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Is it time to update your corporate background check policy?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, May 13, 2017  |  Share       

Organizations that wish to keep their employees and customers safe, and avoid negligent hiring claims, implement background checks. For startups and small businesses, these background checks may be rare but still recommended. For larger organizations and enterprise companies, there could be hundreds of background checks run on a monthly basis. In either case, a background check policy is helpful to set guidelines for investigating applicant backgrounds and triggers for re-running background screenings on current employees.

At some point, certain clues may point to the need for an updated background check policy.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, background check policy, hiring practices

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 01, 2017  |  Share       

Running a small business means paying close attention to the needs of your customers and your employees. Small business employees lay the groundwork of your organization including everything from human resources to accounting and development to sales. Along the way, small business owners have to listen closely to determine when it's time to hire. Hiring the right people, then, is important to help continue that growth. 

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business: Use these tips to determine when it's time to hire, how to run compliant background checks, and onboarding best practices.

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Topics: Human Resources, hiring employees, hiring practices, small business

Easy and Affordable Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 20, 2017  |  Share       

While it may seem that the terms "easy" and "affordable" don't necessarily fit with "background checks", we believe it to be true. With decade (and then some) in the screening business, VeriFirst offers simple and accessible background checks plus experience, plus high quality customer service, plus verification of the background check data we obtain. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, allow us to explain.

How can background checks be easy and affordable and still help you hire quality employees for your business?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Employment Background Screening

New Acting Chair, LGBTQ Rights: EEOC in the News

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 03, 2017  |  Share       

The Trump administration is making policy and leadership changes prompting more headlines regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the spirit of keeping VeriFirst readers informed, through our blog posts and social media (follow us on Twitter for current news), we've consolidated a few headlines that may be of interest for employers.

EEOC in the News

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Topics: Human Resources, employee relationship management, EEOC Compliance, discrimination, lgbtq

How Can Background Checks Improve your Candidate Experience?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 09, 2017  |  Share       

 

If you're in recruiting, hiring or human resources, you've probably heard the phrase "candidate experience". Reviewing 2017 Trends, hiring professionals predicted even more of a trend in power from employer to candidate. This means that organizations must provide a positive experience for candidates in order to attract top-notch talent. No longer is "branding" simply a marketing term. Human resources must also engage applicants with a strong and candidate-friendly hiring experience. 

How do background checks help improve candidate experience? Read on to learn more.

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Topics: Human Resources, hiring practices, recruiting, trends

The Importance of Auditing your HR Department

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 30, 2016  |  Share       

Audit. The word may as well be considered a 4-letter word to those in your human resources department. Human Resources managers may not look forward to harsh scrutiny of their hiring practices but audits are designed to save time, money and resources in the long run. The good news is that you can conduct internal audits to ensure regulatory compliance before facing an external auditor with a virtual clipboard and pen. 

Internal audits of your hiring practices mitigate risk for your company. Here's how.

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Topics: Human Resources, background check policy, hiring practices

The Human Resources Side of Sports

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 10, 2016  |  Share       

Are you ready for Gameday? Whether you're into Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey or Soccer - you may not realize what your favorite sports team goes through to keep their teams and games running smooth and safe for all. Sports teams are still a business and businesses still need human resources.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, A Professional Background Screening Company, Job Related Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, stadium operations, Seasonal hiring

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

Top 5 Scariest Job Interview Questions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 30, 2015  |  Share       

It's the most frightening time of the year. Yards are decorated with ghouls and goblins who'll soon be at your door asking for treats. Or maybe it's the most frightening time of your career search - when job interview questions can scare the wits out of you! Let us dig deeper into some of the creepiest questions that candidates might be asked during their next interview. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, social media and employment, Job Related Background Screening, criminal background check

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

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