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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.

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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?

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Topics: Instant Background Checks, FCRA Compliance

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.

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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?

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, FCRA Compliance, hiring practices

HR Guide to FCRA Compliant Background Checks: Federal vs. State FCRA regulations

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 20, 2016  |  Share       

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is meant to protect applicants against unfair hiring decisions based on results of their background checks. Most employers are aware of the federal FCRA regulations that they must follow during hiring procedures. Some states have also passed their own FCRA laws and employers must understand which of these laws affect the screening and hiring of certain applicants. 

Application of federal versus state FCRA regulations is dependent on many factors.

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Topics: A Professional Background Screening Company, FCRA Compliance

Denying Employment: An Adverse Action Guide

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Apr 06, 2016  |  Share       

As a recruiter or human resources professional, finding qualified candidates for hiring is an important part of your job. Sorting through endless resumes and profiles to find a gem is a little like finding a needle in a haystack. With the added pressure of managers, your goal is to make a decision quickly. A background check helps narrow your choices and, when one candidate's screening reveals a mark on his record, you move on to the other candidates. You hire the perfect employee, with experience and a clean record, and you feel that your job is done.

Except it isn't.

Small businesses and enterprise businesses alike must abide by the rules of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when hiring and denying employment. Here's how. 

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, hiring employees, FCRA Compliance

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