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How to Get the Best Background Checks for Small Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Feb 23, 2017  |  Share       

Because small businesses don't hire as many or as regularly as large enterprises, each new hire must be a solid fit for the company. Employees are working above and beyond their job description and in a growing business, finances and timing are crucial. Small business hiring managers must evaluate cost, ease and customer service when considering screening options. Other reasons for background checks include the potential of negligent hiring claims, damage to the brand reputation, and loss of company morale if the wrong person is hired. 

How can small businesses get the best and most cost-effective background checks?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, small business

Recruiting, Hiring and Screening Trends for 2017

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Jan 01, 2017  |  Share       

Technology and legislation greatly influence changes in human resources and hiring. Employers must stay aware of these changes in order to retain top talent and steer free of non-compliance and lawsuits. The most searched topics in 2016 within the VeriFirst blog include drug testing, adverse action and criminal background screening. In an attempt to continue to inform and educate our readers, we've examined predicted trends that will continue into 2017. 

Here are top recruiting, hiring and background check trends for the upcoming year. 

 
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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, hiring practices, recruiting, trends

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

7 Easy Steps to Conducting Background Checks on New Hires

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 16, 2016  |  Share       

Some organizations don't do background checks is because of concerns with time and cost. Conducting background checks on new hires shouldn't be something that stalls the hiring process. The ultimate goal with screening is to offer peace of mind for human resources professionals as well as hiring the right person for the right job.

The background check process should be easy and efficient in order to be worth it to a hiring manager. Here are 7 easy steps to conducting background checks.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, hiring practices

Blue Apron: Quick Hiring = Police Reports

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Oct 09, 2016  |  Share       

Some entrepreneurs will tell you that there are no original ideas. In fact, it's a startup company's execution on an idea that determines success. In 2012, when meal kit-delivery company Blue Apron was just getting started, there were similar services already gaining success. With some business acumen and VC backing, startup entrepreneur Matt Salzberg hoped to capitalize on the growing trend. Blue Apron has risen above its competition, now delivering close to 8 million meals each month to customers who wish to eat healthier and cook at home. A recent NPR report notes that rapid success of the company and the growing need for quick hiring has created a chaotic work environment for Blue Apron employees.

Fast hiring decisions can negatively affect your business and cause an unsafe company culture. Here's how. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, workplace violence policy, hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, negligent hiring, employee behavior

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

10,000 Refugees Placed in the U.S. Seeking Housing and Employment

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Sep 12, 2016  |  Share       

The New York Times reported last week that 10,000 Syrian refugees have been successfully placed within the United States. Many of the refugees were placed within the past three months. With their new legal status, the families will begin integrating into their communities, looking to connect with relatives already in the country, seeking employment and housing. Both businesses and landlords will need to understand how to help someone who is settling into the country, with previous employment or education records possibly destroyed by war. Will you be prepared? 

What does your HR department need to know in order to hire immigrants? Is your property management company prepared to offer residence to refugees?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, E-verify, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, immigration

What is a Basic Background Check?

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

For hiring managers, human resources, landlords, property managers or nonprofits, running background checks on applicants, tenants or volunteers may seem like an overwhelming proposition. Cost could be a factor as well as simply not understanding what information would be returned. At VeriFirst, we're frequently asked about "basic background checks" and if the information would be substantial enough to make a hiring or rental decision. 

What is included a basic background check?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening

Survey: How Do You Conduct Background Checks?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jun 20, 2016  |  Share       

A few weeks ago we asked you, our readers, about your background check best practices. At VeriFirst, we have over 10 years experience helping our clients with employment decisions and compliance challenges. We've dedicated this blog to helping others with FCRA compliance and hiring practices. We recognize that our faithful readers are on the front line and we wanted your experience of how your business handles hiring, screening and compliance issues. Thank you for your responses.

Here are the results of the Background Check Best Practices survey.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, 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

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