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What You Should Know About Pre-Employment Drug Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jun 07, 2017

The resume is flawless. The interview went perfectly. The job is yours, depending on the results of a background check and...drug screening. The very thought is frightening to most applicants, whether they use recreational drugs or not, when a great job is on the line. What exactly will employers find in that drug screening? The answers may surprise you. 

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Topics: Types of Background Checks

Slow Turnaround time for a Background Check? What gives?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 26, 2017

When a hiring manager is anxiously waiting results of a background check, it can feel like forever. If you've already decided that the candidate is perfect, it can seem especially frustrating. Hiring managers are nervous about missing out on high quality candidate and understand the necessity of perfect timing during the hiring process. Should you offer the job or run a background check first? Either way, a background check seems like necessary evil.

When you're ready to secure the future of a job candidate, why does a background check take so long?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Employee Criminal Records: How far back should you look?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

In today's world, it's no longer safe to simply rely on a potential employee's resume as a reliable source of information. While the resume is a great source of information about the previous work history, conducting a criminal background check for employment has become an essential and vital part of hiring new employees.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

Summer Hiring Heats up for Seasonal Staffing and Volunteers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Spring temperatures mean summer is coming quickly. Summer camps, retail, hospitality, sports leagues and other seasonal hiring and/or volunteering is underway or at least front of mind. While it may seem that background screening is too much of an investment for temporary work or service, there are many valid reasons for including it in the hiring process.

While summer jobs and volunteer opportunities provide valuable experience for the job seeker, employers must still protect themselves with background checks.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

What is included in a National Criminal Background Search?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 03, 2017

From 10+ years experience performing background checks, we know that employers are looking to save both time and money when hiring. Saving time and money also means ensuring the right person is hired because employee turnover definitely puts a dent in hiring costs. At a minimum for all candidates, a national criminal background check is definitely on the list of recommended basic background checks. Some employers may do an internet search for a "national criminal check" and hope to find quality data to help with their hiring decision. Be wary.

Is a National Background Search all-inclusive? The short answer to this is no. 

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

How Criminal Background Checks affect Teen Convicted Felons

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

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: Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

2016 Round-Up: Most Popular Background Check Blogs

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 23, 2016


The general consensus in America seems to be that 2016 may not have been a banner year. We like to look at the bright side of things and offer an annual gift to our readers. Good or bad, 2016 has been a busy year in many ways. We do our best to keep up with the latest news and legislation so that you can easily stay informed and continue to hire the best and brightest for your organizations. Without further ado....

VeriFirst's Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2016

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Disclosing Criminal Records on Job Applications: What Hiring Managers Should Look For

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 02, 2016

When selecting the right person to work for an organization, hiring managers must discern between their gut feelings, the job requirements and the information presented to them. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various Fair Chance and Ban the Box initiatives have questioned the necessity of criminal records disclosure until after an offer of employment. Denial of employment based on that record is also prohibited unless the record is job-related. In general, hiring best practices are to run a background check after offering a job to a candidate. 

What should managers look for regarding candidate disclosure of criminal records during the hiring process?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks

Background Screening and the Legalization of Marijuana

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Current election results now show that 4 more states have passed the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. States that now allow adult citizens to smoke weed include Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Other states passed new laws allowing marijuana for medical use. In total, there are 25 states, plus Washington D.C., that allow the use of marijuana in some way. See the full list below.

These results may have employers concerned about background screening and marijuana use on the job. Here are some things to consider.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks

What is a 613 Letter under the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 21, 2016

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is federal regulation enacted to protect consumer information and designates how that information is allowed to be used by consumer reporting agencies (CRA). The increasingly complex legislation has been amended several times since its inception in 1970 and is still up to interpretation and enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission. Section 613 of the FCRA has been under question by some employers vigilant to follow the law and mitigate the risk of litigation. 

While not offering legal advice, the intention of this post is to assist employers with a clearer understanding of FCRA section 613.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, FCRA Compliance