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List of Top Background Check Practices

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Background checks are important for employers to avoid claims of negligent hiring, reduce employee turnover, and create an overall safe work environment. Screening best practices will also reduce cost, reduce the risk of non-compliance, and create consistency in hiring processes. Employers who use background checks to their advantage will be ready for any investigations by regulatory agencies such as the EEOC and the FTC enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  

Employers are wise to follow this...

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

When Should Employers Consider Criminal History Records?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 07, 2017

 

Employers depend on accurate criminal history records when making a hiring decision based on background screening. A criminal background check is used to ensure a safer workplace and reduce the risk of negligent hiring claims. When making a hiring decision based on a background check report, however, the employer must show that there is areason that the criminal record affects the hiring decision. The employer's policy must be reasonably related to the job requirements.  

So when should employers consider criminal history records? Here's what you need to know...

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

2017 Background Check Trends: What Employers Need to Know for 2018

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Employers and HR professionals have quite the task to keep up with updated state regulations and background check industry trends. Changes in employment and recruiting provoke changes in laws and protections for those seeking work, currently working, or working independently. Employers must also be mindful of their hiring practices and screening processes to prevent discrimination or negligent hiring. 

Here are 2017 background check and hiring trends and what employers need to know in the new year.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting, Immigration

Is it Time to Rescreen Seasonal Employees?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The holidays are approaching and ecommerce and brick-and-mortar retailers are already hiring for the season. Some retailers also employ some of the same individuals as previous seasons. With the mad rush of seasonal hiring and the familiarity of previous seasonal employees, background screening may be skipped because it costs too much or takes too long. Employers must consider that 30% of merchandise or cash stolen is due to employee theft. Even a temporary or trusted employee can cause damage to a retail business' bottom line, reputation, and more. 

Retailers: Is it time to screen or rescreen seasonal employees? Here are some questions to consider to understand why background checks are important to seasonal hiring.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check, Hiring and Recruiting

Why Periodic Background Screening of Current Employees is Important

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 17, 2017

When employers screen an applicant and their criminal record is clean, it doesn't necessarily mean that their record remains that way.  Unfortunately, employers facing claims of negligent hiring due to workplace violence and employee theft know this all too well. Employees face hardships and challenges in their lives that may lead to activities the employer would deem harmful. New hires may also be held to a different standard than employees who were hired years before. 

Is it normal for employers to do periodic background screening of current employees?
Why is it important?

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How Accurate are Employee Criminal Background Checks?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

When background screening a new employee or current employees, accuracy is vital. Not only do employers want the truth about potential criminal activities, candidates and employees don't want to lose an employment opportunity due to false information.  Employers must also allow the screened applicant time to dispute inaccurate information through the use of FCRA adverse action procedures.  In other words, the veracity of criminal background checks is very important.

When screening an employee, how accurate are criminal background checks?

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

Court Rules Against Employer in FCRA Compliance Case

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Nov 01, 2017

 
Not only do employers have the task of running their businesses but they must also stay aware of laws that relate to employment. There has been a sharp increase in litigation brought against employers who may be in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act during their hiring and screening processes. If an applicant doesn't pass a background check, the employer must follow a set of "adverse action" procedures to inform the applicant. When these procedures aren't followed, employers are facing fines and lost resources.

A recent court case reveals another potential hit for employers if their hiring processes aren't FCRA-compliant.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance

Ghosting in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Have you ever hired the perfect employee for a job posting and they never show up for their first day? You, my friend, have been "ghosted".  No, that doesn't mean your workplace is haunted. The term originated in the dating world when a romantic interest suddenly goes silent. It has unfortunately taken on a life of its own, trending in the world of human resources.

Much like spirits in the material world, ghosting has no place in employment. Here's why it happens.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

AI-Based Recruiting Helps and Challenges Hiring

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Depending on the size of a company, a hiring manager could receive dozens of resumes from candidates that may not be qualified for the job. The challenge is to attract the right candidates and then sort through their resumes to determine which ones have the potential for hire. Technology, by way of artificial intelligence (AI), is the future of recruiting. 

AI won't replace humans in the hiring process but HR should be aware of new challenges it presents.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

How HR Can Reduce Isolation & Loneliness in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

A recent Harvard Business Review article stated that over 40% of adults in America feel lonely.  As the 19th U.S. Surgeon General who served from 2014 - 17, the author also noted that employees and up to half of CEOs report feeling lonely in their roles, even if they love their jobs.  This "loneliness" epidemic affects not only health, but business as well.

What can human resources professionals to do reduce feelings of isolation in the workplace?

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management