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Screening Practices for a Drug-Free Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 06, 2019

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Drug-Free Workplace Act requiring employers of federal workers and certain federal contractors to adopt a drug-free workplace policy and create drug-free awareness programs. Today, many employers have chosen to adopt these policies and programs as the norm. If your organization is considering implementing a drug-free workplace or already has one in place, this post will offer what to consider, reasons to adopt the policy, drug screening practices and more.

Read more to learn about screening practices and how to implement a drug-free workplace.

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

VeriFirst Achieves NAPBS Background Screening Accreditation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Sep 03, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that VeriFirst Background Screening, LLC has successfully demonstrated compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and will now be formally recognized as BSCC-Accredited.

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Topics: VeriFirst Insider

How Other Companies Recruit and Hire Their Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Recruiting new employees doesn't have to be about placing an ad or scouring LinkedIn anymore. These days, hiring managers have their eyes open all the time to find perfect candidates. Once the candidates are found, it's important to create a fair and consistent candidate experience to keep job seekers interested.

If you're curious how businesses recruit and hire their employees, read on.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Speed Up Hiring with a Paperless Process

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 16, 2019

Feeling swamped by paperwork? As an HR professional, your desk is a bevy of resumes, applications, contracts and interview notes.  You may even have some electronic or online tasks but the process isn't efficient or consistent. Going paperless not only saves trees but may also reduce the time and effort it takes to recruit and hire. 

Here's how paperless hiring can speed up your recruiting, hiring and on boarding process.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

Why Do Background Check Companies Charge Access Fees?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 09, 2019

In the age of the internet and free information, a point of frustration for some business or property owners is paying fees to background screening companies. Data seems to be readily available if you simply take the time to look for it, right? This is one of our most commonly asked questions. As is our usual style, we aim to educate and be transparent to clients who use our service and those who are doing research.

Here's why professional background screening companies have access fees.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check

Are Background Checks Required Under the SAFETY Act?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 02, 2019

VeriFirst works with many Professional Sports Teams and Stadium managers across the United States. A number of our clients have obtained or are in the process of obtaining SAFETY Act Certification for their stadium and facilities. At a high level, they are doing this to mitigate risk, ensure the safety of their fans and facilities, and leverage a number of additional benefits that are associated with being SAFETY Act Certified.

Read more to learn:

  • What is the SAFETY Act?
  • Who should obtain SAFETY Act designations and certifications?
  • Does the SAFETY Act require or recommend employee or personnel background checks?
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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Professional Sports Screening, Employment Law

What Background Checks Look Like in a Multigenerational Workforce

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Employers are at an interesting era of creating a multigenerational workforce. Workplaces are more diversified than ever and now include five different generations:

  • The "Silent Generation": born from 1928 - 1945 (2% of the U.S. workforce)
  • Baby Boomers: born 1946 - 1964 (25% of workforce)
  • Generation X: born 1965 - 1980 (33% of workforce)
  • Millennials (Generation Y): born 1981 - 1996 (35% of workforce)
  • Generation Z: born 1997 - (5% of workforce)¹

In and of itself, a workforce made up of employees aged 72+ down to 18 years of age can face challenges of working together, finding inclusive motivation and battling stereotypes. Examining background checks of these groups is even more enlightening. 

Here's what to expect on background checks of a multigenerational workforce.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

How to Use Employee Background Checks Wisely

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 05, 2019

No matter the size of the business, turnover is costly.  It's estimated that the cost of replacing each employee is about three fourths of their salary.  This, of course, means that a hiring mistake can be costly even if the employee doesn't file post-separation action such as a discrimination claim or wrongful termination suit.

In order to protect the company's investment in the assets that are its employees, HR professionals are increasingly relying on tools designed to help ensure that only the "best" candidates are selected. They expect that these candidates are already perfect or are likely to develop into great employees. Among the most popular and effective of those tools is employment background screening. 

Here are best practices for using employment background checks wisely.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

Cost of a Background Check: How Much Should You Pay?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jul 02, 2019

Over the past decade, the consumer reporting and background screening industry has seen significant growth. With growth typically comes competition, and with competition usually comes aggressive pricing. The cost of a criminal background check can vary by search type and by screening company (aka Consumer Reporting Agency - CRA). This post is to provide an estimate of what employers and landlords can expect to pay when conducting employment and tenant screening.   

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check

Background Checks on First-Time Job Candidates and Recent Grads

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Employers hiring recent graduates or first-time job candidates are faced with a different set of challenges during background checks. For one thing, there's not much in the "job history" category.  Younger generations aren't going to be familiar with a hiring process or what it entails. They need patience and understanding - especially if they really enjoyed their youth and got in trouble with the law. 

Here are some considerations during employment background checks for first time job seekers and recent grads.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting