The right information.

Compliant Background Screening Solutions for Better, Faster Decision Making.

Adverse Action Notice: Common Compliance Questions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017  |  Share       

When taking adverse actions, following the rules is paramount.

When a background check on an applicant and/or current employee or tenant yields negative results, your next move seems obvious: Grab the next application and move on! Right? Not entirely. 

Read More

Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Employer and Landlord Responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, May 03, 2017  |  Share       

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) places limits and rules on the usage of consumer reports by both employers and landlords. As such the following duties must be carried out when you are making use of a personal consumer report.

Read More

Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Do's & Don't's of Employment Applicant Consent

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 31, 2017  |  Share       

When conducting background checks or drug screening, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) dictates that employers obtain applicant consent and authorization. The form is ensure the applicant has been clearly notified and given permission for the employer to obtain background screening information. A recent court case reveals that employers are still trying to get around the strict regulations for this form. Far too many large organizations are being taken to court over the mishandling applicant consent. 

As a quick reference for employers, here are the do's and don't's of applicant consent to a background check.

Read More

Topics: FCRA Compliance

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?

Read More

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. 

 
Read More

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

Update: What Landlords Need to Know About Screening Tenants

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 09, 2016  |  Share       

Landlords must follow regulated processes when choosing tenants for their properties. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) protects consumers from inaccurate information and allows the ability to dispute false claims. If a property owner chooses to screen potential tenants, and if they work with consumer reporting agencies or other companies who provide information about tenants to property owners, these regulations must be followed. In late November 2016, the Federal Trade Commission issued new guidance with regards to tenant screening.

Here's an update on what landlords need to know about screening tenants.

Read More

Topics: Tenant Screening, FCRA Compliance

Reduce Corporate Risk with Online Applicant Consent

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Nov 27, 2016  |  Share       

In the past few months, Lyft, Bank of America and Dish Network were in courtrooms for not obtaining proper FCRA disclosures prior to running background checks on their employees. The Fair Credit Reporting Act regulates strict procedures as it relates to consumer reporting and background checks. Often, corporations have performed background screening and human resources tasks the same way for years without updating their processes to remain compliant. With technology and the need to reduce corporate risk, compliance can be maintained without the added overhead on an HR department.

Reduce the risk of corporate litigation by implementing an online applicant consent system.

Read More

Topics: FCRA Compliance, hiring practices

What is a 613 Letter under the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 21, 2016  |  Share       

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is federal regulation enacted to protect consumer information and designates how that information is allowed to be used by consumer reporting agencies (CRA). The increasingly complex legislation has been amended several times since its inception in 1970 and is still up to interpretation and enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission. Section 613 of the FCRA has been under question by some employers vigilant to follow the law and mitigate the risk of litigation. 

While not offering legal advice, the intention of this post is to assist employers with a clearer understanding of FCRA section 613.

Read More

Topics: Instant Background Checks, FCRA Compliance, Fair Credit Reporting Act

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.

Read More

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

Could your business be at risk for an FCRA Lawsuit?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 27, 2016  |  Share       

Class action lawsuits involving employers and possible violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) can shake up human resource professionals. Of course no one intentionally violates federal (or state) regulations. Hiring managers hope to do what's best by their employers - hiring the right people for the right jobs. Because of the complexity of regulations and other compliance challenges, many employers are unknowingly putting themselves at risk for an FCRA lawsuit. 

Could your business be at risk for a lawsuit?

Read More

Topics: Adverse Action Notice, FCRA Compliance, hiring practices

Become an expert with our resources

Free Report Sample Employee & Tenant Screening   DOWNLOAD REPORT
Free Template Background Screening & Decision Matrix   DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
Free Quote Personalized & Flexible Price Quote   REQUEST QUOTE