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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: 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

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

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

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

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: Employee Background Screening, compliance, Job Related Background Screening, 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: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, hiring practices, Top Posts

In the News: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 23, 2015

EEOC in the Headlines

Star Wars and Back to the Future aren't the only stories in the headlines this month. The EEOC recently filed 62 lawsuits during the month of September alone. In fact, they filed more lawsuits this past fiscal year than they did in the previous year. A majority of the lawsuits were Title VII with race discrimination lawsuits up year over year. Interesting to note, current EEOC litigation involves cutting edge suits that test the boundaries of the law. Here are the latest EEOC headlines.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, EEOC Compliance, Employment Law

In the News: Fair Credit Reporting Act

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 09, 2015

FCRA in the Headlines

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) may not be as glamorous as the Kardashian Family but business owners and HR professionals are probably used to seeing just as many headlines. Or at least they should be. On a daily basis, companies are facing litigation for not being aware of the strict regulations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Other news stories focus on FCRA violations from the point of view of those it was made to protect. Here are a few of the latest FCRA headlines. 

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Topics: FCRA Compliance, Fair Credit Reporting Act

5 Ways to Avoid FCRA Class Action Litigation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Now more than ever, FCRA class action lawsuits in employment are on the rise. Within the past few weeks, Pizza Hut and Michaels were both hit with litigation regarding FCRA complaints about the use of employees' background checks. Here are 5 ways to avoid FCRA class action and keep your human resources department out of the court system.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, hiring employees, FCRA Compliance

Common HR Violations of the FCRA

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Sep 03, 2014

Despite consumer protections in the form of federal law - the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) - there are common credit violations that still occur, including inaccurate and outdated reporting. However in the background screening and human resources industry, many of the latest FCRA violations have come from non-credit related information.

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Topics: Human Resources, FCRA Compliance, credit history