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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

How Criminal Background Checks affect Teen Convicted Felons

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 16, 2017  |  Share       

Last week, NPR shared a story of Eduardo, a 32 year old man who was tried as an adult at age 17 when he was caught selling cocaine outside his New York apartment building. He was released on parole for good behavior but his criminal record has stayed with him ever since, affecting job and housing opportunities. In December, Governor Cuomo pardoned Eduardo, one of the first pardons in the state for those convicted for non-violent crimes at age 16 or 17, sealing his record from the public. 

Should employers be concerned?

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Topics: hiring employees, Tenant Screening, criminal background check

Blue Apron: Quick Hiring = Police Reports

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Oct 09, 2016  |  Share       

Some entrepreneurs will tell you that there are no original ideas. In fact, it's a startup company's execution on an idea that determines success. In 2012, when meal kit-delivery company Blue Apron was just getting started, there were similar services already gaining success. With some business acumen and VC backing, startup entrepreneur Matt Salzberg hoped to capitalize on the growing trend. Blue Apron has risen above its competition, now delivering close to 8 million meals each month to customers who wish to eat healthier and cook at home. A recent NPR report notes that rapid success of the company and the growing need for quick hiring has created a chaotic work environment for Blue Apron employees.

Fast hiring decisions can negatively affect your business and cause an unsafe company culture. Here's how. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, workplace violence policy, hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, negligent hiring, employee behavior

Signs and Costs of Hiring the Wrong Person

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 02, 2016  |  Share       

Recruiting, interviewing, screening and hiring are only part of the process of gaining new employees for your organization. Hiring and HR managers have much to consider beyond this - salary, benefits, workplace culture - and that doesn't even begin to cover the regulatory compliance challenges of hiring. With so much pressure to ensure a great company fit, the reality is that sometimes you will hire the wrong person. As with any challenges, the first step is recognizing that there's a problem and identifying why it's not working. 

Have you considered the true cost of hiring the wrong person in your organization?

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Topics: hiring employees, hiring practices, negligent hiring

Should Fingerprint Background Checks be used in Hiring Decisions?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 28, 2016  |  Share       

Fingerprinting has become a widely disputed topic with Uber's recent fight against attempts to fingerprint its drivers. State legislators believe it to be the safest way to ensure drivers, healthcare and childcare workers aren't harmful to those they serve. Matching job candidate fingerprints against the FBI criminal database would seemingly constitute a comprehensive and accurate background check if it didn't actually negatively impact many candidate's opportunities for employment.

When considering an applicant for employment, will fingerprinting tell the whole story?

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Topics: hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, criminal background check, fingerprinting

Assessing Criminal Records in Employment Decisions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, May 15, 2016  |  Share       

The Obama administration has recently proposed that federal agencies prohibit all inquiries about an applicant's criminal background until after the employer has extended a job offer. The Ban the Box imitative and the growing support behind the initiative allows those with criminal histories a fair chance at employment. Four years ago, the EEOC also asked employers to consider specific guidance when assessing an applicant's criminal history.

Employers recognize that they must make changes with regards to criminal background checks and hiring practices but many aren't sure where to begin.

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Topics: hiring employees, EEOC Compliance, criminal background check, background check policy

The Importance of Quality Employees in Property Management

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 09, 2016  |  Share       

Property managers have enough to worry about with maintenance and management of their properties, screening and placing safe and responsible tenants and ensuring rent is paid on time. A VeriFirst client recently shared with us that another challenge is the high rate of employee turnover in their leasing offices. As we went further into the discussion, we recognized the challenge of finding quality employees in property management affects more than just the front office. 

Your front office employees also affect the types of tenants that are being placed in your properties.

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Topics: hiring employees, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, employee behavior

Background Checks help Employers spot Resume Fraud

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 21, 2016  |  Share       

Hiring managers must sort through hundreds of resumes to find the perfect employee for their organizations. Those seeking employment will do what they can to stand out among the slew of resumes in the hands of a hiring manager. Because of this, and because more people are changing jobs than ever, fraud, over-exaggerations and lies on resumes are on the rise.

Background checks can ensure your applicant is telling the truth.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, hiring employees, Job Related Background Screening, Employment Background Screening

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

Workforce Eligibility: E-Verify Requirements in every State

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 23, 2015  |  Share       

In order for job applicants to be able to work in the United States, they must go through select requirements to prove citizenship or eligibility to work in the country. Each state, however, has different regulations. E-Verify was created to allow employers to run potential employees through a federal internet database to determine their workforce eligibility. E-Verify provides employers fast and free information on United States citizens and foreign citizens who have valid documentation to work in this country. 

When it comes to E-Verify mandates, every state is different. Some states require E-Verify checks on all applicants, while others do not require one at all.  The below is a list of E-Verify employer responsibilities, broken down by state. Please note, this list will be updated regularly. To receive automatic updates, you may subscribe to this blog using the options above.

We have compiled a complete and updated list of E-Verify requirements in every U.S. state. 

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Topics: E-verify, hiring employees, immigration

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