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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

Seasonal Hiring? Don't Cut Corners on Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 06, 2015  |  Share       

According to a 2015 Career Builder forecast, 33% of U.S. employers plan to hire seasonal staff this year and more than half of retailers plan to hire seasonal employees. All of those numbers are up over 2014. 

So why do background checks on seasonal employees? 

57% of employers expect to transition some seasonal staff into full-time employees, up from 42% last year.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, criminal background check, Seasonal hiring

The Internet of Hiring Practices

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 25, 2015  |  Share       

As a 21st century hiring manager or human resources professional, you know that the days of endless paperwork and job fairs aren't over yet. Still, the internet is connecting everything and hiring candidates is no exception. Here are 5 ways the internet of hiring practices is making your life easier.

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Topics: social media and employment, hiring employees, hiring practices

How to Avoid EEOC Claims and Litigation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 08, 2015  |  Share       


With the recent release of fiscal year enforcement and litigation data from the EEOC for 2014, it is clear that too many companies are involved with EEOC claims and litigations. The financial costs of this litigation are two-fold: the cost of the actual lawsuit and the cost of paying damages to the employee. These costs still don't factor in the cost to your human resources or legal department in terms of employee morale and job satisfaction. The best strategy for any business is to prevent the claim altogether. 

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Topics: hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, EEOC Compliance

Why an Electronic Form I-9 is a Good Hiring Practice

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 01, 2015  |  Share       

When a new employee is hired, they must complete certain paperwork to verify that they are legally able and eligible to work in the United States.

With immigration policies moving to the forefront of political agendas, more companies are being subjected to immigration audits. As a best practice, maintaining proper documentation is crucial to keeping auditors from catching your human resources department off guard.

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Topics: Human Resources, E-verify, Form I-9, hiring employees

Human Resources Guide to a Compliant Background Check Policy

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 09, 2015  |  Share       

In order to remain compliant with federal regulations, your human resources department must be well-acquainted with the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) and the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). The FCRA offers detailed instructions on the information an employer is allowed to obtain on a candidate, how, when and why the information is allowed to be gathered and the applicant's notification during the process. The EEOC ensures that an applicant is not discriminated against based on their race, color, national origin, sex, or religion; disability; genetic information and age. With the threat of litigation affecting so many hiring policies, let us help you create a human resources guide to a compliant background check policy.

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Topics: Human Resources, hiring employees, background check policy

5 Ways to Avoid FCRA Class Action Litigation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 20, 2015  |  Share       

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

Courting Your Applicant

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 06, 2015  |  Share       

February is the month of love and we couldn't help considering the love affair between star applicants and hiring managers. Let us review the courting process - from the first date to the big happy day that the applicant becomes the employee.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, hiring employees

Need a Background Check? A Hiring Manager's New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 02, 2015  |  Share       

It's a new year and hiring managers continue to carry most of the responsibility when it comes to the employee selection process. As a critical member of the human resources team at an organization, hiring managers see employment through from the resume and phone interview phases to background checks and an eventual hiring decision. Here are a few things every hiring manager should keep in mind when getting a background check.

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

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