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How to Spot and Prevent a Workplace Bully

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Toxic co-workers can infect a workplace, especially if your co-worker becomes abusive, belittling or violent. Perhaps the behavior started with snarky comments or gossip and has slowly escalated to a level of discomfort or avoidance of the person altogether. Even if the behavior is only affecting you or someone you know, it should be reported to the human resources department. Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe and comfortable working environment for employees. 

Employers take note: Here's how to spot and prevent a workplace bully.

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Topics: workplace violence policy, workplace bullying

Who is Lying on a Resume? Here's How to Find the Truth.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 28, 2017

As if reviewing hundreds of resumes isn't challenging enough, hiring managers also have to be diligent in detecting falsities. When statistics and surveys consistently reveal that at least 50% of job seekers will lie on their resumes, it can be quite the challenge to reveal the truth about your applicant. The good news is that hiring managers do have a not-so-secret weapon to determine the truth-tellers from those who aren't being so forthcoming. 

Like Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth, hiring managers can discover who is lying on a resume. Here's how.

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Topics: Resume Fraud

Reduce Hiring Bias with Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 21, 2017


If you were to take a survey of your current employees, would you find that you've hired people from all walks of life? Some companies aren't aware of bias in their recruitment and hiring of employees. Implicit bias is, by its very definition, unconscious. When companies are biased in their hiring, without being conscious of it, how can the challenge be resolved? Is there a way to reduce bias during the hiring process?

Can background checks reduce bias in hiring and recruiting of employees?

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Topics: hiring employees, hiring practices, discrimination

Background Checks for Sports, Arena & Stadium Operations

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 14, 2017

When attending a professional sports game, concert, or event, you will likely have to open your bags and/or walk through a metal detector before being allowed into the arena. Read about any college  or professional sports team draft and you'll likely hear discussions about screening players before they're considered. Do you think about the background of the hot dog vendor who's scanning your credit card or the security team that escorts you out of the stadium?

Hiring managers can be All-Stars too by keeping stadium employees and customers safe.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, background check policy, professional sports

Can Employers ask about Salary History?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The state of California is considering a bill to ban employers from asking job applicants about salary history. Some cities and states such as New York City, Oregon and Philadelphia have already passed bans against employer inquiries of pay history. Proponents of this wave of legislation say that sharing salary history, especially those who already experience pay discrimination, could lead to more wage inequality.

Employers want to know: How will salary history laws affect hiring and screening practices?

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

Are "At Will" Employers Required to Send Adverse Action Notices?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 30, 2017


Because states handle labor and employment laws differently, there may be some confusion among employers. Recently, a VeriFirst customer from Texas asked if they are required to send adverse action notices since Texas is an "at will" employment state. While it's true that states have mandated their own FCRA laws, no employer is exempt from following federal FCRA guidelines, including adverse action notices.

To learn more about at will employment and adverse action, keep reading.

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, FCRA Compliance, Employment Law

How to Establish a Background Screening Budget for your Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 23, 2017

When it comes to determining a budget for background screening, employers must look within. Employee turnover will be drastically different depending on the type of business, the typical ages of employees, the growth or downsizing of the business, if the business has been acquired or merged with another business and more. Even with all of those variables, there is a logical way to determine a background screening budget for your business. 

Budgeting for employee background screening can be achieved with the following considerations.

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Topics: Background Check Budget

What is the Difference Between State and Federal FCRA Laws?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jun 19, 2017

When employers are using credit reports and other background checks to determine their hiring decisions, they must abide by the consumer protections set forth in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Some states have enacted their own FCRA laws that may be more specific and offer greater protections for that state's citizens. As a hiring manager, these two levels of legislation can be overwhelming or confusing during the hiring process.

When screening potential employees, what's the difference between state and federal FCRA laws?

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

What You Should Know About Pre-Employment Drug Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jun 07, 2017

The resume is flawless. The interview went perfectly. The job is yours, depending on the results of a background check and...drug screening. The very thought is frightening to most applicants, whether they use recreational drugs or not, when a great job is on the line. What exactly will employers find in that drug screening? The answers may surprise you. 

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Topics: electronic drug screening, drug testing

Cost of a Background Check: How Much Should You Pay?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Over the past decade, the consumer reporting and background screening industry has seen significant growth. With growth typically comes competition, and with competition usually comes aggressive pricing. The cost of a criminal background check can vary by search type and by screening company (aka Consumer Reporting Agency - CRA). This post is to provide an estimate of what employers and landlords can expect to pay when conducting employment and tenant screening.   

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, A Professional Background Screening Company, Resident Screening, Tenant Screening, Cost of a Background Check