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Ryan Howard

Vice President, Business Development at VeriFirst, a BYL Company
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Easy and Affordable Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 20, 2017  |  Share       

While it may seem that the terms "easy" and "affordable" don't necessarily fit with "background checks", we believe it to be true. With decade (and then some) in the screening business, VeriFirst offers simple and accessible background checks plus experience, plus high quality customer service, plus verification of the background check data we obtain. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, allow us to explain.

How can background checks be easy and affordable and still help you hire quality employees for your business?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Employment Background Screening

Challenges with Employment Verification Services

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 07, 2017  |  Share       

In recent news, high school journalism students in Kansas researched their new principal and found discrepancies on her resume. A simple online search revealed questions about the educator's credentials as well as former employers. After their investigation and check of her background, the principal subsequently resigned.

For employers, background checks help to reveal resume fraud however, there are some challenges to employment verification. 

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Topics: Employment History Verification, Employment Verification, Resume Fraud

The Do's & Don't's of Employment Applicant Consent

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 31, 2017  |  Share       

When conducting background checks or drug screening, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) dictates that employers obtain applicant consent and authorization. The form is ensure the applicant has been clearly notified and given permission for the employer to obtain background screening information. A recent court case reveals that employers are still trying to get around the strict regulations for this form. Far too many large organizations are being taken to court over the mishandling applicant consent. 

As a quick reference for employers, here are the do's and don't's of applicant consent to a background check.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance

The Complete Human Resources Background Screening Kit

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Mar 20, 2017  |  Share       

HR professionals and Recruiters: You've asked and we're answering! We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as the most frequently requested resources and sample templates, to make background checks and implementing a screening policy easier for employers. 

Here's what's included in our Complete Human Resources Background Screening Kit.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening

What Recruiters Want to Know about Background Checks

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

Recruiting and hiring can be quite the challenge in today's market due to changes in regulations, the "gig economy" and more millennials entering the workforce. VeriFirst's mission is to assist employers and recruiters in order to meet the following goals:

  • Hire the right person the first time
  • Make the hiring process as time and cost efficient as possible
  • Stay compliant and out of a courtroom

With over a decade of experience in background checks and working with employers, we're answering some common frequently asked questions.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, A Professional Background Screening Company, social media and employment, Employment Background Screening, recruiting

What is included in a National Criminal Background Search?

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

From 10+ years experience performing background checks, we know that employers are looking to save both time and money when hiring. Saving time and money also means ensuring the right person is hired because employee turnover definitely puts a dent in hiring costs. At a minimum for all candidates, a national criminal background check is definitely on the list of recommended basic background checks. Some employers may do an internet search for a "national criminal check" and hope to find quality data to help with their hiring decision. Be wary.

Is a National Background Search all-inclusive? The short answer to this is no. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Instant Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, criminal background check

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

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