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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, Seasonal hiring

Background Check Best Practices

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jun 07, 2016  |  Share       

Human resources and hiring professionals have both training and experience that influences hiring processes and how applicants are screened. Certain business practices may also affect how an applicant goes from being recruited to interviewed to background check to job offer. With over a decade of experience in assisting hiring decisions, the VeriFirst staff has seen it all and we hope to pass that knowledge to you.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening

Background Checks help Employers spot Resume Fraud

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 21, 2016  |  Share       

Hiring managers must sort through hundreds of resumes to find the perfect employee for their organizations. Those seeking employment will do what they can to stand out among the slew of resumes in the hands of a hiring manager. Because of this, and because more people are changing jobs than ever, fraud, over-exaggerations and lies on resumes are on the rise.

Background checks can ensure your applicant is telling the truth.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, hiring employees, Job Related Background Screening, Employment Background Screening

A Small Business Guide to Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Mar 30, 2016  |  Share       

When hiring for small businesses, terms like "flexible" and "wear many hats" are usually in the job description. After all, a small business is a growing business and employees must be willing to do their share, and probably even more, to ensure success and hiring of more employees. Hiring at the right time is challenging enough without considering if the person has unsettling marks on their history. Many small businesses find that background screening is too cost-prohibitive or complex. This doesn't have to be the case.

Here is a helpful guide to background checks for small businesses.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, small business

How Can Workplace Bullying be Prevented?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 04, 2016  |  Share       

For anyone who has been the victim of bullying, you know the psychological and physical toll it takes. For victims of adult bullies, especially in the workplace, the damage goes beyond your place of employment and frequently impacts life outside of work as well. Today's workplace is hyper-competitive and unfortunately, with that competition comes abusive and hostile tactics designed to take down even the best employees. 

Preventing workplace bullying is the responsibility of both employees and their employers. Here's how workplace bullying can be prevented.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, workplace violence policy, workplace bullying, Employment Background Screening

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

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