PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Nov 27, 2012) - Merchants Information Solutions, Inc. ("Merchants") has engaged two preeminent professors from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management (ranked #14-public business schools, #24 among business schools overall, 2012 U.S. News & World Report). Stephen Gilliland, Department Head, Management and Organizations and Jerel Slaughter, Associate Professor, Management and Organizations will work to support ongoing validation studies and research while advancing the Merchants Integrity Test ("MIT") through a high-level research project between Merchants and the University of Arizona.
"Forward-thinking businesses are demanding advanced screening tools that help them select the best people. We are honored to have Stephen and Jerel working with us to advance MIT. With three-plus decades in the marketplace, MIT has already proven to be "best in class" and with the addition of Stephen and Jerel we will take it to another level," said Russ Johnson, President & CEO of Merchants.
"In the Eller College, we are committed to enhancing the ethical climate of business. In addition to screening out potentially problematic employees, the MIT sends a clear message to all applicants that their organization is serious about integrity and ethics," said Dr. Stephen Gilliland.
"We are conducting a number of studies to refine and validate the MIT," said Dr. Jerel Slaughter. "Our initial results demonstrate that implementation of the MIT can significantly reduce workers' compensation costs."
"We are never done in the improvement process as our UA project shows and is a key reason why we recently celebrated 100 years in business," Johnson added. "We always want to be a compelling resource that directly and measurably enhances the financials and brand image of our clients," said Johnson.
About the Merchants Integrity Test
Noted for reducing workers' compensation loss rates by an average of 60% and reducing workplace hostility, theft and fraud while guaranteeing results, the powerful Merchants Integrity Test has saved employers millions of dollars each year by screening out high-risk job applicants who engage in counterproductive behaviors.
About Merchants Information Solutions
Merchants Information Solutions, the exclusive provider of the Merchants Pre-employment Integrity Test which is proven to reduce worker compensation rates an average of 60%, is a national leader in background screening for employers and residential communities as well as a leader in ID Theft Restoration Affinity programs. Honored to have as company national spokespersons Jerry Colangelo and Harvey Mackay, Merchants was founded nearly a century ago and is dedicated to delivering world-class identity theft and background screening solutions. Merchants is the only NATIONAL SINGLESOURCE PROVIDER of all recognized background screening tools and services for employers and multi-housing communities. www.merchantsinfo.com