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2016 Round-Up: Most Popular Background Check Blogs

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


The general consensus in America seems to be that 2016 may not have been a banner year. We like to look at the bright side of things and offer an annual gift to our readers. Good or bad, 2016 has been a busy year in many ways. We do our best to keep up with the latest news and legislation so that you can easily stay informed and continue to hire the best and brightest for your organizations. Without further ado....

VeriFirst's Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2016

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, electronic drug screening, drug testing

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

Could your business be at risk for an FCRA Lawsuit?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 27, 2016  |  Share       

Class action lawsuits involving employers and possible violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) can shake up human resource professionals. Of course no one intentionally violates federal (or state) regulations. Hiring managers hope to do what's best by their employers - hiring the right people for the right jobs. Because of the complexity of regulations and other compliance challenges, many employers are unknowingly putting themselves at risk for an FCRA lawsuit. 

Could your business be at risk for a lawsuit?

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, FCRA Compliance, hiring practices

Denying Employment: An Adverse Action Guide

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Apr 06, 2016  |  Share       

As a recruiter or human resources professional, finding qualified candidates for hiring is an important part of your job. Sorting through endless resumes and profiles to find a gem is a little like finding a needle in a haystack. With the added pressure of managers, your goal is to make a decision quickly. A background check helps narrow your choices and, when one candidate's screening reveals a mark on his record, you move on to the other candidates. You hire the perfect employee, with experience and a clean record, and you feel that your job is done.

Except it isn't.

Small businesses and enterprise businesses alike must abide by the rules of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when hiring and denying employment. Here's how. 

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, hiring employees, FCRA Compliance

Your New Hire Failed their Background Check. Now What?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 12, 2015  |  Share       

As hiring managers know, searching for the perfect candidate for a job is quite the task. Sorting through endless resumes, making calls and setting up interviews can be time-consuming and mind-numbing. When you land upon the perfect future employee on paper and their interviews are flawless, it feels like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, hiring practices

What to do when an Applicant Background Check reveals a Criminal Record

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 18, 2015  |  Share       

Background Check Reveals Criminal Record

With news stories about Uber failing to catch criminal records during background checks and Ban The Box legislation to give those with criminal backgrounds a better chance at employment, there is yet another important twist in the story. Some candidates are denied employment due to criminal records on their background checks... and the record is not theirs.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, criminal background check

5 Ways to Avoid FCRA Class Action Litigation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 20, 2015  |  Share       

Now more than ever, FCRA class action lawsuits in employment are on the rise. Within the past few weeks, Pizza Hut and Michaels were both hit with litigation regarding FCRA complaints about the use of employees' background checks. Here are 5 ways to avoid FCRA class action and keep your human resources department out of the court system.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, hiring employees, FCRA Compliance

Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2014

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 12, 2014  |  Share       

The end of the year is sneaking up on us quickly and before we know it, it'll be 2015. Before we bid farewell to the previous 12 months, we thought we'd do a recap of the most popular background screening posts from this year. In David Letterman style, we'll start at number 10. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Adverse Action Notice, hiring employees, Job Related Background Screening, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, criminal background check

Adverse Action 101

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 07, 2014  |  Share       

As a property manager, hiring manager or Human Resources professional, you are on the forefront of decision-making for your organization. You are also responsible for knowing the latest governmental regulations for your HR industry. We receive many questions around adverse action and how it relates to your hiring decisions. We thought we’d start with the basics. (If you already know how when to send the notice, you can grab a free Pre-adverse and Adverse Action template here).

Adverse Action is the denial of employment or any other decision based entirely or partially on a consumer report which would negatively affect a current employee or a potential future employee. If that sounds like a mouthful, it's because it is paraphrasing the language set forth in two notice requirements that are part of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Any employer that takes adverse action against a current or prospective employee must follow the provisions of the FCRA, or be subject to federal penalties. Here are the sections you’ll want to focus on:

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice

Can you email Adverse Action Notices?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jun 19, 2014  |  Share       

You’ve received negative results on a background screening for a prospective tenant or employee, and now you’re wondering what you should do next. Can you simply move on to the next prospect, or are you legally bound to notify the individual in question before moving forward to other candidates?

Adverse action notices are necessary
Adverse action notices inform potential employees and tenants in the event that their application has been denied based upon the results of a consumer report. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires notice be given to consumers any time a consumer report is used to deny an application.

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

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