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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

Is it better to have background checked and lost, than to have never checked at all?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 21, 2016  |  Share       

It's a great day when a hiring manager feels like they have the perfect candidate for the job. The candidate's resume was impressive. The interview was flawless and their ambition apparent. They may have even come highly recommended. The candidate is offered the position, pending a background check and drug test. Then, the bad news...

Your candidate has a criminal past or drug use. What now?

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, negligent hiring, failed background check

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

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

Should Fingerprint Background Checks be used in Hiring Decisions?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 28, 2016  |  Share       

Fingerprinting has become a widely disputed topic with Uber's recent fight against attempts to fingerprint its drivers. State legislators believe it to be the safest way to ensure drivers, healthcare and childcare workers aren't harmful to those they serve. Matching job candidate fingerprints against the FBI criminal database would seemingly constitute a comprehensive and accurate background check if it didn't actually negatively impact many candidate's opportunities for employment.

When considering an applicant for employment, will fingerprinting tell the whole story?

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Topics: hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, criminal background check, fingerprinting

How to do Due Diligence on Background Check Companies

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jul 20, 2016  |  Share       

We regularly write about not only the necessity of background checks but the rules and regulations around screening. With the rise of negligent hiring claims as well as lawsuits related to discrimination and noncompliant hiring practices, we wish to educate readers about how to stay out of a courtroom, hire the right person for the job and keep your focus on your core business. As a third party background screening provider, we also recognize the importance of adhering to the same rules and regulations . 

Here are some factors to consider when hiring a background check company.

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Topics: A Professional Background Screening Company, Employment Background Screening

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