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What Employers Need to Know: I-9 Forms, E-Verify & Immigration

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Feb 13, 2017  |  Share       

Currently, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees to complete verification of their eligibility to work in the United States by completing an I-9 form and submitting valid forms of identification.  Many employers that wish to remain compliant during I-9 audits have chosen to use an electronic version of the I-9 form or E-Verify. Some states have mandated E-Verify for all employers or at least federal employees. 

Changes in immigration laws, President Trump, and the new administration can lead to expected changes for employers as well. Here's what to expect.

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Topics: compliance, E-verify, immigration

Accurate and Compliant: Background Checks Keep Employers out of Courtrooms

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Oct 13, 2016  |  Share       

We're living in a more litigious society than ever and employers are at risk for violations and penalties if they're taken to court. More laws are being written to protect job applicants from discrimination in the job market, especially as it relates to criminal background checks. Human resources and hiring managers must individually assess each candidate thoroughly and accurately in order to make hiring decisions. The actions before and after the decision to hire (or not) must also follow up-to-date standards and regulations. 

If employers can obtain accurate data and stay compliant with the law, their litigation risk is lessened.

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Topics: compliance, FCRA Compliance, criminal background check, hiring practices

5 Simple Ways for HR to Improve Background Check Compliance

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 22, 2016  |  Share       

Considering the sheer amount of processes a human resources manager has to perform - from recruiting, interviewing, screening, hiring and more - staying compliant is important but often overlooked. Unfortunately, with FCRA legislation on the rise, HR must be aware of potential compliance challenges especially during the background check process.  

Being aware and following these five simple tips will help human resources to improve background check compliance.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, compliance, Job Related Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Automating Background Checks to Eliminate Data Entry

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Sep 24, 2014  |  Share       

As an employer, you know that finding the right person for the job requires careful and thorough background checks. The rigorous guidelines set forth by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) can make these background checks time-consuming and tedious. It may seem like a simple thing to do the data entry but when you add up all the documents required, data that needs to be entered, and then multiply that by the number of candidates to be covered, it can add up to a hefty amount of time and expense. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, compliance

Reasons to work with VeriFirst - An Infographic

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jun 10, 2014  |  Share       

Considering working with VeriFirst as your background screening provider of choice? Wondering what we can bring to the table to help in your hiring decisions? Here are 5 solid reasons to work with VeriFirst.

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

The New VeriFirst ComplianceCloud: Electronic I-9 and E-Verify

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jan 15, 2014  |  Share       

It’s all over the news. We’ve heard all about privacy concerns and how it affects our nation’s security. Have you ever wondered how privacy and security concerns could affect your business?

Enter ComplianceCloudSM.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment History Verification, compliance, E-verify, Employment Background Screening

The New VeriFirst ComplianceCloud: Fully automated employee screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jan 09, 2014  |  Share       


It’s 2014. A fresh start. A new way of looking at things. Wouldn’t you like to make your life a little… easier?

We are excited to reveal the results of over 300 hours of dedicated work on our Employee Screening process and dashboard with the launch of our ComplianceCloudSM on February 1.  The ComplianceCloudSM automates and expedites the background screening process for employers and employees with a simplified and more centralized interface, making FCRA compliance easier. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what the portal provides for applicant screening from consent to data transfer to applicant notification.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, compliance, Job Related Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

E-Verify Today! How do you comply after the Government Shutdown?

Posted by Chris Bilko on Fri, Oct 18, 2013  |  Share       

Do you have questions on what to do now that the federal government shutdown is over? You are not alone! The government shut down started merely as a debate that quickly grew into a ransom demand by the republicans. It is important to recgonize that the republican agenda was to defund obama care by means of a government shutdown. A government shut down that felt like congress taking a vacation for two weeks, and americans looking for answers to problems that are far from Obama Care. VeriFirst's agenda is not to go political, but to help human resource professionals to seek answers for questions regarding the Form I-9, and E-Verify responsibilities. VeriFirst Background Screening (a designated agent for E-Verify) is here to help.

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Topics: compliance, E-verify, Form I-9, Employment Background Screening

Building Value in a Crowded Industry

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 12, 2013  |  Share       

Let me start by defining what I mean by "Building Value".

Value is the perception of the relative worth, merit, or importance of something.  We too often only think of “value” in terms of money, and although price always place a part in a buying decision, other factors play a more important role in building value. I've included seven simple ideas on this concept below. But first, a quick story...and my inspiration for creating this post. 

I was looking for a mildew-removing solution for cleaning a small patch growing up the stucco on my house.  The big box store tried to sell me a large bottle of concentrate that required mixing with bleach, along with rubber gloves, scrub brushes, and goggles.  I passed on the 3 gallon bottle that would create 50 gallons of cleaner, enough for several 3-story houses and instead decided to try the little neighborhood hardware store near my home.

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Topics: business lessons, building value, compliance, managing change

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