Unlike Happy Fun Ball, Court Records Need No Disclaimers

By Michael Gaul |

Accept no substitutes.

Ever see the SNL skit about Happy Fun Ball? It was supposedly happy and fun, but the disclaimers made it sound like it must be at least a little bit dangerous.

We have all seen the latest “pill” solution to an intractable ailment that comes with a list of disclaimers that make the original symptoms seem mild. I have often seen solutions named for the antithesis of what they actually are, and often oxymoronically. “Military Intelligence”, “Affordable Healthcare”, “Happy Fun Ball.”

While not quite an oxymoron, “Criminal Monitoring” is often just not what it portends to be. Monitoring implies some incremental period, hours, but certainly not days…. Solutions that rely on national criminal databases cannot be called monitoring IMHO. Perhaps “Periodically Updated Solution.” Depending on the data source, these database solutions may not contain all records, name match only. Seems the guys at SNL could write one hell of a disclaimer on this.

In fact, the FCRA speaks to this, requiring that information reflect accuracy and completeness. The very existence of this requirement implies that we should proceed with caution lest “Happy Fun Ball” accelerate to dangerous speeds and land us in a mess with our clients, and our client’s clients.

Bottom line, court records need no disclaimers.

Michael Gaul
About Michael Gaul
Michael is a results-oriented marketing executive with over two decades of experience in employment screening, physical security, and business process management. Michael has deep experience in human capital risk management and a passion for educating business leaders and HR professionals on strategies that tangibly protect their interests. Michael serves on the Board of the Secure Cash and Transport Association (SCTA) and is a member of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), and the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).