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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

When should an employer run a credit history on job applicant?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, May 13, 2014  |  Share       

There are a lot of concerns when hiring an employee. Not only do you want to pay attention to their experience and skill set, you also want to check their background to make sure they are a good fit for your company. Many companies have taken to checking the credit history of a potential client. This helps them give an overall sense of how responsible the individual is. However, checking a potential employee’s credit history can be a slippery slope. After all, a poor credit history does not necessarily mean that they are financially irresponsible.

State laws concerning credit history checks
Many states look down upon the use of an applicant’s credit history as a basis for their potential employment, especially after the economic downturn that ended up affecting many people’s credit scores without real fault of their own. In fact, many states, such as California, Connecticut, Illinois and Washington, to name a few, have actually passed laws prohibiting employers from using credit reports to aid them in the hiring process. Many other states are also considering similar laws.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, credit history

Screen for the Position: HR Guide to Safe Hiring and Cost Management

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 18, 2013  |  Share       

In college, I was a Communications major with a focus in broadcast journalism. I recall something a professor said to me in one of my post production (editing) courses. In reference to the importance of having good material (footage) to use in the edit bay, he told me the best cameramen will always "Shoot for the edit".

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, Job Related Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Cost of a Background Check, EEOC Compliance

Adverse Action Notices: What are they, and when do I send them?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Feb 28, 2013  |  Share       

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, FCRA Compliance

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