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Reduce Corporate Risk with Online Applicant Consent

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Nov 27, 2016  |  Share       

In the past few months, Lyft, Bank of America and Dish Network were in courtrooms for not obtaining proper FCRA disclosures prior to running background checks on their employees. The Fair Credit Reporting Act regulates strict procedures as it relates to consumer reporting and background checks. Often, corporations have performed background screening and human resources tasks the same way for years without updating their processes to remain compliant. With technology and the need to reduce corporate risk, compliance can be maintained without the added overhead on an HR department.

Reduce the risk of corporate litigation by implementing an online applicant consent system.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance, hiring practices

Is it better to have background checked and lost, than to have never checked at all?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 21, 2016  |  Share       

It's a great day when a hiring manager feels like they have the perfect candidate for the job. The candidate's resume was impressive. The interview was flawless and their ambition apparent. They may have even come highly recommended. The candidate is offered the position, pending a background check and drug test. Then, the bad news...

Your candidate has a criminal past or drug use. What now?

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, negligent hiring, failed background check

Background Screening and the Legalization of Marijuana

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 10, 2016  |  Share       

Current election results now show that 4 more states have passed the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. States that now allow adult citizens to smoke weed include Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Other states passed new laws allowing marijuana for medical use. In total, there are 25 states, plus Washington D.C., that allow the use of marijuana in some way. See the full list below.

These results may have employers concerned about background screening and marijuana use on the job. Here are some things to consider.

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Topics: drug testing

Should my business use an Applicant Tracking System?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 28, 2016  |  Share       

In today's competitive and digital climate, hiring managers are relying more on the Internet, social media, online meetings and other ways to recruit and hire faster. When organizations take an effective and strategic approach to hiring, business goals are more readily brought into reach. Customer satisfaction is increased and the cost of hiring is reduced. One way to streamline hiring is the use of an Applicant Tracking System. 

Should your business use an Applicant Tracking System to attract and hire talent?

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Topics: iCIMS integration

What is a 613 Letter under the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 21, 2016  |  Share       

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is federal regulation enacted to protect consumer information and designates how that information is allowed to be used by consumer reporting agencies (CRA). The increasingly complex legislation has been amended several times since its inception in 1970 and is still up to interpretation and enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission. Section 613 of the FCRA has been under question by some employers vigilant to follow the law and mitigate the risk of litigation. 

While not offering legal advice, the intention of this post is to assist employers with a clearer understanding of FCRA section 613.

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Topics: Instant Background Checks, FCRA Compliance

Accurate and Compliant: Background Checks Keep Employers out of Courtrooms

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Oct 13, 2016  |  Share       

We're living in a more litigious society than ever and employers are at risk for violations and penalties if they're taken to court. More laws are being written to protect job applicants from discrimination in the job market, especially as it relates to criminal background checks. Human resources and hiring managers must individually assess each candidate thoroughly and accurately in order to make hiring decisions. The actions before and after the decision to hire (or not) must also follow up-to-date standards and regulations. 

If employers can obtain accurate data and stay compliant with the law, their litigation risk is lessened.

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Topics: compliance, FCRA Compliance, criminal background check, hiring practices

Blue Apron: Quick Hiring = Police Reports

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Oct 09, 2016  |  Share       

Some entrepreneurs will tell you that there are no original ideas. In fact, it's a startup company's execution on an idea that determines success. In 2012, when meal kit-delivery company Blue Apron was just getting started, there were similar services already gaining success. With some business acumen and VC backing, startup entrepreneur Matt Salzberg hoped to capitalize on the growing trend. Blue Apron has risen above its competition, now delivering close to 8 million meals each month to customers who wish to eat healthier and cook at home. A recent NPR report notes that rapid success of the company and the growing need for quick hiring has created a chaotic work environment for Blue Apron employees.

Fast hiring decisions can negatively affect your business and cause an unsafe company culture. Here's how. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, workplace violence policy, hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, negligent hiring, employee behavior

The Importance of Auditing your HR Department

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 30, 2016  |  Share       

Audit. The word may as well be considered a 4-letter word to those in your human resources department. Human Resources managers may not look forward to harsh scrutiny of their hiring practices but audits are designed to save time, money and resources in the long run. The good news is that you can conduct internal audits to ensure regulatory compliance before facing an external auditor with a virtual clipboard and pen. 

Internal audits of your hiring practices mitigate risk for your company. Here's how.

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Topics: Human Resources, background check policy, hiring practices

Why Background Check Companies Charge Access Fees

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

In the age of the internet and free information, a point of frustration for some business or property owners is paying fees to background screening companies. After all, data seems to be readily available if you simply take the time to look for it. In fact, this is one of our most commonly asked questions. As is our usual VeriFirst style, we aim to educate and be transparent to clients who use our service.

Allow us to explain why professional background screening companies have access fees.

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Topics: A Professional Background Screening Company

EEOC: Workplace Retaliation is Not Okay

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

Let's say you're working for an organization and you frequently notice workplace discrimination. These practices could be in the form of wage differences between genders, discrimination because of age, race, national origin or even sexual orientation. As an employee, you want to be able to confront management about unfair practices, especially as they are protected under various laws. Then you notice that you're passed over for a promotion, demoted or even fired with little or no reason given. This is workplace retaliation.

The EEOC has released new guidance against workplace retaliation. Here's what employers need to know.

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Topics: workplace bullying, employee morale, employee relationship management, EEOC Compliance, Employment Law

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