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Employee Criminal Records: How far back should you look?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

In today's world, it's no longer safe to simply rely on a potential employee's resume as a reliable source of information. While the resume is a great source of information about the previous work history, conducting a criminal background check for employment has become an essential and vital part of hiring new employees.

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

How to Obtain Applicant Consent and Authorization to a Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

Background checks are becoming more common, not only for creditors and landlords, but for employers and people looking for roommates or babysitters. A background check can eliminate people who do not meet your set criteria. Perhaps you are an employer who requires your employees to use a company car. Obtaining a driving record is a critical piece in the employment process. By utilizing background checks, you are able to feel more confident that you are bringing a person into a situation that will work for everyone involved.

Before performing a background check, you need to make sure you understand some of the basics behind a background check.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening

Employer and Landlord Responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, May 03, 2017

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) places limits and rules on the usage of consumer reports by both employers and landlords. As such the following duties must be carried out when you are making use of a personal consumer report.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Fair Credit Reporting Act

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 01, 2017

Running a small business means paying close attention to the needs of your customers and your employees. Small business employees lay the groundwork of your organization including everything from human resources to accounting and development to sales. Along the way, small business owners have to listen closely to determine when it's time to hire. Hiring the right people, then, is important to help continue that growth. 

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business: Use these tips to determine when it's time to hire, how to run compliant background checks, and onboarding best practices.

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Topics: Human Resources, hiring employees, hiring practices, small business

Summer Hiring Heats up for Seasonal Staffing and Volunteers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Spring temperatures mean summer is coming quickly. Summer camps, retail, hospitality, sports leagues and other seasonal hiring and/or volunteering is underway or at least front of mind. While it may seem that background screening is too much of an investment for temporary work or service, there are many valid reasons for including it in the hiring process.

While summer jobs and volunteer opportunities provide valuable experience for the job seeker, employers must still protect themselves with background checks.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, volunteer background checks, Seasonal hiring

Easy and Affordable Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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