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Reduce Corporate Risk with Online Applicant Consent

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Nov 27, 2016

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 and Recruiting

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

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: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

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

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 21, 2016

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: Types of Background Checks, FCRA Compliance

Accurate and Compliant: Background Checks Keep Employers out of Courtrooms

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

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: Types of Background Checks, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

Could your business be at risk for an FCRA Lawsuit?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 27, 2016

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: FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

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

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 20, 2016

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: Human Resources, FCRA Compliance

Denying Employment: An Adverse Action Guide

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Apr 06, 2016

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: FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

5 Simple Ways for HR to Improve Background Check Compliance

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Considering the sheer amount of processes a human resources manager has to perform - from recruiting, interviewing, screening, hiring and more - staying compliant is important but often overlooked. Unfortunately, with FCRA legislation on the rise, HR must be aware of potential compliance challenges especially during the background check process.  

Being aware and following these five simple tips will help human resources to improve background check compliance.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2015

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 18, 2015

With 2016 looming around the corner (already?!), it is time to round up our annual list of VeriFirst's top background screening and compliance blogs of 2015. Much like the 2014 year end post, we'll be counting down to the number one most popular post. Dave Letterman may be off the air but his style of top 10 lists live on. Here we go!

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

Your New Hire Failed their Background Check. Now What?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

As hiring managers know, searching for the perfect candidate for a job is quite the task. Sorting through endless resumes, making calls and setting up interviews can be time-consuming and mind-numbing. When you land upon the perfect future employee on paper and their interviews are flawless, it feels like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting