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Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2014

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 12, 2014  |  Share       

The end of the year is sneaking up on us quickly and before we know it, it'll be 2015. Before we bid farewell to the previous 12 months, we thought we'd do a recap of the most popular background screening posts from this year. In David Letterman style, we'll start at number 10. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Adverse Action Notice, hiring employees, Job Related Background Screening, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, criminal background check

HR Question: Gender Neutral and Transgenders in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 20, 2014  |  Share       

In a recent landmark decision, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel determined that the U.S. Army discriminated against a veteran who had transitioned from male to female. In July, the President signed an executive order against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees of the federal government. According to the Human Rights Campaign, as of April 2013, 88% of the Fortune 500 companies had implemented non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, and 57% had policies that include gender identity.

Transgender and gender neutral rights are protected under various employment regulations including the EEOC. Hiring practices and workplace discrimination are being widely scrutinized. Has your organization adopted a non-disrimination policy? Have you considered the hiring challenges that could be discriminating?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, hiring employees, employee relationship management, Employment Background Screening, discrimination, lgbtq

Automating Background Checks to Eliminate Data Entry

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Sep 24, 2014  |  Share       

As an employer, you know that finding the right person for the job requires careful and thorough background checks. The rigorous guidelines set forth by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) can make these background checks time-consuming and tedious. It may seem like a simple thing to do the data entry but when you add up all the documents required, data that needs to be entered, and then multiply that by the number of candidates to be covered, it can add up to a hefty amount of time and expense. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, compliance

How to Create a Hiring Checklist

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Sep 18, 2014  |  Share       

Finding and retaining the right people for your company can be difficult. However, with the right approach, you can find the right candidates for your organization while adhering to the fair hiring practices. To help you with this approach, here is a way to create a hiring checklist.

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Topics: Human Resources, A Professional Background Screening Company, hiring employees

Common HR Violations of the FCRA

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Sep 03, 2014  |  Share       

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

Are Hiring Practices Fair?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jul 23, 2014  |  Share       

When hiring for your industry, you are expected to provide equal opportunity for all candidates.  This means recruiting employees and treating them fairly on the basis of merit such as experience, skills, or ability to do the job.  It also means avoiding the use of factors like race, age, religion, gender, disability, or family status to make decisions regarding employment.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, hiring employees, Taking Chances on People, Employment Background Screening

Screening Rules and Compliance Varies By State

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 13, 2014  |  Share       


A staggering 92% of employers require their employees to have employment background checks. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) oversees the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and works to insure certain standards are followed. In addition to the FCRA, each state has the right to insure another layer of protections (so long as they do not conflict federal regulations), which vary from state to state. In any case, when you are conducting employment background checks, you should make sure your actions and interpretations are fair and congruent with both federal and state employment background check laws. The following information addresses some of most common areas in which state legislation can vary across state lines. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Job Related Background Screening

A Holiday Gift: Introducing ComplianceCloud for Employee Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Dec 23, 2013  |  Share       


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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, E-verify, Form I-9, hiring employees, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, EEOC Compliance

The Boston Red Sox and VeriFirst: A Winning Combination

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 11, 2013  |  Share       

Verifirst would like to extend a hearty congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the 2013 World Series. Did you know that Verifirst has a history of working with winning teams?

We’re still humming Sweet Caroline in our heads as we offer 5 fun facts about the 2013 baseball champions:

  • The largest crowd at Fenway Park was a Red Sox-Yankees game on Sept 22, 1935 - 47,627. Because of fire-codes, that number is impossible to reach legally now.
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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources

Managing Change: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Sep 23, 2013  |  Share       

I am not talking about your significant other's roaring snore, or the television being left on. Instead, I am referencing those daily activities (or lack thereof) in business that cause you to worry at night. For many of us, these thoughts can be boiled down to one common denominator - "Change". 

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Topics: Human Resources, Human Capital, managing change, hiring employees, employee relationship management

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