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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

How to Reintegrate Ex-Offenders: Employment

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 14, 2016  |  Share       

With the proliferation of Ban the Box and the growing call for fair chance regulations across the United States, employers are often left at a loss when a background check reveals an ex-offender. More Americans are talking about the nation's incarceration rate and how to successfully reintegrate those convicted of a crime, yet there is still substantial evidence that the paradigm shift hasn't fully been accepted. There is undeniable evidence that employment is one of the strongest factors in successful reintegration. 

Despite a criminal background, employing ex-offenders could be a positive contribution to society.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, criminal background check

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

The Importance of Quality Employees in Property Management

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 09, 2016  |  Share       

Property managers have enough to worry about with maintenance and management of their properties, screening and placing safe and responsible tenants and ensuring rent is paid on time. A VeriFirst client recently shared with us that another challenge is the high rate of employee turnover in their leasing offices. As we went further into the discussion, we recognized the challenge of finding quality employees in property management affects more than just the front office. 

Your front office employees also affect the types of tenants that are being placed in your properties.

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Topics: hiring employees, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, employee behavior

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

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