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Is it time to update your corporate background check policy?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, May 13, 2017  |  Share       

Organizations that wish to keep their employees and customers safe, and avoid negligent hiring claims, implement background checks. For startups and small businesses, these background checks may be rare but still recommended. For larger organizations and enterprise companies, there could be hundreds of background checks run on a monthly basis. In either case, a background check policy is helpful to set guidelines for investigating applicant backgrounds and triggers for re-running background screenings on current employees.

At some point, certain clues may point to the need for an updated background check policy.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, background check policy, hiring practices

The Importance of Auditing your HR Department

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 30, 2016  |  Share       

Audit. The word may as well be considered a 4-letter word to those in your human resources department. Human Resources managers may not look forward to harsh scrutiny of their hiring practices but audits are designed to save time, money and resources in the long run. The good news is that you can conduct internal audits to ensure regulatory compliance before facing an external auditor with a virtual clipboard and pen. 

Internal audits of your hiring practices mitigate risk for your company. Here's how.

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Topics: Human Resources, background check policy, hiring practices

Assessing Criminal Records in Employment Decisions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, May 15, 2016  |  Share       

The Obama administration has recently proposed that federal agencies prohibit all inquiries about an applicant's criminal background until after the employer has extended a job offer. The Ban the Box imitative and the growing support behind the initiative allows those with criminal histories a fair chance at employment. Four years ago, the EEOC also asked employers to consider specific guidance when assessing an applicant's criminal history.

Employers recognize that they must make changes with regards to criminal background checks and hiring practices but many aren't sure where to begin.

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Topics: hiring employees, EEOC Compliance, criminal background check, background check policy

Would Post-Hire Screening have stopped the Uber Kalamazoo Killing Spree?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Feb 29, 2016  |  Share       


The devastating killing spree by an Uber driver in Kalamazoo, Michigan over the weekend has again opened up the topic of proper background screening. Uber has actually been targeted for their background check process for some time and, unfortunately, each terrible event brings more skepticism. Even though an organization like Uber pre-screens potential employees before hire, many neglect to screen employees after they are hired.

If Uber had a post-hire screening process, could the Kalamazoo killing spree have been prevented?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Job Related Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, background check policy, negligent hiring, employee behavior

What is "Negligent Hiring" - and how HR Managers can help prevent it

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 31, 2015  |  Share       

With news accounts of Uber drivers being accused of rape and police officers accused of suspicious deaths of people in custody, negligent hiring claims are in the news and on the rise. Negligent hiring is a legal claim made against an employer when there is failure to take action to prevent damage given the authority of the employee’s position.

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Topics: background check policy, hiring practices, negligent hiring

3 Tips for Hiring & Screening Credit Union Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 23, 2015  |  Share       

Credit unions, much like any financial institution, must be sure to hire highly qualified, well screened employees. Because the position requires a level of trust and security, a background check is necessary during the credit union hiring process. A credit report may be part of the background check but there are other things to consider when hiring the right person for the job. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, OFAC Compliance, Employment Background Screening, background check policy

Running Background Checks on Current Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 17, 2015  |  Share       

Running a background check on new hires is a common HR practice. Applicants recognize that their criminal backgrounds, credit history, driving records and professional experience (among other things) could possibly be a deterrent to a job offer. Employees currently working for an organization may not expect a background check from their employer, however. While not a common practice across all industries, we are asked the question with some regularity and thought we should address it.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Job Related Background Screening, background check policy

Human Resources Guide to a Compliant Background Check Policy

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 09, 2015  |  Share       

In order to remain compliant with federal regulations, your human resources department must be well-acquainted with the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) and the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). The FCRA offers detailed instructions on the information an employer is allowed to obtain on a candidate, how, when and why the information is allowed to be gathered and the applicant's notification during the process. The EEOC ensures that an applicant is not discriminated against based on their race, color, national origin, sex, or religion; disability; genetic information and age. With the threat of litigation affecting so many hiring policies, let us help you create a human resources guide to a compliant background check policy.

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Topics: Human Resources, hiring employees, background check policy

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