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Background Screening and Investigations by W. Barry Nixon, Kim Kerr

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12 International Background Checks: The New Frontier in Employment Screening

Nick Fishman, Jason B. Morris, Les Rosen, Michael Damm

“The world is flat,” opined Thomas Friedman in his like-titled best-selling book. He was referring to the global economy and how business is no longer confined to borders of one’s country or large bodies of water. This concept applies to the preemployment screening industry as well, but we didn’t quite get there over night.

It is believed that the first preemployment background checks in the United States were conducted as early as the late 1800s by Pinkerton Security Company. No doubt the process was both tedious and time consuming. It was probably limited to a very basic criminal check and education and employment ...

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