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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

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

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