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SHRM16 Overview [Video]

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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!

EBI Exhibiting - Booth #1849 at SHRM in Orlando


Employment Background Investigations, Inc. will be exhibiting at the 66th Annual SHRM Conference and Expo, the world’s largest HR conference, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from June 22-24.

The 120,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall will welcome over 14,000 Human Resources Professionals and 600 exhibitors. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Robin Roberts, Laura Bush, David Novak and Tom Friedman. Country Music star Tim McGraw will be the Tuesday night entertainment.

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. 

Employment Background Investigations (EBI) to Present At 2013 SHRM Conference and Expo in Chicago

Background Checks, SHRM

Employment Background Investigations, Inc Director, Haynes Young will present a session at the 65th Annual SHRM Conference and Expo on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM titled 'Comprehensive Background Screening’.

Mr. Young will share almost a decade of background screening, drug testing, and talent management expertise with attendees, and his thought-provoking session will cover the critical role that background screening and drug testing play in the hiring process, along with an overview of current industry trends and best practices.  Attendees will learn the essential tools needed to create and administer a comprehensive program along with other important take-a-ways.

“We work in an industry that is constantly evolving and we embrace this opportunity to educate the HR community,” states EBI’s President and CEO Richard Kurland.  “We are honored to share our expertise at this year’s premier HR event, not only through Haynes Young’s session but also as an exhibitor.”

EBI will be showcasing J-One, their award-winning software technology that optimizes the background screening, drug testing and e-verify process at unprecedented levels.  J-One’s industry-leading advancements make the entire screening process paperless and include global processing, mouse signatures, candidate portals and on-demand disclosures and forms.

Stop by booth #2437 and learn more about how J-One, EBI’s SMART Technology platform, can optimize your screening program by adding hundreds of cutting-edge technology advancements that will save you time and money.  And while you are at the EBI booth, you can play “Spin & Win” for a chance to instantly win a Kindle Fire, gift cards and other prizes.

Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI) is a technology driven innovator and leader in providing domestic and global background employment screening, drug testing, and occupational healthcare and I-9 compliance solutions.  With emphasis on business process optimization, EBI services over 5,000 clients in over 200 countries and territories worldwide and specializes in the development, implementation and management of comprehensive and customized employment screening programs for large and multi-national clients.  EBI is a founding member and active participant within the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).  EBI is the only background screening firm to hold an ISO27001:2005 certification for information security and to be accredited by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) created by the NAPBS.

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?

EBI Exhibiting - Booth #2531 at SHRM in Atlanta – Learn How We Take the Work Out of Hiring!


EBI is excited to exhibit at this year’s Society of Human Resource Managements’ (SHRM) conference and exposition in Atlanta.  SHRM continues to outdo itself by scheduling charismatic speakers, first-class HR education and outstanding entertainment.  This year’s conference in Atlanta features keynote speakers such as Condoleezza Rice, Malcolm Gladwell, Jim Collins and Tom Brokaw, and Jerry Seinfeld will be this year’s Tuesday night entertainment.  With estimates of over 19,000 attendees and exhibitors, the HR community will be flooding the Atlanta area for first-class education and a chance to mingle with exhibitors and take a first-hand look at the latest and greatest in HR related products and services.

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.

Employment Background Investigations Was A Huge Hit At The 2011 SHRM Conference In Las Vegas


SHRM pulled out all the stops at this year’s conference in Las Vegas with keynote speakers like Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Tony Hsieh, Michael J. Fox and a sold out music performance by Keith Urban.  With estimates of over 14,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors, the HR community hit the Las Vegas strip for one of the city’s premier conferences of the summer. 

Visit EBI At The 63rd Annual SHRM Conference & Exposition In Las Vegas


Employment Background Investigations, Inc (EBI) will be exhibiting at booth # 1317 at the 63rd Annual Conference & Exposition being presented by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  The SHRM Exposition provides a rare and invaluable opportunity to meet HR professionals in an environment dedicated to networking, innovation and growth.  EBI will be one of over 650 companies presenting at this world class event in Las Vegas.