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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

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

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

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Sep 14, 2016  |  Share       

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

How to do Due Diligence on Background Check Companies

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jul 20, 2016  |  Share       

We regularly write about not only the necessity of background checks but the rules and regulations around screening. With the rise of negligent hiring claims as well as lawsuits related to discrimination and noncompliant hiring practices, we wish to educate readers about how to stay out of a courtroom, hire the right person for the job and keep your focus on your core business. As a third party background screening provider, we also recognize the importance of adhering to the same rules and regulations . 

Here are some factors to consider when hiring a background check company.

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Topics: A Professional Background Screening Company, Employment Background Screening

The Human Resources Side of Sports

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 10, 2016  |  Share       

Are you ready for Gameday? Whether you're into Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey or Soccer - you may not realize what your favorite sports team goes through to keep their teams and games running smooth and safe for all. Sports teams are still a business and businesses still need human resources.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, A Professional Background Screening Company, Job Related Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, stadium operations, Seasonal hiring

HR Guide to FCRA Compliant Background Checks: Federal vs. State FCRA regulations

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 20, 2016  |  Share       

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is meant to protect applicants against unfair hiring decisions based on results of their background checks. Most employers are aware of the federal FCRA regulations that they must follow during hiring procedures. Some states have also passed their own FCRA laws and employers must understand which of these laws affect the screening and hiring of certain applicants. 

Application of federal versus state FCRA regulations is dependent on many factors.

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Topics: A Professional Background Screening Company, FCRA Compliance

Why Startups Need a Background Screening Company

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 19, 2016  |  Share       

Since the recent recession, entrepreneurial activity in the United States continues to grow due to layoffs and restructuring of prominent corporations. 2015 was the year that startup activity rose for the first time in five years, with the largest year-over-year increase from the previous twenty years. In fact, trends show that 2 out of every 10 new entrepreneurs came from being previously unemployed.With startup growth dependent on hiring the right person for the job, a solid foundation of hiring processes is more important than ever. 

Here's why startups need a background screening company...

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, A Professional Background Screening Company, Employment Background Screening

New Background Screening Features for 2016

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jan 14, 2016  |  Share       

Happy New Year to our awesome blog readers and clients! Thank you so much for continuing to add to the conversation with your comments and emails. We are happy to be your resource for background check, hiring and compliance information.

All year long, we are enhancing and adding to our background screening platform features to create a trustworthy and clean interface for our clients. With a long list of improvements to security, stability and compliance, we have also released the following improvements to our background screening program - at no extra charge to you!

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Topics: A Professional Background Screening Company, E-verify, electronic drug screening

Happy Independence Day

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 03, 2015  |  Share       

 

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How to Create a Hiring Checklist

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Sep 18, 2014  |  Share       

Finding and retaining the right people for your company can be difficult. However, with the right approach, you can find the right candidates for your organization while adhering to the fair hiring practices. To help you with this approach, here is a way to create a hiring checklist.

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Topics: Human Resources, A Professional Background Screening Company, hiring employees

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