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How to Get the Best Background Checks for Small Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Feb 23, 2017  |  Share       

Because small businesses don't hire as many or as regularly as large enterprises, each new hire must be a solid fit for the company. Employees are working above and beyond their job description and in a growing business, finances and timing are crucial. Small business hiring managers must evaluate cost, ease and customer service when considering screening options. Other reasons for background checks include the potential of negligent hiring claims, damage to the brand reputation, and loss of company morale if the wrong person is hired. 

How can small businesses get the best and most cost-effective background checks?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, small business

What Employers Need to Know: I-9 Forms, E-Verify & Immigration

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Feb 13, 2017  |  Share       

Currently, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees to complete verification of their eligibility to work in the United States by completing an I-9 form and submitting valid forms of identification.  Many employers that wish to remain compliant during I-9 audits have chosen to use an electronic version of the I-9 form or E-Verify. Some states have mandated E-Verify for all employers or at least federal employees. 

Changes in immigration laws, President Trump, and the new administration can lead to expected changes for employers as well. Here's what to expect.

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Topics: compliance, E-verify, immigration

New Acting Chair, LGBTQ Rights: EEOC in the News

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 03, 2017  |  Share       

The Trump administration is making policy and leadership changes prompting more headlines regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the spirit of keeping VeriFirst readers informed, through our blog posts and social media (follow us on Twitter for current news), we've consolidated a few headlines that may be of interest for employers.

EEOC in the News

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Topics: Human Resources, employee relationship management, EEOC Compliance, discrimination, lgbtq

How Criminal Background Checks affect Teen Convicted Felons

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 16, 2017  |  Share       

Last week, NPR shared a story of Eduardo, a 32 year old man who was tried as an adult at age 17 when he was caught selling cocaine outside his New York apartment building. He was released on parole for good behavior but his criminal record has stayed with him ever since, affecting job and housing opportunities. In December, Governor Cuomo pardoned Eduardo, one of the first pardons in the state for those convicted for non-violent crimes at age 16 or 17, sealing his record from the public. 

Should employers be concerned?

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Topics: hiring employees, Tenant Screening, criminal background check

How Can Background Checks Improve your Candidate Experience?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 09, 2017  |  Share       

 

If you're in recruiting, hiring or human resources, you've probably heard the phrase "candidate experience". Reviewing 2017 Trends, hiring professionals predicted even more of a trend in power from employer to candidate. This means that organizations must provide a positive experience for candidates in order to attract top-notch talent. No longer is "branding" simply a marketing term. Human resources must also engage applicants with a strong and candidate-friendly hiring experience. 

How do background checks help improve candidate experience? Read on to learn more.

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Topics: Human Resources, hiring practices, recruiting, trends

Recruiting, Hiring and Screening Trends for 2017

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Jan 01, 2017  |  Share       

Technology and legislation greatly influence changes in human resources and hiring. Employers must stay aware of these changes in order to retain top talent and steer free of non-compliance and lawsuits. The most searched topics in 2016 within the VeriFirst blog include drug testing, adverse action and criminal background screening. In an attempt to continue to inform and educate our readers, we've examined predicted trends that will continue into 2017. 

Here are top recruiting, hiring and background check trends for the upcoming year. 

 
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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, hiring practices, recruiting, trends

2016 Round-Up: Most Popular Background Check Blogs

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 23, 2016  |  Share       


The general consensus in America seems to be that 2016 may not have been a banner year. We like to look at the bright side of things and offer an annual gift to our readers. Good or bad, 2016 has been a busy year in many ways. We do our best to keep up with the latest news and legislation so that you can easily stay informed and continue to hire the best and brightest for your organizations. Without further ado....

VeriFirst's Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2016

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, electronic drug screening, drug testing

7 Easy Steps to Conducting Background Checks on New Hires

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 16, 2016  |  Share       

Some organizations don't do background checks is because of concerns with time and cost. Conducting background checks on new hires shouldn't be something that stalls the hiring process. The ultimate goal with screening is to offer peace of mind for human resources professionals as well as hiring the right person for the right job.

The background check process should be easy and efficient in order to be worth it to a hiring manager. Here are 7 easy steps to conducting background checks.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, hiring practices

Update: What Landlords Need to Know About Screening Tenants

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 09, 2016  |  Share       

Landlords must follow regulated processes when choosing tenants for their properties. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) protects consumers from inaccurate information and allows the ability to dispute false claims. If a property owner chooses to screen potential tenants, and if they work with consumer reporting agencies or other companies who provide information about tenants to property owners, these regulations must be followed. In late November 2016, the Federal Trade Commission issued new guidance with regards to tenant screening.

Here's an update on what landlords need to know about screening tenants.

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Topics: Tenant Screening, FCRA Compliance

Disclosing Criminal Records on Job Applications: What Hiring Managers Should Look For

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 02, 2016  |  Share       

When selecting the right person to work for an organization, hiring managers must discern between their gut feelings, the job requirements and the information presented to them. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various Fair Chance and Ban the Box initiatives have questioned the necessity of criminal records disclosure until after an offer of employment. Denial of employment based on that record is also prohibited unless the record is job-related. In general, hiring best practices are to run a background check after offering a job to a candidate. 

What should managers look for regarding candidate disclosure of criminal records during the hiring process?

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Topics: criminal background check

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