • Approximately 72% of employers with multinational operations indicated that they use the same protocols and policies used in the United States when conducting drug testing outside of the U.S.

The study also compared the use of pre-employment drug testing by employer size and revealed that larger organizations utilized drug testing significantly more than smaller organizations.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing Utilization By Employer Size

1-99 employees


100-499 employees


500-2,499 employees


2,500-24,999 employees


25,000 plus employees



The use of random drug testing continues to trend upward over the past few years as revealed by recent studies.

Type Drug Testing Used




Post-Accident Testing





The survey also polled employers as to the type of drug testing utilized by each.  Urine-lab based testing continues to be the method of choice by employers.

Type of Testing

Percent Used

Type of Testing

Percent Used

Urine-lab based


Oral fluid – lab based




Oral fluid – instant


Hair testing




EBI To Present At 2011 HR Florida State Conference And Expo

Background Checks, Employment Background Investigations, SHRM

Robert Capwell - Chief Knowledge OfficerEmployment Background Investigation, Inc. - Chief Knowledge Officer, Robert Capwell, will present a session at the HR Florida State Council Conference in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, August 31st at 10:30am titled - Critical Background Screening Resources for HR Professionals in Florida.

Discussion topics within Mr. Capwell's presentation will include searching criminal records and sex offender databases in the state, an overview of education and employment fraud, and using social media for screening.   Capwell’s presentation will also highlight the complexities of navigating state and EEOC regulations for proper compliance as well as following FCRA guidance when conducting background checks.  Richard Kurland, President and CEO, stated that, “EBI keeps its clients informed on all of these risks and obstacles in the hiring process by providing regular online updates on employment background screening legislation and best practices to stay compliant.”
Kurland also commented that EBI has a dedicated Regulatory and Compliance department that is chartered with tracking industry and legislative trends.  The HR Florida State Council and its SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) affiliation provide educational programs and services to HR Professionals in the state. The HR Florida State Conference and Expo will be held from August 29-31, 2011 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.