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Are "At Will" Employers Required to Send Adverse Action Notices?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 30, 2017

 

Because states handle labor and employment laws differently, there may be some confusion among employers. Recently, a VeriFirst customer from Texas asked if they are required to send adverse action notices since Texas is an "at will" employment state. While it's true that states have mandated their own FCRA laws, no employer is exempt from following federal FCRA guidelines, including adverse action notices.

To learn more about at will employment and adverse action, keep reading.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance

What is the Difference Between State and Federal FCRA Laws?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jun 19, 2017

When employers are using credit reports and other background checks to determine their hiring decisions, they must abide by the consumer protections set forth in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Some states have enacted their own FCRA laws that may be more specific and offer greater protections for that state's citizens. As a hiring manager, these two levels of legislation can be overwhelming or confusing during the hiring process.

When screening potential employees, what's the difference between state and federal FCRA laws?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

Adverse Action Notice: Common Compliance Questions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

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. 

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How to Obtain Applicant Consent and Authorization to a Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

Background checks are becoming more common, not only for creditors and landlords, but for employers and people looking for roommates or babysitters. A background check can eliminate people who do not meet your set criteria. Perhaps you are an employer who requires your employees to use a company car. Obtaining a driving record is a critical piece in the employment process. By utilizing background checks, you are able to feel more confident that you are bringing a person into a situation that will work for everyone involved.

Before performing a background check, you need to make sure you understand some of the basics behind a background check.

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Topics: Tenant Background 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

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.

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

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

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 31, 2017

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

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: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

Recruiting, Hiring and Screening Trends for 2017

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Jan 01, 2017

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: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

2016 Round-Up: Most Popular Background Check Blogs

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 23, 2016


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: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Update: What Landlords Need to Know About Screening Tenants

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 09, 2016

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 Background Screening, FCRA Compliance